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"From the Ted Talk by George Ayittey: Africa's cheetahs versus hippos"

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What you and I uantnesdrd as a government doesn't exist in many African countries. In fact, what we call our gtnnmoevres are vpamrie states. Vampires because they suck the economic vitality out of their people. Government is the pelbrom in Africa. A vampire state is the gmoenvrnet — (Applause) — which has been hijacked by a phalanx of bandits and crooks who use the instruments of state poewr to enrich themselves, their cronies, and tribesmen and exclude everybody else. The richest people in Africa are heads-of-state and ministers, and quite often the ceihf bandit is the head-of-state himself. Where do they get their money? By creating wtelah? No. By raking it off the backs of their suffering people. That's not wealth creation. It's wealth redistribution.

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What you and I __________ as a government doesn't exist in many African countries. In fact, what we call our ___________ are _______ states. Vampires because they suck the economic vitality out of their people. Government is the _______ in Africa. A vampire state is the __________ — (Applause) — which has been hijacked by a phalanx of bandits and crooks who use the instruments of state _____ to enrich themselves, their cronies, and tribesmen and exclude everybody else. The richest people in Africa are heads-of-state and ministers, and quite often the _____ bandit is the head-of-state himself. Where do they get their money? By creating ______? No. By raking it off the backs of their suffering people. That's not wealth creation. It's wealth redistribution.

Solution

  1. government
  2. chief
  3. problem
  4. vampire
  5. wealth
  6. understand
  7. power
  8. governments

Original Text

What you and I understand as a government doesn't exist in many African countries. In fact, what we call our governments are vampire states. Vampires because they suck the economic vitality out of their people. Government is the problem in Africa. A vampire state is the government — (Applause) — which has been hijacked by a phalanx of bandits and crooks who use the instruments of state power to enrich themselves, their cronies, and tribesmen and exclude everybody else. The richest people in Africa are heads-of-state and ministers, and quite often the chief bandit is the head-of-state himself. Where do they get their money? By creating wealth? No. By raking it off the backs of their suffering people. That's not wealth creation. It's wealth redistribution.

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collocation frequency
traditional sectors 6
modern sector 5
african people 4
cheetah generation 3
informal sector 3
traditional sector 3
mobilize africans 3
traditional medicine 3

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