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Tens of millions of dollars of U.S. military financing will continue to flow to Yemen and three other countries that recruit and use child soldiers, despite a 2008 U.S. law designed to restrict U.S. taxpayer funding of foreign militaries that enlist children to fight in war.​
The White House issued a memorandum Tuesday evening to allow military funding to Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Chad, three of the six countries on the State Department's list of foreign governments that recruit and use child soldiers in state-backed armed forces and militias.​
Human rights advocates say the presidential waivers, issued for a second year in a row, undermine the intentions of Congress.​
"The law could be very effective if it was applied the way Congress intended, but instead the administration has chosen to disregard the law and exert poor leadership on this issue," said Jo Becker, advocacy director of Human Rights Watch's Children's Rights Division. "Last year, the administration said they were putting governments on notice and giving them time to address the problem, but this year governments that have shown no progress are still getting assistance no strings attached."​
In Yemen, children who are 15 years old and younger have been recruited to fight in the government's conflict with rebels. Becker says that as recently as August, Human Rights Watch observed children serving in Yemen's Central Security force, an elite paramilitary unit, and with the army's First Armored Division, which defected to the opposition in March.​
The renewed waiver for Yemen comes on the heels of the killing of al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, which has been hailed as a major success in the U.S. collaboration with the Yemeni government to root out militants in the region. The State Department has requested $35 million in foreign military financing for the Yemeni government for the 2012 fiscal year. The aid represents one portion of the total military, security and other assistance to the country, which has exceeded $100 million annually in recent years.​
The White House has argued that cutting military aid to Yemen would hurt U.S. efforts to work with countries like Yemen that provided crucial cooperation in the fight against al Qaeda militants. When the waiver was issued last year, then-White House spokesman Tommy Vietor told the New York Times the Obama administration believed that continued engagement with Yemen and the other countries receiving waivers would allow the U.S. to work with these governments to end their use of child soldiers.​




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Obama is the present face for the 'western' attack on the continent of Afrika. There are presently 35 Afrikan countries who have either American or European troops stationed in their respective countries .....

The scramble for Afrika continues ....
 

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Tuesday's presidential memorandum cited "national security interests" as the basis for granting the waivers for Yemen and Congo
"The partial national interest waiver issued for the Democratic Republic of Congo," said Vietor, "fully restricts the provision of Foreign Military Financing to the Government of the DRC, and sends a clear signal to the Government of the DRC that it must do more, while allowing for the provision of certain forms of training and supplies that will serve to further professionalize the DRC's military."​
Becker says that the issuance of blanket waivers has not proven to be effective in addressing the recruitment of child soldiers. She points to the example of Congo, which has used hundreds of child soldiers and resisted efforts to demobilize children from its units while receiving U.S. funding over the past six years.
"This is not an all-or-nothing proposal," said Becker. "$35 million is a lot of money. The administration could tell the government of Yemen it will withhold a portion of its funds until it takes concrete steps to remove children in its forces."​
President Obama voted for the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 while serving in the Senate. The law, which went into effect in June of 2009, prohibits international military education and training, foreign military financing, and the issuances of licenses for sales of military equipment. Funding for peacekeeping and law enforcement is not applicable under the law.
'Help us fight terrorist and we'll look the other way' seems to be the name of that game. What'a shame... Pres. obama's face smeared all over it.​
Tsk.​
 

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I guess at this point, as in the midst of an Orwellian like disutopia, it's all up to what we are just going along with, via the here and now, or helping to usher in a better future, for us all...

Both are and will reflect our own choices...

FYI...
 

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Here's an interesting comment posted in the article on page 2:

thealyssa27
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Jun 06, 2012


really??? if we restrict military funding for those countries, those children that are recruited will just starve to death out on the battlefield. older soldiers out there have no intentions of giving over some of their rations to help their children soldiers. its not a matter of believing a childs life isnt as important, cuz who cares...its an issue of foreign policy. if we kept our noses out of other countries issues, for the most part, we wouldnt have so many issues of our own here.


Yemeni soldiers during a demonstration in Sanaa, Yemen, Oct. 4, 2011. (Hani Mohammed/AP Photo)

Tens of millions of dollars of U.S. military financing will continue to flow to Yemen and three other countries that recruit and use child soldiers, despite a 2008 U.S. law designed to restrict U.S. taxpayer funding of foreign militaries that enlist children to fight in war.


The White House issued a memorandum Tuesday evening to allow military funding to Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Chad, three of the six countries on the State Department's list of foreign governments that recruit and use child soldiers in state-backed armed forces and militias.


Human rights advocates say the presidential waivers, issued for a second year in a row, undermine the intentions of Congress.


"The law could be very effective if it was applied the way Congress intended, but instead the administration has chosen to disregard the law and exert poor leadership on this issue," said Jo Becker, advocacy director of Human Rights Watch's Children's Rights Division. "Last year, the administration said they were putting governments on notice and giving them time to address the problem, but this year governments that have shown no progress are still getting assistance no strings attached."


