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 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.

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.

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.”

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.

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

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.

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
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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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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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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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  • Can France’s Far-Right Reinvent Itself?
    Through much of the last two years, the populist far-right seemed poised to conquer France. In the surreal aftermath of Trump and Brexit, the prospect of a victory by Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front (FN), felt alarmingly possible. After decades of mounting racism and economic insecurity, Western democracies were lashing out at the ballot box.But today, eight months after the French presidential election, the FN seems flummoxed by Emmanuel Macron, the country’s centrist president, who, with his hefty budget cuts and far-reaching welfare reforms, would seem to be the party’s ideal adversary. Instead, the Front’s deputies ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-01-14
  • False Alarms of the Apocalypse
    Early this morning, residents of Hawaii received an emergency alert on their cell phones and on their television screens: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER.” If that wasn’t enough to spark panic in a state where Cold War-era nuclear-attack alert sirens have been undergoing testing, the warning ended with those five dreaded words: “THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”Following several minutes of panic and confusion, various authoritative sources confirmed that the alert had been sent in error. Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard took to Twitter to say that she had “confirmed with officials” that there was no ballistic missile ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-01-13
  • A New American Leader Rises in ISIS
    The clues are out there, if you know where to look. Scattered across far-flung corners of the internet, there is evidence that Zulfi Hoxha, the son of an Albanian-American pizza-shop owner from New Jersey, had sinister plans.First there’s the defunct Twitter profile, which at one point engaged in a conversation with a State Department counter-propaganda account about the Islamic State. Then there’s the fact that he used the social-networking site Paltalk, a communications platform reportedly popular among Western jihadis. But none of it compares to the ISIS propaganda video that, according to multiple law-enforcement officials, shows Hoxha beheading captured Kurdish ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-01-13
  • Cybersecurity of the Sustainable Energy Sector in the GCC
    Invitation Only Research Event 11 Dec 2017 - 09:00 to 17:00Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Muscat, Oman International Security Department This meeting explores the landscape of cybersecurity threats against the sustainable energy sector in the GCC and the ways to foster cyber resilience. It will present the current and future challenges which keep emerging with the continuous transformation of the energy sector. It will illustrate these challenges by presenting regional as well as international experiences of cyberattacks against the energy sector.Attendance at this event is by invitation only.  Event contact ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-11-01
  • Israel’s Foreign Policy Priorities
    Members 3 Nov 2017 - 09:00 to 10:00 In Conversation with Benjamin Netanyahu Chatham House, London Event participants Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister, State of IsraelChair: Dr Robin Niblett CMG, Director, Chatham House Body The prime minister of Israel discussed his views on the politics and history of the Middle East in a wide-ranging conversation with Robin Niblett. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-10-27
  • National Chaos, Local Order: War Economies and Incentives for Peace
    Invitation Only Research Event 17 Nov 2017 - 15:30 to 17:00 Chatham House, London Middle East and North Africa Programme Event participants Peter Salisbury, Senior Consulting Fellow, MENA Programme, Chatham HouseTim Eaton, Research Fellow, MENA Programme, Chatham HouseRenad Mansour, Research Fellow, MENA Programme, Chatham HouseChair: Dr Lina Khatib, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Body This event will present the findings of the upcoming Chatham House paper, Yemen: National Chaos, Local Order, and introduce Middle East and North Africa Programme work streams on war economies, political marketplaces in conflict, and ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-10-26
  • How insecurity in Afghanistan is constraining the Red Cross
    Curtailing operations anywhere is not exactly in the ICRC's DNA, but attacks in 2017 undermined the relief organization's sense of security in Afghanistan and called into question its 'need versus risk' calculations. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2018-01-17
  • 5 new titles to check out in the New Year
    Among the flood of 2018 book releases, here are five particularly fine new titles. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2018-01-17
  • Coarse words and new thinking
    The use of foul language to describe immigrants from certain regions provides an opportunity to examine our own preconceptions – and to seek the facts. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2018-01-17
  • Saving NATO from Turkey
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, known as NATO, faces an existential problem. No, it's not about getting member states to fulfill agreed-upon spending levels on defense. Or finding a role after the Soviet collapse. Or standing up to Russia's ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-10-16
  • I Taught NATO to Stand Up to a Dictator
    On May 2, 2017, a polite letter arrived from the Director of the Political Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (known as NATO PA) asking whether my organization, the Middle East Forum, "might be able to host a set of meetings and discussions" ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-09-19
  • The United Nations Misplaces Israel’s Capital City
    Many media heavyweights– the BBC, Agence France-Presse, The Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post, CTV – pretend Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel. Even the Obama White House had a hard time figuring out where that capital city might be. But the ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-09-11

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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