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

Democracy Is Not the Cure for Terrorism

Democracy Is Not the Cure for Terrorism

Analysts have blamed Egypt’s autocracy for a recent attack that killed hundreds. But that’s not what’s motivating the violence. A few weeks ago, terrorists laid siege to a mosque in the small town of Bir al-Abd that lies just off the east-west road spanning the northern Sinai Peninsula. They killed 305 people and wounded many others. The photos from the scene were macabre—the stuff of Baghdad or Karachi, not Egypt. Until the attack on the al-Rawdah Mosque on November 24, the deadliest terror incident in Egypt occurred in 1997, when a group called al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya killed 57 people—most of them Japanese and British tourists—at the Temple of Hatshepsut near Luxor. The recent bloodletting in the Sinai is believed to be the work of Wilayat Sina, the Sinai branch of the self-styled Islamic State, though no one has claimed responsibility.

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Why the Palestinians have Never Felt So Despondent

Why the Palestinians have Never Felt So Despondent

Capital failure. Blame poor leaders, distracted neighbours and a stalled peace process. Even by the standards of the peace process, this may be a new low. President Donald Trump’s advisers have spent the past year shuttling between Israelis and Palestinians. The administration is close to unveiling a peace plan, but its work has already lapsed into what the White House calls a “cooling-off period”. When Mike Pence, America’s vice-president, visits the Middle East in January, he is unlikely to be received by a Palestinian leader. The latest round of talks may be over before it begins.

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Iraq Attracts Foreign Investors as Economy Improves

Iraq Attracts Foreign Investors as Economy Improves

A fter the announcement of a complete victory over terrorism in Iraq, many countries have already indicated their interest in bolstering economic cooperation with Baghdad, Fallah al-Lami, the UN adviser on the Iraqi economy, told Sputnik. Al-Lami recalled that in the past few months, “many delegations from government and private companies in Europe and the US have visited Iraq.” In particular, he referred to a recent meeting between Iraqi Central Bank officials and representatives of Airbus and Total as well as a visit by UK Prime Minister Theresa May and a spate of American companies. “All this points to the revival of Iraq. After announcing a final victory over terrorism, many have indicated that they want to invest in different areas of the Iraqi economy. Iraq is becoming a lucrative and attractive place for economic cooperation,” al-Lami pointed out.

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10 Big-Name Stocks That Can Beat The Recession (Validea Special Report)

Recession: It’s an ugly word — and one that’s hard to escape these days. Every time we see another report on rising unemployment, slow economic growth, or skyrocketing mortgage defaults, we’re reminded of just how tough a time the economy has been having. All of the negative economic news is enough to make an investor want to cash out and head for the hills. If you’re thinking of fleeing the market, however — STOP RIGHT THERE! Doing so might just be the worst move you can make right now. To understand why that’s the case, it’s important to consider a couple of key points. First, just because the economy’s tanking doesn’t mean your portfolio has to follow suit. Though we often think of it as some sort of monolithic entity, the “stock market” is more aptly described as a market of individual stocks. And on any given day, hundreds, if not thousands, of those stocks will be gaining ground — regardless of what the economy or the major indices are doing. One recent afternoon, for example, the S&P 500 — the index most commonly referred to when people discuss “the market” — was down more than 2 percent, but about 20 percent of stocks listed on the New York Stock Exchange had gained ground. The message: Even if the economy drags the broader market down, there are always opportunities to make money in stocks.

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Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience

This special report document, Hard Lessons, reviews the Iraq reconstruction experience from mid-2002 through the fall of 2008. It is not an audit. Rather, it arises from from congressional mandate to provide advice and recommendations on policies to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in programs created for Iraq’s relief and reconstruction.

