INVESTCORP – The True Story Behind Its Creation

The purpose of this true story is to set the record straight. Written more than a quarter of a century after the creation of INVESTCORP, it will show how this unique investment entity was conceived, developed and implemented under the auspices of the Arab Monetary Fund and its President, Dr. Jawad Hashim. The period to which it refers is 1977 to 1984. The story is divided into twelve (12) sub-chapters, starting with Chronology of Events page and ending with Appendixes page which in itself provides ten (10) links to multipage PDF documents.

The Demographic Profiles of Arab States, 2017

From United Nations’ Economic & Social Commission for Western Asia:
The profiles provide demographic data and trends per Arab country for the period 1980-2050, and could serve as a reference for researchers conducting demographic research as well as social research with a population dimension.  The key demographic indicators presented in the profiles include population size, including urban and rural populations, population growth rate, life expectancy at birth, infant mortality rate, under-five mortality rate, maternal mortality ratio, contraceptive prevalence, fertility rate, dependency ratios and population age structure.  This is in addition to data on the international migrant stock, remittances, refugee population, internally displaced persons and education and youth unemployment.

Arab Countries: At a Glance

This is an extract of Dr. Jawad Hashim’s article “The Shape Of The Post Gulf War, Middle-East” which became part of U.S. Congressional Record. Part of that written opinion dealt with the background of the Arab region. The Arab Countries: At a Glance describes characteristics of the Arab countries that still apply now at present time.

The Manifesto — A Plan For National Regeneration

Nearly fifteen years after the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the country is now facing its most crucial test of survival. This Manifesto is the product of three years of reflection and debate, culminating in intense activity throughout 2017. It rejects the politics of division, and the branding of any Iraqi community as enemy. All of those involved in the debate agreed on the importance of introducing a comprehensive platform for reform and change in Iraq and the urgency of doing so immediately.

How to Avoid an ISIS 2.0 in Iraq

We must secure military gains in Iraq with a political victory, argue Michael O’Hanlon and Sara Allawi. Otherwise, we risk the emergence of an ISIS 2.0 among embittered Sunni populations.

The Arab World: Waking From Its Sleep

A quiet revolution has begun in the Arab world; it will be complete only when the last failed dictatorship is voted out. What ails the Arabs? The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) this week published the fifth in a series of hard-hitting reports on the state of the Arab world. It makes depressing reading. The Arabs are a dynamic and inventive people whose long and proud history includes fabulous contributions to art, culture, science and, of course, religion. The score of modern Arab states, on the other hand, have been impressive mainly for their consistent record of failure.

Articles, opinions, keynotes, reports, papers, publications and books
authored by Dr. Jawad M. Hashim

Iraq Negotiating With US Oil, Gas Companies

Iraq Negotiating With US Oil, Gas Companies

US companies are eager to strengthen bilateral cooperation with Iraq in all industrial sectors, especially in oil and gas, the Iraqi Ministry of Oil said on Thursday after US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman met with Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar Al-Luaibi. Al-Luaibi invited US companies to take part in tenders called by the Iraqi ministry and said Iraq was preparing more favorable work conditions for foreign companies investing and doing business in Iraq, Oil Price reported. The two US supermajors, ExxonMobil and Chevron, already have operations in parts of Iraq. Exxon signed an agreement in 2010 with Iraq’s South Oil Company to redevelop and rehabilitate the West Qurna I Oilfield in southern Iraq.

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Iraqi Elections Will Be Held on Time, Says Prime Minister

Iraqi Elections Will Be Held on Time, Says Prime Minister

Mr Al Abadi has faced internal pressures to postpone the elections for at least six months but is adamant they will go ahead. Iraqi prime minister Haider Al Abadi has assured the nation that parliamentary and provincial elections will be held in Iraq in May as scheduled. Mr Al Abadi has faced internal pressures from the State of Law Coalition and the Union of Sunni forces in addition to Kurdish parties to postpone the elections for at least six months, Al Hayat, the pan-Arab newspaper reported. But in his weekly press conference, the prime minister dismissed any doubts, saying, “The cabinet today reiterated that provincial and parliamentary elections will be held on 12 May 2018.,” Mr Al Abadi said. “There is no reason for delaying the elections.”

