Gov. Cuomo Heads to Cuba on Trade Mission to Help New York Businesses, but Critics Say He Has Different Agenda

New York Daily News | Apr 19, 2015

Gov. Cuomo heads to Cuba Monday on a trade mission that critics charge is aimed more at generating headlines than creating economic opportunities for New York. Cuomo will leave Monday morning and will spend just over a day on the island nation in what administration officials insist is an effort to open pathways for New York businesses.

Senate Committee Vote on Iran a Big Win for Obama and Diplomacy

The Hill | Apr 19, 2015

Last week’s unanimous vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on legislation allowing congressional oversight of a potential nuclear deal with Iran has been interpreted by some as a setback to President Obama. The opposite is the case. The fact is that the president’s patient and intricate diplomatic approach, along with other major world powers, to negotiating this historic agreement has gained real traction and it now seems highly unlikely that opponents of the deal could sabotage it through congressional action.

Senate Committee Vote on Iran a Big Win for Obama and Diplomacy

The Hill | Apr 19, 2015

Last week’s unanimous vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on legislation allowing congressional oversight of a potential nuclear deal with Iran has been interpreted by some as a setback to President Obama. The opposite is the case. The fact is that the president’s patient and intricate diplomatic approach, along with other major world powers, to negotiating this historic agreement has gained real traction and it now seems highly unlikely that opponents of the deal could sabotage it through congressional action.

Canadian Government Working On Matchmaking Site For Foreign Aid

The Huffington Post | Apr 18, 2015

Instead of bringing together love-starved singles, the project would introduce strangers with shared interest in development, including for-profit companies, non-profit organizations, governments and international agencies.

Shanxi Training Afghan Medical Staff

Xinhua | Apr 18, 2015

North China's Shanxi Province has begun a training program for Afghan hospital administrators and medics. It will train 64 Afghans within the next two years, and 19 of them are already training in the province, its health department said on Saturday.

Muslim Rock Idea Shows Lack of US Anti-ISIL Propaganda Policy

Sputnik News | Apr 18, 2015

According to former CIA officer, the US asking Sony Pictures Entertainment to find a Muslim version of Western rock musician Bob Geldof to counter Islamic State propaganda demonstrates that US President Barack Obama lacks a coherent strategy to address extremist information operations.

Dominating Asia: AIIB And The US-Chinese Economic Battle

Daily Sabah | Apr 18, 2015

Controlling a multilateral investment bank will give Beijing greater influence over the Asia-Pacific region that needs a whopping $8 trillion-worth of infrastructure investment until 2020 to keep pace with global technological and demographic changes

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