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Barack Obama's Address at Nelson Mandela's Memorial Service - in Full


World  (tags: Nelson Mandela, memorial service, Obama, speech, Soveto, S.A.africa )

Angelika
- 254 days ago - theguardian.com
Read the US president's remarks at the memorial service in Soweto to the former president of South Africa. " To the people of South Africa - people of every race and walk of life - the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. "



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Angelika R. (146)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 7:35 am
This did get the most applause and i feel it came across sincerely.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 8:12 am
Perhaps many will fully recognise the significant meaning of this event only later... just think of the tremendous act of shaking hands between the US and Cuba's leaders- for first time after 50 years !! Madiba "Tata" would LOVE IT !
 

pam w. (191)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 1:44 pm
He would, indeed, Angie! President Obama has a fine way of speaking...intelligently but in a humane, accessible way. I'm sure there's much about him which strikes a cord in the Africans who attended. I also know Madiba was deeply loved in Kenya...as is our President.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 2:43 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

Adam M. (0)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 6:18 pm
Who said Mandela is dead? Or.. A Message from Mandela
(By Adama Bamba, Pls. bear the translation with me).

You said : Mandela’s dead!
You said : Madiba is gone!
Some of you are wearing black..
The color of sadness and gloom!
Some of you have lowered their flags and lit candles.

You said: Mandela’s dead! Madiba is gone!
Some of you composed elegies and revived the legacies of (Bala) Faseke.
Photos of Mandela in every column of your newspapers and magazines.
Mandela’s smiling face has become a still logo on your TV screen.
You said: Mandela’s dead! Madiba is gone!

Liars! Hypocrites are U!
Say: We want Mandela to die!
Say: We want to get rid of Mandela!
Say: Shall Mandela go to… H..E..L..L..!

Did Mandela told U that he is dead?
Shall a Knight dismount his stallion at the midst of battle?
O you mourners.. return to your homes!
Mandela refuses to be locked up in a coffin.
Mandela still firm on his horseback.
Mandela still a thunder that bangs.. a lightning that sparkles.

Shall Mandela accept to die
While the apartheid still...
A cancer that spreads in your brains…
A toxicated blood that circulates in your veins?

Shall Mandela accept to die while the apartheid still..
A God that you worship and cherish..

Shall Mandela accept to die while..
His sons and daughters everywhere
Are mangy dogs… persona non grata!
While…
The architecture of your countries… still racist?
A neighborhood for Buddha.. another for Jesus.. For Muhammad...
In the suburbs of deprivation and oppression..
Ghettos for Blacks.. Negroes.. zombies….
Ghettos of humiliation.. poverty.. illiteracy.. diseases.

Shall Mandela accept to die while..
Africa still torn apart into…
Zulu-stan
Hausa-stan
Touareg-stan
Hutu-stan…
Muslims-stan.. Christi-stan.. Voodoo-satan…?

Shall Mandela accept to die while..
Your tribal made wars still ravaging.
The axes of ignorance and salinity in your hands..
You still planting the swords of barbarism in the chests
Of your brothers and sisters?

O you mourners .. return to your homes!
Tear off your elegies!
Blow off your candles!
Lift up your flags!
Take off your black clothes!

And the day you declare war on the Apartheid
The day you remove entries for “Apartheid” from your constitutions... your national anthems…
From your dictionaries... your school books.. your fairy stories...
The day you change the architecture of your cities.. your streets…
Your churches, your pagodas, your mosques, your parliaments, your markets, your brothels…

Then..
Happily.. put on your black dress!
Lower you flags!
Lit your candles!
Read aloud your elegies!
Then…
Happily say:
Today.. Mandela died… and along with him… the Apartheid is gone!
 

Adam M. (0)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 6:19 pm
Who said Mandela is dead? Or.. A Message from Mandela
(By Adama Bamba, Pls. bear the translation with me).

You said : Mandela’s dead!
You said : Madiba is gone!
Some of you are wearing black..
The color of sadness and gloom!
Some of you have lowered their flags and lit candles.

You said: Mandela’s dead! Madiba is gone!
Some of you composed elegies and revived the legacies of (Bala) Faseke.
Photos of Mandela in every column of your newspapers and magazines.
Mandela’s smiling face has become a still logo on your TV screen.
You said: Mandela’s dead! Madiba is gone!

Liars! Hypocrites are U!
Say: We want Mandela to die!
Say: We want to get rid of Mandela!
Say: Shall Mandela go to… H..E..L..L..!

Did Mandela told U that he is dead?
Shall a Knight dismount his stallion at the midst of battle?
O you mourners.. return to your homes!
Mandela refuses to be locked up in a coffin.
Mandela still firm on his horseback.
Mandela still a thunder that bangs.. a lightning that sparkles.