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How Sunnis’ Post-Isis Crisis Is Leading Some to a New Iraqi Nationalism

How Sunnis’ Post-Isis Crisis Is Leading Some to a New Iraqi Nationalism

As Iraq celebrates the defeat of ISIS, the Sunni Arab community is confronting an identity crisis in the aftermath of the occupation. For some, accommodation with the Shiite-led government offers a new Iraqi nationalism. While unbridled joy has greeted the defeat of the so-called Islamic State across Iraq, the wreckage left behind includes severe trauma to Iraq’s Arab Sunnis – leaving the minority community facing what some say is an existential crisis. One metric by which to assess this is the numbers: Most of the 5 million displaced persons in Iraq are Sunnis. And most of the tens of thousands of Iraqis who were killed, raped, or kidnapped by ISIS jihadists are Sunnis. Nearly every city left in ruins by the fight to expel ISIS – from Fallujah and Ramadi to Mosul – is predominantly Sunni. Another metric is psychological: The community’s failure has been so acute – succumbing to nearly four years of brutal ISIS rule, and even sometimes welcoming ISIS, at first – that Iraq’s Sunnis are reeling like they haven’t for a century.

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Containing Shiite Militias: The Battle for Stability in Iraq

Containing Shiite Militias: The Battle for Stability in Iraq

After the liberation of Mosul, ISIS is unlikely to govern Iraq anytime soon; however, the ascendancy of Shiite militia groups leaves the country in a volatile state. These militia groups have multiple identities and complexities with differing degrees of integration into the Iraqi state, engagement with the international community, and cooperation with Iran. The plethora of groups has resulted in multiple clashes and rivalries among the militias, which further destabilizes Iraq.

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Islamophobia: Between Reality and Fiction

Islamophobia: Between Reality and Fiction

The goal of this paper is to demonstrate that the term Islamophobia, is purposely ill-defined so that it can be cleverly used by Muslim extremists for political ends, specifically the silencing of any opposition. The objective of these extremists is to project blame onto their victims by arguing that they themselves are victims of the same actions they have been committing against people of other religions. Throughout this paper it will be demonstrated that non-Muslims, particularly Jews and Christians, have been the object of Muslim extremist violence since the beginning of Islam.

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INVESTCORP

INVESTCORP

The purpose of this true story is to set the record straight. Written more than a quarter of a century after the creation of INVESTCORP, it will show how this unique investment entity was conceived, developed and implemented under the auspices of the Arab Monetary Fund and its President, Dr. Jawad Hashim. The period to which it refers is 1977 to 1984. The story is divided into twelve (12) sub-chapters, starting with Chronology of Events page and ending with Appendixes page which in itself provides ten (10) links to multipage PDF documents.

