James R. Lobe (born January 4, 1949 in Seattle, Washington) is an American journalist and the Washington Bureau Chief of the international news agency Inter Press Service. He has also written for Foreign Policy In Focus, Oneworld.net, Alternet, TomPaine.com, Asia Times, and other internet news publications. Lobe is best known for his criticism of U.S. foreign policy, American militarism, critic of anti-Semitism, with a particular focus on the neo-conservatives, their worldview, their relationship to other political tendencies, and their influence in the Bush administration.
In 1970, Lobe graduated magna cum laude from Williams College in Williamstown (Massachusetts), with highest honors in History. He received his Juris Doctor from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley in 1974.
Jim Lobe has served as the Washington D.C. correspondent and Bureau Chief of Inter Press Service (IPS) from 1980 to 1985, and again from 1989 to the present. IPS is an international news and feature agency that specializes in the coverage of events and issues of interest to or affecting developing countries. Since 2001, Lobe has served on the Foreign Policy in Focus Board of Advisors.
Lobe has lectured occasionally on U.S. Foreign Policy, Neo-conservative ideology, the Bush administration, and Foreign Policy and the U.S. Media at various colleges and universities around the United States, including: Jackson School of International Studies and School of Communications at the University of Washington, Seattle; Union College in Schenectady, New York; Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut; American University in Washington D.C.; University of San Francisco (USF); and New York University. He also lectured at the Institute of American Affairs, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China; the Institute of International Relations in Hanoi, Vietnam; and the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland (April, 2005). In 2004, he acted as defense attorney for the Project of the New American Century at the BRussells Tribunal in Brussels.
After the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, Inter Press Service released its analysis that said the perpetrators were most likely homegrown militia and pointed to the end date of feds' Waco siege against the Branch Davidians and the attack of a federal building. At the time, competitors were looking at Middle East terrorists. Lobe said IPS had scooped its media competitors on the point by 48 hours.
Jim Lobe has written at some length on the general worldview of neo-conservatives, as well as of their policy agendas as they have evolved over time.
He was the first to relate that agenda to the controversial Defense Policy Guidance (DPG) draft paper that was overseen by then-Undersecretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, and leaked to the New York Times in March, 1992.
Jim Lobe was the first journalist to cover the ties between the post-9/11 agenda pursued by the Bush administration and the recommendations of the neo-conservative-led Project for the New American Century.
Lobe was among the first to cover the split within the Bush administration between the coalition of hawks – neo-conservatives, aggressive nationalists, and the Christian Right – on the one hand and the “realists” centered in the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on the other. Since 2001, many of his stories have dealt with the internal balance of power and its evolution over the six years in which Bush has been president.
Lobe linked the key US policy makers on Iran inside the Bush administration to the Likud party and based on evidence of testimony identified them as surrogates.
Lobe has been recognized by major international media for his expertise on the neo-conservative movement and foreign policy. He appeared on the BBC’s public-affairs program Panorama: “The War Party”, broadcast May 18, 2003; and was interviewed for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Four Corners public affairs program: “American Dreamers”, broadcast March 10, 2003.
- 2003 & 2004, IPS Award for Excellence in Independent Journalism
- Lobe, Jim and Oliveri, Adele; eds. (2003) I Nuovi Rivoluzionari: Il Pensiero dei Neoconservatori Americani. Milan: Feltrinelli. (Co-editor)
- Feffer, John; ed. (2003) Power Trip: U.S. Unilateralism and Global Strategy After September 11. New York: Seven Stories Press. (Contributor)
- Ackerman, S., Arkin, W., Marthoz, J., Wery, M.; eds., (2004) Les Etats-Unis a Contre-Courant: Critiques Americaines a L’Egard d’une Politique Etrangere Unilateraliste. Brussels: GRIP. (Contributor)
- Freedland, Jonathan (1995). "Tiny Agency Beat Goliaths with Oklahoma Blast's Davidian Link". The Guardian (UK).
- "The War Party". Panorama (TV series) (transcript) (BBC). May 18, 2003.
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- Kaur, Hardev (September 13, 2002). "Superpower shadow increasingly threatening". New Straits Times (Highbeam (subscription database)). Retrieved 2013-06-22.
- Floyd, Chris (April 29, 2003). "Global Eye". The St. Petersburg Times (Highbeam (subscription database)). Retrieved 2013-06-22.
- Hussain, Brig. Gen. (Retd) M. Sakhawat (November 23, 2004). "Bush's victory".
- Black, Edwin (October 4, 2004). "Feeding Frenzy". Jerusalem Post (Highbeam (subscription database)). Retrieved 2013-06-22.
- "American Dreamers". Four Corners (TV program) (transcript) (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). March 10, 2003. Retrieved 2013-06-22.