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Obama gives Trump sharp rebuke in Mandela address on values

Obama says opportunities could be greater in their own countries Obama says opportunities could be greater in their own countries
Bennie Garza | 19 July, 2018, 04:24

Mandela, who was released from prison in 1990 and became president four years later, died in 2013 at the age of 95. He also has a history of getting down while in Kenya: back during his state visit in 2015, he put on a show with the Lipala, a traditional Kenyan dance. "In the West, you've got far-right parties that oftentimes are based not just on platforms of protectionism and closed borders, but also on barely hidden racial nationalism".

"Who needs free speech as long as the economy is going good?" he said, in the speech lasting nearly 90 minutes.

"Populist movements, cynically funded by right-wing billionaires anxious about their own interests", Obama said.

Obama concluded his speech by encouraging young people to stay politically active and have faith in democracy despite how "slow" and "frustrating" it can be at times. "To believe that recent shifts in global politics are too powerful to push back against". "We need to believe in the next generation".

"I have made this point before that we've to resist the notion of beating up and jailing people due to their sexual orientation".

Obama praised the diversity of the World Cup champion French team, and he said that those countries engaging in xenophobia "eventually. find themselves consumed by civil war". Maybe we can change their minds, maybe they'll change ours.

But, "you can be proud of your heritage without denigrating another person's heritage", Obama said, as he encouraged folks to "engage with people not only who look different, but who hold different views" on both sides. But the world can not function without facts, Mr. Obama said.

The former US president suggested a different path."Let me tell you what I believe", he said.

"We see the utter loss of shame among political leaders, where they are caught in a lie and they just double down and they lie some more", he said. And you can't do this if you just, out of hand, disregard what your opponents have to say from the start. And you can't do this if you just out of hand disregard what your opponents have to say from the start.

Obama told young African business people and activists at a gathering in Johannesburg that opportunities could be greater in their own countries. "We've been in lower valleys".

African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Mandela's widow Graca Machel were among the guests from Obama's speech - his highest-profile address since leaving office.

In a clear reference to Mr. Trump's repeated claim that climate change is "a hoax", Mr. Obama said it is impossible to "find common ground" if a politician ignores the consensus of nearly all scientists.

The Democratic former U.S. president did not name his Republican successor, Donald Trump, but the speech was among the most pointed comments he has made about politics since leaving office in January 2017.

Ramaphosa also said there was no place for racism, tribalism and chauvinism in the South Africa of Nelson Mandela. And, people in other countries have expressed decreased confidence in America's leadership in worldwide affairs since Obama left the White House, according to 2017 Pew center survey.

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