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  • Photos: The Aftermath of Super Typhoon Mangkhut
    Zhang Zhou / VCG via Getty Typhoon Mangkhut, also known as Ompong in the Philippines, began forming in the Pacific Ocean 10 days ago and quickly intensified to a Category 5–equivalent super typhoon with sustained winds of 125 miles an hour by September 11. Its path took it westward, across the Philippines, then into Hong Kong and southeastern China, where it has now been downgraded to a tropical storm after tearing up villages and cities, flooding coastlines and plains, and causing massive landslides. At least 50 people are known to have been killed by Mangkhut so far, most in the ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-09-17
  • The Tiny Blond Bible Teacher Taking on the Evangelical Political Machine
    When Beth Moore arrived in Houston in the 1980s, she found few models for young women who wanted to teach scripture. Many conservative Christian denominations believed that women should not hold authority over men, whether in church or at home; many denominations still believe this. In some congregations, women could not speak from the lectern on a Sunday or even read the Bible in front of men. But Moore was resolute: God, she felt, had called her to serve. So she went where many women in Texas were going in the ’80s: aerobics class. Moore kicked her way into ministry, ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-09-17
  • Putin Won’t Stop the Slaughter of Idlib
    Bashar al-Assad has never been coy about his plans. Through much of Syria’s civil war, its president has proclaimed that opposition is equivalent to terrorism, and must be wiped out. His regime is simply following the policy that grew out of its supporters’ favorite slogan: “Assad, or we burn the country.” This is why no amount of pablum from the Russia-sponsored process to craft a political resolution to the conflict—and humiliate Western powers by superseding their own peace process—can stop the terrible endgame that awaits in Idlib.In recent days, the Russian air force has intensified its bombing of the rebel-held ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-09-17
  • Israeli–Palestinian Peacemaking: What Can We Learn From Previous Efforts?
    24 July 2018 It is important for Israel’s leaders to recognize clearly that their country’s central conflict is with the Palestinians, not with the Arab states (or Iran).  Download PDF Professor Yossi Mekelberg Senior Consulting Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme Twitter Greg Shapland Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-07-19
  • Iran Nuclear Deal: Can it Survive Without the US?
    Members Webinar 24 July 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30amAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Online Richard Whitman, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham HouseSanam Vakil, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Following President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the JCPOA, this webinar will analyse how Europe could develop a response to the reinstatement of sanctions and what the possible implications of this might be for Iran and the wider region. Can the JCPOA survive without the participation of the US or is it likely that that Iran will move away from compliance with the ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-07-18
  • Iran and the Region: A Changing Role?
    20 April 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE This one-day workshop brings together policymakers, research analysts and academics to discuss the changing dynamics within Iran, its evolving relationships with its neighbours and the future of its role in the region. Read the meeting summary.  Event attributes Chatham House Rule Department/project Middle East and North Africa Programme, Iran Forum ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-07-09
  • With nowhere to run, Idlib residents reach for life, but prepare to fight
    ‘Live today to fight tomorrow’ has been the motto of Syrian rebels and their families who, with each successive battlefield loss, have flocked to Idlib for months. An existential moment has arrived. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2018-09-19
  • Chamber of Commerce opposes a trade war. But can it deter Trump?
    Tom Donohue of the US Chamber reveals the complexity in how American businesses view Trump’s confrontation with China. Donohue agrees concerns are urgent, but says trade war is “biggest threat” to economy. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2018-09-19
  • An African model for ethnic reconciliation?
    Ethiopia’s new leader has quickly begun democratic reforms but none will mean more than reconciling the country’s ethnic groups. Recent violence shows the urgency to develop a civic identity that he says starts with forgiveness. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2018-09-19
  • “He Has Lived”
    My father Richard died peacefully in his sleep early in the morning on May 17, 2018. His physician did not disagree with me when I described the cause of death as old age. His life of drama and accomplishments is recounted both in an autobiography, Vixi: ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-05-30
  • Israel Has Nothing to Fear from Trump’s Plan?
    Jonathan S. Tobin, editor-in-chief of the Jewish News Syndicate, argues that Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "has nothing to worry about!" when it comes to the expected Trump plan that recognizes "Palestine" with Jerusalem as its capital, even ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-05-27
  • NYT: Richard Pipes, Historian of Russia and Reagan Aide, Dies at 94
    Richard Pipes in his study in Cambridge, Mass., in 1959. He spent his entire academic career at Harvard. Richard Pipes, the author of a monumental, sharply polemical series of historical works on Russia, the Russian Revolution and the Bolshevik regime, ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-05-17


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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