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Obama removes penalties for countries using child soldiers

In a short memo released Friday, President Barack Obama announced that he would waive economic penalties for countries employing child soldiers.

In a short memo released Friday, President Barack Obama announced that he would waive economic penalties for countries employing child soldiers, citing ‚??the national interest‚?Ě in doing so. The memo stated that all sanctions imposed under the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 would be waived for Libya, South Sudan, and Yemen, and portion‚??s of the law‚??s requirements would be lifted for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The exact interests requiring these waivers was not stated.

Foreign Policy‚??s The Cable reports that this is the third year Obama has opted to waive penalties under child soldier laws.
Jesse Eaves, the senior policy adviser for child protection at World Vision, told the publication the Obama was trying to maintain good relationships with the countries to ensure security assistance, but called the move ‚??bizarre‚?Ě because of how strongly Obama has come out publicly against precisely this kind of child exploitation.

It’s a good time to remember to judge a candidate based on actions, not on words.

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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hope‚??s email is HHodge@eaglepub.com

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