US intelligence documents on Nelson Mandela made publicNaija247news

Erika Holt
July 21, 2018

It came as South Africans joined former U.S. president Barack Obama in marking the centennial of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela's birth with acts of charity in a country still struggling with deep economic inequality 24 years after the end of white minority rule.

"More and more not only are we seeing concentrations of wealth, we are seeing concentrations of talent in various global centres, whether it is Shanghai or Dubai", said Obama, who is on his first visit to Africa since leaving office in January 2017.

"But we need to resist that cynicism", Obama said in a speech in Johannesburg to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.

Former US President Barack Obama has used a tribute to Nelson Mandela to warn that the world had plunged into "strange and uncertain times", in what is being seen as a veiled attack on Donald Trump.

"That's what I believe", Obama said.

"I can't find common ground if someone says climate change is just not happening when nearly all the world's scientists tell us it is". "This will be a globally minded speech, highlighting global trends and focusing on how, in his life, Mandela embodied perseverance". Add Barack Obama as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Barack Obama news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

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Newly released United States intelligence documents showed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation continued to investigate South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela as a potential "communist menace" even after his release from prison in 1990, a Washington-based group which sued to obtain the papers said.

Obama, who is set to make his highest-profile speech since leaving office, has responded with a mock look of outrage and a smile.

"The most extraordinary thing about Nelson Mandela was his ordinariness". We call upon members of the society from all walks of life to spend 67 minutes of their time, on Nelson Mandela's birthday - 18 July to perform duties or activities in service to our communities.

Mr Obama is delivering the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at a cricket stadium in Johannesburg in an address which will urge young people to fight to defend democracy, human rights and peace.

Obama's speech highlighted how the Nobel Peace Prize victor, who was imprisoned for 27 years, kept up his campaign against what appeared to be insurmountable odds to end apartheid, South Africa's harsh system of white minority rule.

Machel Graca, Mandela's widow, led a short walk to promote Mandela's legacy, while the centenary was marked with the release of a new book of his prison letters and a commemorative bank note.

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