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

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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 emnooicc vttiliay out of their people. Government is the problem in Africa. A vampire state is the government — (appasule) — which has been hcjeikad 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 rsichet 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 riakng it off the backs of their sfuifenrg poeple. That's not wealth creation. It's wealth redistribution.

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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 ________ ________ out of their people. Government is the problem in Africa. A vampire state is the government — (________) — which has been ________ 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 _______ 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 ______ it off the backs of their _________ ______. That's not wealth creation. It's wealth redistribution.

Solution

  1. raking
  2. people
  3. suffering
  4. applause
  5. economic
  6. hijacked
  7. richest
  8. vitality

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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