Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Congressional Republicans Will Block Obama's Initiative with Cuba, Nigerian Government in a Tussle with US, Iran's Importance, Jews Facing Decline in Germany, and North Korea Can Improve Relations through South Korea's Help

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Congressional Republicans Will Block Obama's Initiative with Cuba, Nigerian Government in a Tussle with US, Iran's Importance, Jews Facing Decline in Germany, and North Korea Can Improve Relations through South Korea's Help

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Embassy / OttawaCongressional Republicans will block Obama's initiative with Cuba

"President Barack Obama's decision last month to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba was a good idea...," writes Gwynne Dyer. "Unfortunately ... Obama's good idea is not really going to change things much.... The Republican Party now controls both Houses of Congress, and the embargo cannot be ended except by Congressional consent. That will not be forthcoming.... It makes political sense for Republicans to oppose Obama's initiative: they have no interest in allowing him a victory that they have it within their power to thwart. Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida vowed that he would do 'everything in my power' to keep the embargo in place, and also threatened to block the confirmation of a US ambassador to Cuba and prevent funding for construction of a US embassy in Havana.... Maybe some serious change will eventually come out of this initiative, but certainly not before the end of 2016."

Daily Independent / Lagos, NigeriaNigerian government reacts over military matters against US

"The American Embassy in Nigeria in a press release, recently, announced the cancellation of United States of America training for the Nigerian military," states an editorial. "The statement said the cancellation was at the [insistence] of the Nigerian government.... [T]he action by the Federal Government in stopping the training can only be seen as reactionary and retaliatory to the perceived non- cooperation of the US in assisting the Nigerian military in the war against Boko Haram insurgency and it will ultimately create bigger diplomatic and, perhaps, economic row between the two countries. Government needs to exercise some cautions."

Iran Daily / Tehran, IranObama recognizes Iran as a major regional player

"Iran is located in a strategic region and can play an important role [in] the world order. That's why [President] Obama tries to approach Iran with policies based on realities and not ambitions and illusions," states an editorial. "He well knows that Iran is totally different from Cuba and is situated in one of the world's most important geopolitical regions. …

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