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From the Ted Talk by Rachel Kleinfeld: A path to security for the world's deadliest countries

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Take Venezuela. It's the most violent country in the world today, if you look at deaths per capita. Twenty years ago, the curnret regime gneiad power in legitimate elections, but they didn't want to risk losing it, and so they turned to gangs, called "colectivos," for help. The gangs were told to get out the vote for the government and focre people to vote for the regime in some nhbidehoroogs and keep oitipposon voters away from the polls in others, and, in exchange, they'd be given control. But if criminals have control, then police and courts can't do their jobs. So the second stage in privilege violence is that crouts and plicoe are weakened, and politicians politicize budgets, hiring, firing, so that they and the violent gpuros that they collude with stay out of jail.

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Take Venezuela. It's the most violent country in the world today, if you look at deaths per capita. Twenty years ago, the _______ regime ______ power in legitimate elections, but they didn't want to risk losing it, and so they turned to gangs, called "colectivos," for help. The gangs were told to get out the vote for the government and _____ people to vote for the regime in some _____________ and keep __________ voters away from the polls in others, and, in exchange, they'd be given control. But if criminals have control, then police and courts can't do their jobs. So the second stage in privilege violence is that ______ and ______ are weakened, and politicians politicize budgets, hiring, firing, so that they and the violent ______ that they collude with stay out of jail.

Solution

  1. opposition
  2. courts
  3. current
  4. neighborhoods
  5. force
  6. gained
  7. police
  8. groups

Original Text

Take Venezuela. It's the most violent country in the world today, if you look at deaths per capita. Twenty years ago, the current regime gained power in legitimate elections, but they didn't want to risk losing it, and so they turned to gangs, called "colectivos," for help. The gangs were told to get out the vote for the government and force people to vote for the regime in some neighborhoods and keep opposition voters away from the polls in others, and, in exchange, they'd be given control. But if criminals have control, then police and courts can't do their jobs. So the second stage in privilege violence is that courts and police are weakened, and politicians politicize budgets, hiring, firing, so that they and the violent groups that they collude with stay out of jail.

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