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Thursday, July 31, 2014   18:39 GMT

Stories by Jim Lobe

A proud native of Seattle, Washington, Jim Lobe received a university degree with highest honours in history at Williams College and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law). He joined IPS in 1979 and opened its Washington, D.C. bureau in 1980, and won the IPS Award for Excellence in Independent Journalism in 2003 and 2004. Lobe has worked for IPS from Washington for most of the past 23 years.



U.S., Obamas Image Remains Positive Worldwide
by Jim Lobe
While Republicans and other right-wingers claim that President Barack Obama has inflicted unprecedented damage on Washingtons global reputation, a major new global survey suggests that the image of the U.S. remains generally positive.


Bahrains Expulsion of U.S. Official Sets Back Ties, Reform Hopes
by Jim Lobe
Mondays expulsion order by Bahrain against a visiting senior U.S. official has set back tentative hopes for internal reforms that could reconcile the kingdoms Sunni-led government with its majority Shia community and drawn a sharp protest from Washington.

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What Is the Greatest Threat of Them All?
by Jim Lobe
This months stunning campaign by Sunni insurgents led by the radical Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL) against the mainly Shia government of Iraqi President Nouri Al-Maliki is stoking a growing debate here about the hierarchy of threats facing the United States in the Middle East and beyond.


In Latest Republican Split, Tea Party Takes on Export-Import Bank
by Jim Lobe
U.S. Big Business is going all out to protect a favoured government agency, the 80-year-old Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im), from a full-fledged assault by the populist Tea Party wing of the Republican Party.


Obama, Rights Groups Protest Egypt Sentencing
by Jim Lobe
The administration of President Barack Obama joined international human rights groups around the world in strongly condemn(ing) Mondays conviction and sentencing by an Egyptian court of three Al Jazeera journalists and 15 others for their alleged association with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.


Neo-Cons, Hawks Can't Get No Iraq Traction
by Jim Lobe
Despite their ubiquity on television talk shows and newspaper op-ed pages, neo-conservatives and other hawks who propelled the U.S. into war in Iraq 11 years ago are falling short in their efforts to persuade the public and Congress that Washington needs to return.


Arab Publics Prefer Light U.S. Footprint, Even in Syria
by Jim Lobe
In contrast to some of their leaders, people across the Arab world prefer President Barack Obamas efforts to reduce Washingtons 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 Arab public opinion released here Tuesday.


Obama Stresses Multilateralism over Militarism at West Point
by Jim Lobe
U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday stressed multilateralism over militarism in what was billed as a major foreign policy address and a rebuttal to an ever-louder chorus of criticism, mostly by Republicans and neo-conservatives, that his tenure has been marked by weakness and retreat.


Obama Announces Final Afghanistan Withdrawal by End-2016
by Jim Lobe
U.S. President Barack Obama announced Tuesday his intention to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016.


Sanctioning Venezuela Unlikely to Defuse Tensions
by Jim Lobe

Pending legislation calling for U.S. President Barack Obama to impose sanctions against key Venezuelan officials is unlikely to defuse the ongoing crisis there and could prove counter-productive, according to both the administration and independent experts here.

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