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
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
How Banking Bailouts, Buyouts and Nationalization Can Only Prolong America’s Second Depression and Weaken Any Subsequent Recoveryread more
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.read more
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.read more
- Photos of the Week: Smoggy Santiago, Miniature Taipei, Mermaid ParadeKiran Ridley / Barcroft Media via Getty A watery rescue in Russia, dragon boat racing in China, a soap box derby in France, Hawaiian lava viewed from Earth orbit, a welcome to the summer solstice in the U.K., World Cup celebrations and sadness, International Yoga Day in India, flamingos in Kenya, a boxer dressed as a lion in Germany, and much more. ..... READ MORE
- The Outrage Cycle, Italian StylePARIS—What does Matteo Salvini, Italy’s new right-wing, hard-liner interior minister want? He’s called for a census of Roma who don’t have Italian citizenship then slightly backtracked because, well, it would likely be challenged in court, but anyway then he’s said he wants to turn “words into actions” and expel some of them because “unfortunately we have to keep the Italian Roma”—the ones that have citizenship. He’s taken to Trump-like fits of anger and unpredictability—he may or may not demand that Italy’s weak prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, boycott an upcoming European Union meeting on migration policy.On television Thursday he suggested that ..... READ MORE
- Hats of the Royal AscotDaniel Leal-Olivas / AFP / Getty The Royal Ascot is an annual five-day horse-race meeting held on a course outside of London, England, with racehorses competing for nearly $18 million in prizes. It is a major event for both racing and fashion fans, and is regularly attended by Queen Elizabeth II and other royalty. Parts of the racecourse maintain a “top hats and tails” rule for men, while many women dress in eye-catching outfits, often topped by hats that can be described as architectural, whimsical, grandiose, sculptural, or just over-the-top. Today, a collection of photos of some of these millinery ..... READ MORE
- Libya’s War Economy: Predation, Profiteering and State Weakness12 April 2018 As Libya's war economy persists, prospects for the restoration of functioning central governance become more distant. Download PDF Tim Eaton Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme Twitter LinkedIn Libya’s War Economy: Predation, Profiteering and State Weakness SummaryLibya suffers from interlinked political, security and economic crises that are weakening state institutions, damaging its economy and facilitating the continued existence of ..... READ MORE
- Iranian Foreign Policy: Prospects for ChangeMembers 9 May 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Mahmood Sariolghalam, Professor of International Relations, Shahid Beheshti University, the National University of IranDr Sanam Vakil, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseFurther speakers to be announced. Register Register The January protests in the streets of Tehran highlighted a set of economic and political frustrations currently felt by the Iranian people. While Iran’s government faces challenges in addressing these frustrations with domestic policy, the country’s foreign policy stance and actions have remained ..... READ MORE
- Narratives and Perceptions of the EU in Ukraine, Israel and PalestineInvitation Only Research Event 17 April 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Natalia Chaban, Professor of European Union Studies, University of Canterbury, New ZealandBen O'Loughlin, Professor of International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of LondonPatrick Müller, Ikerbasque Research Fellow, University of the Basque Country, SpainChair: Yossi Mekelberg, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House This roundtable will explore findings from a Jean Monnet-funded 3-year study of strategic narratives and perceptions of the EU in two conflict spaces - Ukraine and Israel-Palestine. By identifying how different ..... READ MORE
- Florida airport to begin scanning faces of international passengersOrlando International Airport will employ face scanners for passengers on arriving and departing international flights, a move that airport authorities claim will speed up customs, while privacy advocates worry about the lack of formal rules in place for the data from the scans. ..... READ MORE
- US farmers, desperate for help, increasingly turn to MexicoIn Michigan, a top fruit producer, the number of growers using an expensive and cumbersome visa process to bring farmhands from Mexico has jumped from four to 50 in the past four years. Congress is considering a bill that would make it easier to employ guest workers. ..... READ MORE
- ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ is the latest and arguably least of the seriesChris Pratt brings a wry insouciance to the mayhem and the escape from Isla Nublar has its modicum of thrills. ..... READ MORE
- Why I Oppose the Referendum for an Independent KurdistanThe following derives from spoken comments at an event the Middle East Forum hosted today for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Philadelphia (with slight edits):You heard a strong case in favor of [the Kurdish referendum]; I'd like to make a case ..... READ MORE
- The US-Israel Honeymoon May Not LastPresident Trump has taken two unprecedented steps highly favorable to Israel: recognizing Jerusalem as its capital and cutting funds to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), an organization ultimately devoted to eliminating the Jewish state ..... READ MORE
- Islamic London: “Run, Hide, Tell”To understand the development of Islam in Western countries, I make a habit of visiting Muslim-majority areas such as in Lakemba in Australia, Lodi in California, and Lunel in France. But London, England, is unique in the extent of its Islamic impress. ..... READ MORE
- Green initiatives in MENA make a change but long road aheadGreen initiatives in MENA make a change but long road ahead The Arab WeeklyFull coverage ..... READ MORE
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- Russia’s Muslim Strongman Is Winning the World CupRussia's Muslim Strongman Is Winning the World Cup Foreign Policy (blog)Full coverage ..... 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.