Shall Mandela accept to die
While the apartheid still...
A cancer that spreads in your brains…
A toxicated blood that circulates in your veins?

Shall Mandela accept to die while the apartheid still..
A God that you worship and cherish..

Shall Mandela accept to die while..
His sons and daughters everywhere
Are mangy dogs… persona non grata!
While…
The architecture of your countries… still racist?
A neighborhood for Buddha.. another for Jesus.. For Muhammad...
In the suburbs of deprivation and oppression..
Ghettos for Blacks.. Negroes.. zombies….
Ghettos of humiliation.. poverty.. illiteracy.. diseases.

Shall Mandela accept to die while..
Africa still torn apart into…
Zulu-stan
Hausa-stan
Touareg-stan
Hutu-stan…
Muslims-stan.. Christi-stan.. Voodoo-satan…?

Shall Mandela accept to die while..
Your tribal made wars still ravaging.
The axes of ignorance and salinity in your hands..
You still planting the swords of barbarism in the chests
Of your brothers and sisters?

O you mourners .. return to your homes!
Tear off your elegies!
Blow off your candles!
Lift up your flags!
Take off your black clothes!

And the day you declare war on the Apartheid
The day you remove entries for “Apartheid” from your constitutions... your national anthems…
From your dictionaries... your school books.. your fairy stories...
The day you change the architecture of your cities.. your streets…
Your churches, your pagodas, your mosques, your parliaments, your markets, your brothels…

Then..
Happily.. put on your black dress!
Lower you flags!
Lit your candles!
Read aloud your elegies!
Then…
Happily say:
Today.. Mandela died… and along with him… the Apartheid is gone!
 

Angelika R. (146)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 6:46 pm
Awesome food for thought there-thank you!!
 

Stephen G. (9)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 4:46 am
It's a shame Obama's promises to the people aren't consistent with the smooth talking that got him into office. What about his support of Israel's Apartheid towards the Palestinians? Or his support of China and it's Apartheid against the Tibetans? Or his de facto Apartheid against the American people via erosion of their civil liberties? Or his Apartheid against untried prisoners held illegally at Guantanamo Bay? Don't be fooled by the smooth delivery of a speech written by an unseen speech writer. Obama's a good actor who is eroding more freedoms of more people than South African Apartheid ever did.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 4:53 am
noted
 

monka blanke (74)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 6:06 am
The truth about Nelson Mandela: Sorry it's in Dutch.
Allemaal heel indrukwekkend en zelfs zeer ontroerend, maar dankzij de alternatieve
nieuwskanalen waren deze week meer en meer eigenaardige feitelijkheden aan het daglicht
gekomen over de betreurde overledene. De voornaamste zijn
 hij was een vrijmetselaar en dan nog wel van de drieëndertigste ( = hoogste ) graad.
Je moet héél speciale 'goede' papieren hebben om tot dit uiterst select
kransje toegelaten te worden ...
 hij was lid van Orde van Malta, voor de buitenwereld een charitatief clubje van ouwe
katholieken maar in werkelijkheid één van de vertakkingen van het NWO-web
waartoe alleen illuminati-coryfeeën worden toegelaten
 hij was (mede)oprichter van 'Umkhonto we Sizwe' (Speer van de Natie) aka MK, de
militaire vleugel van het ANC. De meeste revoluties ontstaan niet bij het verdrukte
volk zelf, maar worden van buitenaf geïnitieerd, gefinancierd en gedirigeerd. De
zogenaamde Arabische lente is daar een recent voorbeeld van.
 hij was medeverantwoordelijk voor vele bom- en andere aanslagen, die het leven
kostten aan honderden blanken én zwarten, ook kinderen. De meest brutale praktijk
was deze van het 'populaire' necklacing ... ( gevoelige zielen gaan de betekenis
hiervan best niet opzoeken ! )
 hij werd ernstig verdacht van banden met MI 6 ( de Britse geheime dienst )
 hij had helemaal niet zo'n streng en waterdicht gevangenisregime op Robbeneiland
als uit films en boeken en kranten blijkt
 hij werkte nauw samen met Joe Slovo en Chris Hani, rabiate activisten en infiltranten
met zionistische en Russische afkomst of opleiding om het communisme à la Stalin in
te voeren
 

John Y. (78)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 8:25 am
Thank you
 

Angelika R. (146)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 8:57 am
Monka-thx for your input, only there will hardly be anyone understanding this. I can read and understand much of it, however, have no way of judging what is true about it.. There will ALWAYS be different opinions and other voices about EVERY great person in history.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 1:27 pm
noted, thanks
 

Barb PL (1067)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 3:15 pm
noted.... Thank you!
 
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