Jim Lobe, Founder and Director, LobeLog
Founded by, and named after veteran journalist Jim Lobe, the blog provides useful background on foreign policy issues, with special focus on the Middle East. It relies heavily on contributions from former intelligence, diplomats and government officials, and tries to be even-handed in its approach to the troubled region. It was originally part of the Inter Press Service, a long-established information outlet with strong Latin American interests launched by two Argentine journalists. Years ago, Lobe moved it to the Institute for Policy Studies.