Jim Lobe

Jim Lobe has served as Washington DC correspondent and chief of the Washington bureau of Inter Press Service (IPS), an international news agency specializing in coverage of issues and events of interest to developing countries, from 1980 to 1985, and again from 1989 to the present.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 7:45am
Arab Publics Prefer Light US Footprint, Even in Syria
WASHINGTON - In contrast to some of their leaders, people across the Arab world prefer President Barack Obama’s efforts to reduce Washington’s military footprint in the Middle East to the approach favoured by neo-conservatives and other U.S. hawks, according to the latest in a series of surveys of...
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A moment of silence is held May 6, 2014 in Washington, DC for the 234 missing Nigerian school girls. (Credit: Senate Democrats/cc by 2.0) News
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 10:00am
First Ignored by US, Nigeria Abductions Grab the Spotlight
WASHINGTON - The fate of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by the violent Islamist Boko Haram group from the northern Nigeria town of Chibok in mid-April has become something of a public sensation in the United States since the beginning of the month. Politicians and activists are calling for...
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Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 9:10am
Will Bibi Cool It?
After listening to the various statements, press conferences, and background briefings by “senior administration officials,” and initial reactions that followed tonight’s announcement about the interim accord between the P5+1 and Iran, it occurred to me that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu may alter his recent course of repeatedly and quite publicly denouncing the agreement as a “bad” or “very bad deal.” Bibi certainly has shown a pragmatic side in the past, and I suspect we may see it again, particularly because the deal appears to be som
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 8:11am
Speculation over Iran-U.S. Détente Continues Apace
WASHINGTON - Ahead of a possible – if seemingly accidental – encounter between U.S. President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the corridors of the U.N.
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Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 9:49am
Despite Arms Announcement, US Syria Strategy Remains Unclear
Despite Thursday’s announcement that President Barack Obama has decided to provide direct military assistance to Syrian rebels, what precisely the administration has in mind remains unclear.
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Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 1:24pm
A Nuclear Iran Would Unlikely Tilt Regional Power Balance
A nuclear-armed Iran would not pose a fundamental threat to the United States and its regional allies like Israel and the Gulf Arab monarchies, according to a new report released here Friday by the Rand Corporation.
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 12:25pm
The New York Time's Bill Keller and Mindlessness over Syria
I’ll make this short.
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Saturday, November 24, 2012 - 12:10pm
Kristol’s Thanksgiving Meditation Makes Central Role of Israel in Neo-Conservatism Clear
For those, particularly in the timid or intimidated U.S. foreign-policy elite, who still pretend or somehow make themselves believe that Israel is not absolutely central to the neo-conservative worldview, I commend this week’s Thanksgiving editorial by Bill Kristol , scion of one of the movement’s two founding families, in The Weekly Standard , entitled “The West Fights Back”.
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Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 11:05am
On Eve of Foreign Policy Debate, Voters Sour on Arab Spring
On the eve of Monday’s foreign policy debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the electorate appears increasingly disillusioned with the so-called Arab Spring, according to a new survey released by the Pew Research Center here.
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Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 12:15pm
US to Take Iran Anti-Regime Group Off Terrorism List
WASHINGTON - In a move certain to ratchet up already-high tensions with Iran, the administration of President Barack Obama will remove a militant anti-regime group from the State Department’s terrorism list, U.S. officials told reporters here Friday. The decision, which is expected to be formally announced before Oct. 1, the deadline set earlier this year by a federal court to make a determination, was in the process of being transmitted in a classified report to Congress, according to the Department’s spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland.
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