Jim Lobe, IPS News

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, October 22, 2014 - 8:30am
Despite Media, Rightwing Ebola Hype, US Public Resists Total Panic
WASHINGTON - Despite media hype, missteps by federal health agencies, and apparent efforts by right-wing and some neo-conservatives to foment fear about the possible spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S., most of the public remain at least “fairly” confident in the authorities’ ability to deal with...
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 7:45am
'Boots in the Air': US Combat Helicopters Join Fight over Iraq
WASHINGTON - Hopes that the strategy announced by President Barack Obama a month ago against the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL) might yield a relatively quick victory have disappeared amidst growing fears that the U.S.-led air campaign has at most only slowed the radical group’s...
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 8:45am
US Ground Troops Possible in Anti-ISIS Battle
WASHINGTON - U.S. combat troops may be deployed against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) if the strategy announced by President Barack Obama last week fails to make substantial progress against the radical Sunni group, Washington’s top military officer warned here Tuesday. The statement...
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Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 8:45am
Obama Mulling Broader Strikes Against ISIS?
WASHINGTON - This week’s video-taped beheading of a U.S. journalist by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has spurred renewed calls for President Barack Obama to broaden Washington’s military efforts to strike the terrorist group, including in Syria. While Obama himself has long resisted...
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 9:30am
Majority of Self-Identified Democrats Back Obama's Bombing of Iraq
WASHINGTON - Despite rising criticism of his foreign policy– even from his former secretary of state – U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision last week to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) militants in northern Iraq enjoys relatively strong public support, at...
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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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