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From the Ted Talk by Dalia Mogahed: The attitudes that sparked Arab Spring

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I was meeting with a gurop of newly-elected pmraetnniaiaarls from Egypt and tinsiua a couple of weeks ago. And what really struck me about them was that they weren't only optimistic, but they kind of struck me as nervous, for lack of a better word. One said to me, "Our people used to gather in cafes to watch football" — or soccer, as we say in America — "and now they gatehr to wcath Parliament." (Laughter) "They're really watching us, and we can't help but worry that we're not going to live up to their expectations." And what really struck me is that less than 24 months ago, it was the people that were nervous about being watched by their government.

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I was meeting with a _____ of newly-elected ________________ from Egypt and _______ a couple of weeks ago. And what really struck me about them was that they weren't only optimistic, but they kind of struck me as nervous, for lack of a better word. One said to me, "Our people used to gather in cafes to watch football" — or soccer, as we say in America — "and now they ______ to _____ Parliament." (Laughter) "They're really watching us, and we can't help but worry that we're not going to live up to their expectations." And what really struck me is that less than 24 months ago, it was the people that were nervous about being watched by their government.

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  1. gather
  2. tunisia
  3. parliamentarians
  4. group
  5. watch

Original Text

I was meeting with a group of newly-elected parliamentarians from Egypt and Tunisia a couple of weeks ago. And what really struck me about them was that they weren't only optimistic, but they kind of struck me as nervous, for lack of a better word. One said to me, "Our people used to gather in cafes to watch football" — or soccer, as we say in America — "and now they gather to watch Parliament." (Laughter) "They're really watching us, and we can't help but worry that we're not going to live up to their expectations." And what really struck me is that less than 24 months ago, it was the people that were nervous about being watched by their government.

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