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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Pump Up the Pentagon, Hawks Tell Bush

While public opinion polls show that most of the U.S. public is concerned about the economy, hawks in the Bush administration see another problem as more urgent: the Pentagon is poor.

Talking Turkey About Iraq: Democracy and Double-Talk

The new Turkish government, led by the moderately Islamist Justice and Development Party, finds itself almost quite literally between Iraq and a hard place.

The Arrogance of Power

Former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee J. William Fulbright’s observations and warnings appear deeply relevant to the United States under George W. Bush, particularly in the wake of the publication last week of the administration’s sweeping National Security Strategy of the United States of America and its request that Congress authorize a war resolution arguably as broad and as unilateral as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution approved in the early stages of the Vietnam War.

Afghanistan Quagmire

Afghanistan is beginning to look like a quagmire rather than a victory, with echoes of the confusion and uncertainty and persistent bloodshedding of Vietnam.

Washington Goes to War

Washington’s Republicans Duke it out

Unilateralist Path Scored as Self-Defeating

Some call the present era one of U.S. hegemony. Others, especially in Europe, call it empire.

Sudan: Growing Pressure for Harder Line Against Khartoum

“The window of opportunity for peace in Sudan is beginning to close,” according to the report.

People versus Big Oil: Rights of Nigerian Indigenous People Recognized

At a time when the petropolitics of the Bush administration seem to reign supreme, the rights of peoples affected by the global hunt for oil have received an important boost.

U.S. and Israeli Governments Out of Step with Public According to New Polls

Both in the U.S. and in Israel, government policy and actions do not reflect popular sentiment.

The War on Dissent Widens

A powerful group of neo-conservatives is launching a new public relations campaign in support of President George W. Bush’s war on terrorism.

An Enron War on Terrorism

President Bush, undeterred by Congress and emboldened by his high ratings in the polls, is making new military investments in countries all over the world, while downplaying or keeping secret from the American people the problems that these investments wi

East Timor: U.S. Gave Green Light to Invasion

If Americans needed any reminding how, during the cold war, U.S. policymakers subordinated Wilsonian principles of self-determination to the larger anticommunist struggle, they should read several secret U.S. documents surrounding Indonesia’s invasion of

Hawks Take Aim at Iraq

With the new conflict in Iraq, the stakes for the future U.S. role in the world could not be higher.

Foreign Policy Shift: The Terrible Trade-Offs

It appears that foreign governments will be rewarded or punished by whether or not they become part of the U.S.-led war against terrorism.

Indonesia: Aceh Arrests Could Portend Increased Polarization, Violence

The detention by Indonesian police on July 20 of 15 human rights activists and six negotiators for the Free Aceh Movement (Gerakan Aceh Merdeka or GAM) could portend a polarization of the conflict between government and rebel forces at the height of the p

Indonesia’s Hard Line Strengthens Secessionists in West Papua

Increasing repression by government forces is strengthening independence sentiment in Indonesia’s easternmost province of West Papua, also known as Irian Jaya.

Africa Activism: What Direction Now?

Despite all the profound disagreements and criticisms, the National Summit on Africa demonstrated decisively that there is a powerful network of activists in the United States who are working on Africa issues.

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