Why men have been getting on Barack Obama's nerves lately

Obama delivers Mandela address in expected rebuke to Trump

Obama delivers Mandela address in expected rebuke to Trump

Speaking at an event honoring the late Nelson Mandela ahead of the 100th anniversary of his birth, Obama did not mention President Donald Trump by name and cast his concerns far more broadly, warning against movements toward authoritarianism globally.

"Given the unusual and uncertain times that we are in, and they are odd, and they are uncertain...each day's news cycles bringing more head spinning and disturbing headlines".

Obama said that global progress is "threatened by the rise of nationalism", but told the crowd that the world has been through "darker times".

Many of Obama's supporters have felt frustrated with the former president, who was recently voted the best president of our lifetime, and his lack of response to the Trump administration's actions.

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".

"It is a plain fact that racial discrimination still exists in both the United States and South Africa", Obama, who became the first black American president in 2009, said. He also criticized what he called the "utter loss of shame among political leaders, where they're caught in a lie and they just double down and lie some more".

"It is time for us to stop paying all of our attention to the world's capitals. and focus on the world's grassroots. We've been through lower valleys".

"People just make stuff up", Obama said.

Barack Obama's moving lecture earned him a standing ovation.

In an impassioned address at Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture at a cricket stadium in Johannesburg, Obama said, "Democracy depends on strong institutions and it's about minority rights, checks and balances, freedom of speech, freedom of express and a free press".

Hours to 4pm local time, Raila, in the company of President Cyril Ramaphosa and his predecessor Jacob Juma, were ushered in by Mandela's grandson, Zwelivelive.

On this day marking the centennial of his birth, we commemorate Nelson Mandela's lifetime of service.

But South Africans must do more to fight for Mandela's values daily instead of engaging in symbolic gestures on his birthday, main opposition leader Mmusi Maimane with the Democratic Alliance said, adding that South Africa's "failed education is part of a system that locks black children out of opportunity".

He died in 2013 aged 95.

While President, Obama formed an accord created to reduce industrial espionage between China and the USA, which was maintained by Trump's administration in 2017.

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