Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Obama warns against China’s model and the rise of ‘strongman politics’

Obama warns against China’s model and the rise of ‘strongman politics’

Former U.S. president Barack Obama, in an impassioned return to the global stage, has warned that the world is sliding into a brutal and unsafe new era of "strongman politics" where autocrats are exploiting fear to subvert democracy.

The former president opened by describing today's times as "strange and uncertain", adding that "each day's news cycle is bringing more head-spinning and disturbing headlines". "People just make stuff up!" he exclaimed, "there is an utter loss of shame among political leaders when they're caught in a lie and they just double down and lie some more". 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.

"Yesterday we had Trump and Putin standing together, now we are seeing the opposing team: Obama and Mandela", said Stremlau.

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"I thought it was offering all of us a progressive alternative to the strongman, autocratic tendencies that are showing themselves in too many countries of the world, including the United States", Stremlau told VOA.

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Obama rallied the crowd in Johannesburg to respect human rights and keep Mandela's ideas alive, at a time of threats to tear down what's been built over the last few decades.

Earlier this week Obama called on Kenya's leaders to turn their backs on divisive ethnic politics and clamp down on corruption.

Obama was talking at a mostly unscripted event hosted by his foundation in Johannesburg on Wednesday, a day after he delivered the Nelson Mandela annual lecture. "It is in part because of the failures of governments and powerful elites to squarely address the shortcomings and contradictions of this worldwide order that we now see much of the world threatening to return to an older, a more risky, a more brutal way of doing business".

"Nelson Mandela was loyal and true to the non-racial character and politics of the ANC".

"More than a quarter century after Madiba walked out of prison, I still have to stand here saying people of all races and women and men are the same", Obama said, referencing Nelson Mandela's clan name.

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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.

Ramaphosa said the process of expropriating land without compensation would lead to enhancing the growth of South Africa and increase agricultural production and food security.

Instead of commenting on politics, Obama's speech was drawing on broader themes and his admiration for Mandela, whom America's first black president saw as a mentor.

While he said that sexism still existed in South Africa, he added that Madiba would have wanted it to be rooted out.

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