In Yemen, children who are 15 years old and younger have been recruited to fight in the government's conflict with rebels. Becker says that as recently as August, Human Rights Watch observed children serving in Yemen's Central Security force, an elite paramilitary unit, and with the army's First Armored Division, which defected to the opposition in March.


The renewed waiver for Yemen comes on the heels of the killing of al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, which has been hailed as a major success in the U.S. collaboration with the Yemeni government to root out militants in the region. The State Department has requested $35 million in foreign military financing for the Yemeni government for the 2012 fiscal year. The aid represents one portion of the total military, security and other assistance to the country, which has exceeded $100 million annually in recent years.


The White House has argued that cutting military aid to Yemen would hurt U.S. efforts to work with countries like Yemen that provided crucial cooperation in the fight against al Qaeda militants. When the waiver was issued last year, then-White House spokesman Tommy Vietor told the New York Times the Obama administration believed that continued engagement with Yemen and the other countries receiving waivers would allow the U.S. to work with these governments to end their use of child soldiers.





http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/obama-waives-child-soldier-ban-yemen-congo/story?id=14663930
 

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I tell family members and Obama disciples that Obama supports child armies and they begin by denying it and then say I'm naive and don't understand the "bigger picture". Always an excuse.
First of all, somebody has to take a stand, even if it's an unpopular one...

Our past leaders did, one who reminded whites 'the chickens had come home to roost', (aka Malcolm X), i. e., after an attempt to oust Castro led to him allowing nukes on his island, (which created the Cuban missile crisis in the first place), whereas it has been alleged elements of this nation's own spy services had something to do with Kennedy's death; and Dr. King's brave stand against U. S. military intervention during the so called Vietnam Civil War...

It wasn't and long since there have been articles etc. printed to dispute it....

Instead, for the sake of a face saving defense of this nation's first African American president, some would dare to imply and suggest we merely back him, based on mere race loyalty etc.?

Sigh...

Actually that sort of ploy has been so overdone it's clique ridden, as well as friend and foe resort to the same sales pitch, i. e., whereas our relations are starting to take none of us that seriously anymore...

Instead, it's not just about Obama, and it is about us being a reflection of what our morals etc., as well as what leads us to speak up and stand up for who we are and striving to be about, on this thread and others, via these forums and this website...
 

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Tens of millions of dollars of U.S. military financing will continue to flow to Yemen and three other countries that recruit and use child soldiers, despite a 2008 U.S. law designed to restrict U.S. taxpayer funding of foreign militaries that enlist children to fight in war.



The White House issued a memorandum Tuesday evening to allow military funding to Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Chad, three of the six countries on the State Department's list of foreign governments that recruit and use child soldiers in state-backed armed forces and militias.



Human rights advocates say the presidential waivers, issued for a second year in a row, undermine the intentions of Congress.



"The law could be very effective if it was applied the way Congress intended, but instead the administration has chosen to disregard the law and exert poor leadership on this issue," said Jo Becker, advocacy director of Human Rights Watch's Children's Rights Division. "Last year, the administration said they were putting governments on notice and giving them time to address the problem, but this year governments that have shown no progress are still getting assistance no strings attached."



In Yemen, children who are 15 years old and younger have been recruited to fight in the government's conflict with rebels. Becker says that as recently as August, Human Rights Watch observed children serving in Yemen's Central Security force, an elite paramilitary unit, and with the army's First Armored Division, which defected to the opposition in March.



The renewed waiver for Yemen comes on the heels of the killing of al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, which has been hailed as a major success in the U.S. collaboration with the Yemeni government to root out militants in the region. The State Department has requested $35 million in foreign military financing for the Yemeni government for the 2012 fiscal year. The aid represents one portion of the total military, security and other assistance to the country, which has exceeded $100 million annually in recent years.



The White House has argued that cutting military aid to Yemen would hurt U.S. efforts to work with countries like Yemen that provided crucial cooperation in the fight against al Qaeda militants. When the waiver was issued last year, then-White House spokesman Tommy Vietor told the New York Times the Obama administration believed that continued engagement with Yemen and the other countries receiving waivers would allow the U.S. to work with these governments to end their use of child soldiers.







http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/obama-waives-child-soldier-ban-yemen-congo/story?id=14663930
More than your family members are confused and dumbfounded by Obama's contradictory policies and practices,,,,'

That's why we are called upon to figure out what his are truly being based on...

And what is the value of a former advisor being the present day mayor Chicago, since I've also been led to believe it actually took the efforts of grassroots activists to seeek his aid?

Just who do some of today's black elected officials feel and think deserve it:

But we can also form true voting blocs, replace them with who truly do advance our peoples best efforts, too...

In all cases, long overdue for us to truly look out for our best efforts, posters....
 

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