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  • A Theatrical Moscow Trial Draws the Ire of Russia’s Cultural Elite
    MOSCOW—Outside a courtroom here in the Russian capital, dozens of people crowded along a narrow corridor, some wearing T-shirts calling for those on trial to be freed, others clad in hipster and designer outfits. In many ways, the scene at the Meshansky District Court of Moscow was much the same as when human-rights activists or opposition politicians have gone before a judge, facing an almost certain conviction for having challenged the authority of President Vladimir Putin.Except this time, the person on trial is not your typical activist. He is the country’s leading modern theater director, and those outside the courtroom ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-01-14
  • Donald Trump Stars in a North Korean Reality Show
    Editor’s Note: This article is one of 50 in a series about Trump's first two years as president. When historians in the 22nd century search for the moment when reality television was at its most influential, they may well pinpoint June 12, 2018.That was the day entertainment converged with existential danger, low-budget cinematography with high-stakes diplomacy. Less than a year after threatening to unleash “fire and fury” on the leader he called “Little Rocket Man” (and also “short and fat”)—and just a few months after trading threats with him about the size and potency of their respective “Nuclear Buttons”— Donald ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-01-13
  • The World Isn’t Laughing at Just Trump
    Editor’s Note: This article is one of 50 in a series about Trump's first two years as president. Before The Laugh, there was The Handshake.In May 2017, ahead of a Nato summit in Belgium, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shook hands—and neither would let go. For six seconds, an eternity in handshaking, the two men gripped hands, each wanting to assert his manual superiority. The handshake quickly became a meme, a gif, even the object of a “handshake tracker” in the British press that analyzed Trump’s handshake style. (“Stage #1: The clasp.” “Stage #2: The yank.” “Stage ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-01-13
  • Iraq in 2019: New Leadership, Same Problems?
    Corporate Members Event Nominees Breakfast Briefing Partners and Major Corporates 16 January 2019 - 8:00am to 9:15amAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Professor Toby Dodge, Iraq Research Director, Conflict Research Programme, LSEDr Renad Mansour, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseSamya Kullab, Senior Correspondent, Iraq Oil Report (via Skype) Iraq’s recent peaceful transition of executive power to a newly formed government has been heralded by some commentators as a positive step towards better governance for a country mired in ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-12-13
  • Lebanon: A Vision for the Future
    Members Event 13 December 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Saad Hariri, Prime Minister of Lebanon Register Register The prime minister of Lebanon will discuss his vision for the future of his country and its wider role in the region.This event will be livestreamed. Members Events Team Email ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-11-27
  • Webinar: Can New Leadership Fix Iraq’s Broken Politics?
    Members Event Webinar 11 December 2018 - 11:30am to 12:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Online Professor Toby Dodge, Iraq Research Director, Conflict Research Programme, LSEDr Renad Mansour, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House   Over the past few months, the Iraqi parliament has elected a new prime minister, president and parliamentary speaker. But can electoral change bring political change to Iraq? Internal fragmentation within the Shia, Sunni and Kurdish blocs may have complicated the familiar backroom dealing. However, the same political parties and individuals – governed by the muhassasa (ethno-sectarian ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-11-22
  • Shunned by colleagues on the Hill. But at home, support for King runs deep.
    The Iowa congressman has come to encapsulate the heated battles over immigration and race. Before the turmoil over Iowa Rep. Steve King’s white supremacy comments, we sent a reporter to take the measure of the district that elected him nine times. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2019-01-15
  • In rural America, state laws warp high-speed internet access
    Mississippi relies heavily on electric cooperatives, which aim to bridge the digital divide between rural and urban America with millions of new federal dollars meant to expand high-speed internet. But a 77-year-old law could block access to broadband for one of the poorest states. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2019-01-15
  • After seven years in prison, Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo cleared of war crimes
    The International Criminal Court has acquitted former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo of war crimes, sparking speculation that the controversial politician might return to the country and enter the 2020 presidential race. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2019-01-15
  • Pushing for an Israeli Victory Is the Only Way to End the Conflict with the Palestinians
    From a practical political point of view, Avigdor Lieberman, Naftali Bennett, and their idea to take a tougher stand toward Hamas just went down to defeat, if not humiliation. That's because Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once again showed his ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-12-02
  • In Defense of Europe’s “Far-Right” Parties
    The European political parties called far-right by Establishment politicians and media (but civilizationist by me) are justly criticized for their mistakes and extremism. For example, the Sweden Democrats party in its first years, 1988-95, did have some ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-11-01
  • Europe’s Civilizationist Parties
    IS EUROPE RETURNING to the horrors of the 1930s? In an assessment typical of the moment, Max Holleran writes in the New Republic that "in the past ten years, new right-wing political movements have brought together coalitions of Neo-Nazis with mainstream ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-10-17

LATEST BOOK FROM JAWAD HASHIM

Political Memoirs of an Iraqi Minister Jawad Hashim: 1967–2000

This book is the second and updated edition of the first one which was published in 2003 under the same title.    At the time, in 2003, one of the little highlighted benefits of Operation Iraqi Freedom was an expectation for a whole series of books, articles and discussion assessing the nation’s Baathist years from 1967 to 2003. As the United States became involved in the long-term reconstruction of Iraq and ensuring the viability of that traumatized nation,  it was vital that Arabic books coming out of a free Iraq be examined by American military planners and policymakers. This is one of the first books to be published in 2003 by Dr. Jawad Hashim, who served as Minister of Financial Planning from 1967-1971 and again from 1972-1974.    In this book, Dr. Jawad Hashim offers insight to Arab readers as a person intimate with the inner-workings of the Baathist regimes and discusses how Saddam hijacked Ba’athism to serve his own personal ambitions.    He wrote this book in exile and on the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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