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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Oil prices surged to 2-1/2-year highs and U.S. crude touched $60 a barrel in light trading volume on Tuesday, boosted by news of an explosion on a Libyan crude pipeline as well as voluntary OPEC-led supply cuts. Iraq’s oil minister said on Monday there would be a balance between supply and demand by the first quarter, leading to a boost in prices. Global oil inventories have decreased to an acceptable level, he added.read more
Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said on Monday (December 25, 2017) he was optimistic there would be a balance between supply and demand by the first quarter of 2018, leading to a boost in oil prices. The new contact will allow Zhenhua to receive a $3.5 fee for each barrel of crude produced from the oilfield, Ameedi said, and will serve as a model for all upcoming contracts with international companies. Jalal also said his company has plans to upgrade production from the Neft Khana oilfield near the Iranian border to 8,000 barrels per day from the current 2,000.read more
Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki told Rudaw during an interview in Baghdad on Thursday that the federal government has to help the Kurdistan Region to solve the problems it is facing including the ongoing financial crisis before “it is too late.” He called the events in Khurmatu since October 16 “ethnic cleansing” and one that they are following with great concern. Maliki served as Prime Minister of Iraq for two terms from 2006-2014. Under his tenure the central government cut the Kurdish share of budget in early-2014 over the KRG’s plans to export oil independent of Baghdad. He deployed the Iraqi security forces to the borders of the Kurdistan Region at least twice when he was the PM, and became the first senior Iraqi politician to threaten Kurdistan with the use of force against the Iraqi-opposed Kurdish vote on independence. In a wide-ranging interview, he told Rudaw presenter Ranj Sangawi that he wants both Iraq and the Kurdistan Region to get over what happened in the past, including the disagreement over the Kurdish vote.read more
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia traces its origins to a 1744 pact between a religious leader Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, and the Al Saud family, under which al-Wahhab’s movement enabled the Saudi rulers to expand their political rule in return for enforcing his religious teachings. The power relations between the Saudi royal family and the clerics have changed over time, but the clerics and religious scholars continue to wield power and directly influence the policies and politics of the Saudi state, especially in the justice and education sectors. Since its establishment, the Saudi state has permitted government-appointed religious scholars and clerics to refer to Shia citizens in derogatory terms or demonize them in official documents and religious rulings, which influence government decision-making. In recent years government clerics and others have used the internet and social media to demonize and incite hatred against Shia Muslims and others who do not conform to their views.read more
The Saudi Arabian government for its part reacted with repressive measures of arrest and a clampdown on public airing of Shia grievances rather than seeking dialogue to prevent further conflict. Nevertheless, underlying discrimination has risen. Saudi authorities have intensified ongoing restrictions on Shia communal life. The Saudi government should urgently address the underlying reasons for sectarian tension, and end systematic discrimination against the Shia.read more
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.read more
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- Running of the Bulls 2019: The Fiesta de San FermínSusana Vera / Reuters The annual nine-day Fiesta de San Fermín began in Spain this week. The festival, including the famous Running of the Bulls, attracts thousands of visitors to Pamplona every year. The festival kicks off with massive crowds awaiting the chupinazo in Pamplona’s town square, followed by a carnival, fireworks, the Running of the Bulls, and many bullfights. Held since 1591, San Fermín remains a popular, though dangerous and controversial, event. ..... READ MORE
- The U.S. Is Worried About China’s Investments—This Time in IsraelU.S. national-security officials have for years warned developing nations about the dangers of allowing Chinese investment in their countries. But now the Defense Department is worried about China’s investments in one of America’s closest allies, Israel. China’s ultimate aim, defense officials fear, is the same as the one it has pursued in Africa, East Asia, and elsewhere: to chip away at America’s influence.For the U.S., a Chinese incursion in Israel, which cooperates with Washington on some of the most sensitive national-security issues—including Iran’s regional activities and the ongoing fight against the Islamic State—is especially concerning.China’s economic campaign is under way ..... READ MORE
- Iran, Islam and Democracy: The Politics of Managing Change 20 years OnMembers Event 2 July 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Ali Ansari, Professor in Modern History, University of St Andrews; Author, Iran, Islam and DemocracyChair: Dr Sanam Vakil, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Register Register Register 20 years after its first publication by Chatham House, Ali Ansari returns to his book, Iran, Islam and Democracy, in its third updated edition which now includes new contributions on ..... READ MORE
- North Korea, Iran, Deterrence and Nuclear Weapons in the Age of TrumpInvitation Only Research Event 27 June 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Ambassador Robert Gallucci, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University Since entering office, President Trump has taken a series of steps that have upended many of the conventions governing nuclear weapons proliferation since the end of the Cold War.A year into his presidency, to the dismay of allies in Europe, President Trump withdrew the US from the Joint Comprehensive ..... READ MORE
- The Promise and Peril of the Digital Silk Road6 June 2019 Tin Hinane El Kadi Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme @tinhinanel LinkedIn China’s growing digital presence in North Africa presents opportunities for growth. Without oversight, it could also lead to greater censorship and surveillance, as well as harm local tech companies. 2019-06-06-Huawei.jpg The Huawei logo is seen on the side of the main building at the company's production campus on 25 April 2019 in Dongguan, near ..... READ MORE
- Maine networks support young farmers, before they drop outIsolation and financial hardship take a toll on new farmers. In Maine, a program connects still-green farmers with mentors, know-how, and each other. ..... READ MORE
- Puerto Rican governor pressured to resign over controversial messagesPuerto Ricans have pushed Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to resign after a chat containing derogatory language and confidential information leaked last week. Puerto Rico's chief financial officer and secretary of state have resigned. ..... READ MORE
- Trade war slows Chinese economy to lowest rates in 26 yearsAs economic growth falls to its lowest levels in more than a quarter-century, China is facing pressure to resolve an ongoing trade war with the U.S. ..... READ MORE
- The Cowardice of Middle East StudiesIt's been ten years exactly since Ryan Gingeras published an extraordinary preface to his book, Sorrowful Shores: Violence, Ethnicity, and the End of the Ottoman Empire 1912-1923 (Oxford University Press). I therefore quote it at length:If the truth be ..... READ MORE
- Going Out on a Trump Plan LimbThe Trump plan for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has prompted enormous speculation – when revealed, what specifics, who gains? – speculation that I confess to having contributed to in a series of articles: "The US-Israel Honeymoon May Not Last." ..... READ MORE
- Academic Malfeasance: Do Moderate Muslims Exist?Did you know that that the War on Terror actually "is a war for natural resources – and that terrorism has little to do with it"? So argues John Maszka in his book, Washington's Dark Secret: The Real Truth About Terrorism and Islamic Extremism (Potomac, ..... READ MORE
- Sales of Middle East & North Africa Industrial Packaging Market to Record Exponential Growth During 2016 – 2024 – Consulting Industry NewsSales of Middle East & North Africa Industrial Packaging Market to Record Exponential Growth During 2016 – 2024 Consulting Industry NewsDemand for industrial packaging in the Middle East and Africa is likely to remain robust owing to the improving situation of international trade. In addition, global ..... READ MORE
- Trump Is Betraying US Partners in Syria and Libya – Foreign Policy In Focus
- MENA M&A transactions US$112 billion in first half of 2019 – Utilities Middle EastMENA M&A transactions US$112 billion in first half of 2019 Utilities Middle EastMENA equity and equity-related issuance reached US$1.1 billion while debt issuance totalled US$53.1 billion in first half of 2019 - NEWS from Utilities Middle ..... READ MORE
LATEST BOOK FROM JAWAD HASHIMPolitical 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.