Obama speech in South Africa: Rips Trump's worldview without saying name

19 July, 2018, 07:57 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • Obama delivers Mandela address in expected rebuke to Trump

Obama reflected on times of the past when powers of the world viewed certain nations, certain races and certain groups as "apparently superior and violence and corruption was the primarily basis for governments", when "the strong unnecessarily exploited the weak, wealth was determined primarily by conquest. women were subordinate to men, and privilege and status was bound by color".

Obama will also host a town hall event in Johannesburg on Wednesday for 200 young leaders selected from across Africa to attend a five-day training programme. "It used to be that if you caught them lying, they'd be like, oh man - now they just keep on lying", he added, amid laughter from the crowd.

"Basic truths do not change", Obama said.

Charlotte Hornets center Bismack Biyombo and Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri were on hand in Kenya this week for the opening of the Sauti Kuu Foundation's sports and education facility, which was headlined by former USA president Barack Obama. The Nelson Mandela Foundation has dedicating this year's Mandela Day to Action Against Poverty, honouring Mandela's leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all.

He added, "I believe we have no choice but to move forward, that those of us who believe in democracy and civil rights have a better story to tell".

Obama delivered the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in South Africa, slamming "strongman politics" and the rejection of intellectualism he feels is permeating today's political culture. They just make stuff up.

"We now stand at a crossroads, a moment in time in which two very different visions of humanity's future compete for the hearts and minds of citizens around the world".

"I would have thought we would have figured that out by now".

Obama has largely stayed away from the political stage since leaving office, but this week, during a speech in South Africa, the former president could not hold his frustrations in any longer.

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"Obama said he can't believe it is necessary to once again speak up for equality and human rights", Stremlau said. He said democracy is on the line with such lies. And you can't do this if you just, out of hand, disregard what your opponents have to say from the start.

July 18 marks 100 years since the birth of the late former president in 1918.

"I believe in Nelson Mandela's vision".

"Strongman politics are ascendant suddenly", he said.

"The documents reveal that, just as it did in the 1950s and 60s with Martin Luther King Jr and the civil rights movement, the FBI aggressively investigated the US and South African anti-apartheid movements as Communist plots imperiling American security", the group's president Ryan Shapiro said in a statement. He praised new South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who took over after increasingly unpopular President Jacob Zuma resigned in February.

While there was no guarantee that progressive values would ultimately triumph, there was no place for despondency, Obama said. After his release, Mandela went on to lead the ANC to victory in the first democratic elections in 1994.

This is Obama's first visit to Africa since he left office in early 2017.

"We see it in the promotion of anti-intellectualism and the rejection of science from leaders who find critical thinking and data somehow politically inconvenient", he said.



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