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

Oil Soars, U.S. Crude Hits $60/Bbl for First Time Since Mid-2015

Oil Soars, U.S. Crude Hits $60/Bbl for First Time Since Mid-2015

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.

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Iraqi Oil Minister Says Expects Oil Market to Be in Balance in First Quarter

Iraqi Oil Minister Says Expects Oil Market to Be in Balance in First Quarter

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.

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VP Nouri al-Maliki Says Iraq Has to Help Kurdistan Before It’s Too Late

VP Nouri al-Maliki Says Iraq Has to Help Kurdistan Before It’s Too Late

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.

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“They Are Not Our Brothers” Hate Speech by Saudi Officials

“They Are Not Our Brothers” Hate Speech by Saudi Officials

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.

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Denied Dignity: Systematic Discrimination and Hostility toward Saudi Shia Citizens

Denied Dignity: Systematic Discrimination and Hostility toward Saudi Shia Citizens

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.

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The Arab World (by The Economist)

The Arab World (by The Economist)

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.

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  • In an Echo of the Iraq War, the U.S. and Europe Are Split on Iran
    When France and Germany opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the George W. Bush administration dismissed them as representing “old Europe,” even as it prosecuted the war with Britain by its side. More than a decade later, Washington and all its major partners across the Atlantic find themselves on opposing sides again—this time, over how to deal with Iran.These differences came to a head this week when Britain’s Ministry of Defense issued a statement backing comments made by a senior British military official disputing U.S. claims of an increased Iranian threat in the Middle East. The remarks, delivered ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-16
  • 100 Years Ago in Photos: A Look Back at 1919
    adoc-photos / Corbis via Getty A century ago, the Treaty of Versailles was signed, as much of the world was still recovering from the devastation of World War I. Rebuilding was just beginning, refugees were returning home, orphans were being cared for, and a global influenza outbreak was being battled. In other news, the Lincoln Memorial was nearing completion in Washington, D.C.; Vladimir Lenin was working to solidify the Soviet Republic; the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed—guaranteeing women the right to vote; a molasses disaster struck Boston; and much more. Please take a moment to look back ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-15
  • The Knowns and Unknowns of What’s Happening With Iran
    “Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”That was Donald Rumsfeld speaking from the Pentagon podium in 2002 about assessing the threat from Iraq. The past week of provocations and counter-provocations between the United States and Iran—involving U.S. aircraft-carrier and bomber deployments, mysterious explosions on oil tankers, ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-05-15
  • The Battle for Tripoli
    Members Event 1 May 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Mary Fitzgerald, Researcher and Consultant; Author, The Libyan Revolution and its AftermathTarek Megerisi, Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign RelationsChair: Tim Eaton, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseFurther speaker to be announced. Register Register The Libyan Arab Armed Forces (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, launched an offensive on the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on 3 April.  The offensive soon ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-04-16
  • Tunisia in an Election Year: What Next?
    Members Event 11 June 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Mehrezia Labidi, First Vice-President, Tunisian National Constituent AssemblyAlia Moubayed, Managing Director, JefferiesChair: Adel Hamazia, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseFurther speakers to be announced. Register Register Tunisia is widely seen as the sole democratic success story of the Arab Spring uprisings but has struggled in recent years with an economic slowdown and public unrest. The slow progress on reforms has ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-04-16
  • China’s Changing Role in the Middle East
    Corporate Members Event Nominees Breakfast Briefing Partners and Major Corporates 14 May 2019 - 8:00am to 9:15amAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Dr Sanam Vakil, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseDr Jue Wang, Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham HouseChair: Dr Champa Patel, Head, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House China has traditionally allowed other international actors – notably the United States – to take an active political role in the Middle East. However, with the Belt and Road Initiative ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-04-10
  • no mote or beam
    Here’s a poem pointing to everyone’s innate ability to express God’s light and love. The title refers to Jesus’ teaching about focusing on others’ “motes” – that is, judging them for their smaller faults – even as we ignore the much larger “beams,” or flaws, impacting our own ability to see clearly. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2019-05-17
  • As southern Spain dries up, its farmers get inventive
    Climate change threatens to turn southern Spain’s farmland into desert. Farmers are employing regenerative agriculture to fight back. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2019-05-17
  • Florida voters gave ex-felons right to vote. Then lawmakers stepped in.
    Last fall Florida voters approved vote restoration for former felons. But under a bill formalizing the measure, not all those people can vote. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2019-05-17
  • Repairing America’s Broken Universities
    When the FBI informs us that parents are ready to spend up to $6.5 million in bribes to get their children into prestige colleges, it seemingly implies that all is very, very well in the American university. But Warren Treadgold tells us that's an ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-03-20
  • Europe’s Anti-Immigration Left
    With very few exceptions, liberals in the United States favor high levels of immigration; and the American Left goes further, calling to "Abolish ICE" (a reference to Immigration Customs and Enforcement, America's border security agency). But ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-03-07
  • Morton Klein’s Statement on Qatar
    During the Middle East Forum's conference on Qatar today, Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, wrote me a brief note asking, at 10:17 am asking "Why. I really don't understand. What's going on. We were good friends for decades ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-02-10

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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