Jim Lobe served as chief of the Washington bureau of Inter Press Service (the other IPS) from 1980 to 1985 and again from 1989 to 2015. Best known for his coverage of the neoconservative movement’s influence on U.S. foreign policy, he has directed LobeLog.com, which has focused primarily on U.S. Middle East policy, since 2007. In 2015, LobeLog became the first weblog to win American Academy of Diplomacy’s Arthur Ross Media Award for Distinguished Reporting and Analysis on Foreign Affairs. Proud native of Seattle, Jim graduated with Highest Honors in History from Williams College and received a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall).

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Haiti: Recovery Bill Estimated at 11.5 Billion Dollars

Two weeks before a major donors conference, the Haitian government has estimated that the country will need some 11.5 billion dollars over the next three years to recover from the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake.

Haiti: U.S. Lawmakers, NGOs Call for Debt Cancellation

Three weeks after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, nearly 100 U.S. lawmakers joined with key civil society groups here Thursday to urge the Group of Seven (G7) leading western nations to commit to cancelling all of the Caribbean country’s multilateral debt.

MEDIA-US: Afghanistan Dominated TV Foreign News in 2009

Afghanistan and the U.S. military escalation in the civil war there dominated foreign-related news coverage by the three major U.S. television networks in 2009, according to the latest annual review by the authoritative Tyndall Report.

Continuing to Repudiate International Law, Rumsfeld Rejects UN Access to Guantanamo

The Bush administration remains unwilling to respect international law regarding detainees.

“Green” Finance Campaign Bags Citigroup

The world’s largest private financial institution, Citigroup, has signed on to a comprehensive environmental policy that sets a new industry standard, says the grassroots group that ran a two-year campaign against the banking giant.

Foreign Aid Budget Looks Like a Retread from the Cold War

If the “war on terror” is beginning to look increasingly like the cold war, then President George W. Bush’s fiscal year (FY) 2005 foreign-aid request will not change that impression.

Zarqawi Letter Complicates War Hawks Efforts to Link al Qaeda with Hussein, Iran

A letter purportedly written to senior al Qaeda leaders by a key associate, Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi, appears to undermine a major thesis of hard-core neoconservatives who led the U.S. drive to war in Iraq.

Guatemalan Woman’s Asylum Case a Major Test for Ashcroft’s Position on Women’s Rights

Immigration and human rights groups are hoping that a legal brief they have submitted to Attorney General John Ashcroft will persuade him to uphold a proposed Clinton administration policy that women who have suffered severe domestic abuse in their homeland may be granted political asylum in the United States.

Bush’s AIDS Relief Plan Will Delay Drugs, Reward Big Pharma

Africa and AIDS activists say the Bush Administration’s pledge to expedite its approval process for low-cost, generic anti-retroviral drugs by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will really slow delivery of drugs to those suffering while undermining the authority of the United Nations and World Health Organization.

Law of the Sea Being Delayed by Far Right Cadre

Ratification of the 1982 Law of the Sea Treaty is being held up by half a dozen right-wing Republican senators backed by a coalition of national groups who see the agreement as another step toward world government.

Human Rights Groups Call on the U.S to Lead Troops Into Sudan’s Darfur and End Genocide

A range of U.S.-based advocacy groups, such as Africa Action and Human Rights Watch, as well as the United Nations, are calling for international intervention to stop “ethnic cleansing” in western Sudan.

"Crazy Mike" in "Indian Country"

While President Bush told the UN General Assembly that Washington’s belief in “human dignity” was the main U.S. motivation for pursuing the war, two articles that appeared in two major U.S. newspapers the same morning offered the delegates an altogether different subtext.

Neoconservatives Adrift?

Jubilant over President George W. Bush maintaining his position for another four years, neoconservatives who played a leading role in shaping the radical trajectory of U.S. foreign policy after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks appear increasingly divided on key issues and uncertain of their position in Bush’s second term.

The Axis of Incoherence

The recent capture of Saddam Hussein serves as a distraction from the real issue: the lack of a viable exit strategy from Iraq.

New Cheney Foreign Policy Adviser Sets Sights on Syria

Vice President Dick Cheney’s office continues to grow as a homebase for prominent neoconservative foreign policy strategists.

Bush Administration Foreign Policy Team in Disarray

As the Washington, DC area recovers from effects of Hurricane Isabel, President George W. Bush keeps trying to divert the potential “perfect storm” forming from the combination of the constant stream of bad news coming out of the Middle East and growing d

Pentagon Office Base for Neoconservative Network Manipulating Iraq Intelligence

An ad hoc office under U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith appears to have acted as the key base for an informal network of mostly neoconservative political appointees that circumvented normal interagency channels to lead the push for

Is the Neocon Agenda for Pax Americana Losing Steam?

Who would have thought it would lose momentum so quickly after Washington’s stunning military victory in Iraq in early April and plummet back to earth?

Bush Administration Divided Over the Road to Tehran

After the occupation of Iraq, the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush appears to be torn between moving from Baghdad on to Tehran, or refocusing on al Qaeda as the main target in the “war on terrorism.”

Polls Show Slide in Bush Administration’s Credibility

Two recent polls show signs of a sharp decline in popular support for the Bush administration’s policies in Iraq.

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