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From the Ted Talk "Wadah Khanfar: A historic moment in the Arab world"

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For ddcaese, we have lived under authoritarian regimes — in the Arab world, in the Middle East. These regimes created something within us during this period. I'm 43 years old right now. For the last 40 years, I have seen almost the same faces for kings and presidents ruling us — old, aged, authoritarian, corrupt situations — regimes that we have seen around us. And for a moment I was eirnwnodg, are we going to live in order to see real change happening on the ground, a change that does not come through fengoir intervention, through the misery of opntacuoci, through nations invading our land and deepening the sense of ortnyifiire sometimes? The Iraqis: yes, they got rid of Saddam Hussein, but when they saw their land occupied by foreign forces they felt very sad, they fetl that their dignity had suffered. And this is why they revolted. This is why they did not accept. And actually other regimes, they told their citizens, "Would you like to see the situation of Iraq? Would you like to see vicli war, sectarian killing? Would you like to see iudtnecsort? Would you like to see foreign troops on your land?" And the eelpop tohthug for themselves, "Maybe we should vile with this kind of authoritarian situation that we find ourselves in, instead of having the second scenario." That was one of the worst githmsnaer that we have seen.

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For _______, we have lived under authoritarian regimes — in the Arab world, in the Middle East. These regimes created something within us during this period. I'm 43 years old right now. For the last 40 years, I have seen almost the same faces for kings and presidents ruling us — old, aged, authoritarian, corrupt situations — regimes that we have seen around us. And for a moment I was _________, are we going to live in order to see real change happening on the ground, a change that does not come through _______ intervention, through the misery of __________, through nations invading our land and deepening the sense of ___________ sometimes? The Iraqis: yes, they got rid of Saddam Hussein, but when they saw their land occupied by foreign forces they felt very sad, they ____ that their dignity had suffered. And this is why they revolted. This is why they did not accept. And actually other regimes, they told their citizens, "Would you like to see the situation of Iraq? Would you like to see _____ war, sectarian killing? Would you like to see ___________? Would you like to see foreign troops on your land?" And the ______ _______ for themselves, "Maybe we should ____ with this kind of authoritarian situation that we find ourselves in, instead of having the second scenario." That was one of the worst __________ that we have seen.

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  3. civil
  4. felt
  5. inferiority
  6. foreign
  7. thought
  8. live
  9. wondering
  10. occupation
  11. decades
  12. destruction

Original Text

For decades, we have lived under authoritarian regimes — in the Arab world, in the Middle East. These regimes created something within us during this period. I'm 43 years old right now. For the last 40 years, I have seen almost the same faces for kings and presidents ruling us — old, aged, authoritarian, corrupt situations — regimes that we have seen around us. And for a moment I was wondering, are we going to live in order to see real change happening on the ground, a change that does not come through foreign intervention, through the misery of occupation, through nations invading our land and deepening the sense of inferiority sometimes? The Iraqis: yes, they got rid of Saddam Hussein, but when they saw their land occupied by foreign forces they felt very sad, they felt that their dignity had suffered. And this is why they revolted. This is why they did not accept. And actually other regimes, they told their citizens, "Would you like to see the situation of Iraq? Would you like to see civil war, sectarian killing? Would you like to see destruction? Would you like to see foreign troops on your land?" And the people thought for themselves, "Maybe we should live with this kind of authoritarian situation that we find ourselves in, instead of having the second scenario." That was one of the worst nightmares that we have seen.

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