When Talib Kweli (one of my favorite emcees!) got this beat from a producer, a lot of huge events were taking place in the world. Those events were breaking through the noise, pushing the Kardashians, Jersey Shore, and other who-gives-a-f*ck topics onto the back burner and forcing important issues into the forefront of people’s thinking.
Eventually, the very same things that were distracting Kweli became the inspiration for this song. And it does not disappoint.
Follow the lyrics in the transcript below.
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Has no one entertained the possibility that we might be creating more terrorists than we kill?
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We’ve all heard the phrase “Never negotiate with terrorists,” but is that actually the smartest solution? Whether you’ve never heard of a terrorist before, or you speak to thousands of terrorists every single day, knowing what to say when you get a terrorist face to face doesn’t always come naturally.
At 0:40, Mitchell Reiss discovers why he was given the assignment.
At 2:11, he relates a story about former terrorists speaking to victims.
At 6:59, frustration crops up for negotiators at every turn.
At 9:50, we learn a crazy secret that every government needs to negotiate.
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When military drone operators start telling news outlets that their job is just like playing video games, we should take notice.
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Maybe I’d be more sympathetic to their case if the people who are constantly raising hell about helping Libya would stop blocking any effort to actually help Libya.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Benghazi controversy, Sen. McCain spends until 5:41 laying out his case. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s response really takes off around 6:30.
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It’s easy to be cynical of pop stars when they record songs to support causes. Typically, I am that cynical person. But this time I don’t care, because British pop star Ellie Goulding has recorded a beautiful song to shed light on this critical issue.
If Ellie’s song can get thousan
ds more people to see and understand what’s happening in this country, all the better.
If you are British: You can donate to Save the Children’s Syria efforts now by downloading Ellie Goulding’s “I Know You Care.”
If you are an American: You can donate to Save The Children here.
If you’re in Canada: You can donate to Save the Children here.
If you’re an Aussie: You can donate to Save the Children here.
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When George Takei was only 5, he and his family were imprisoned in an American internment camp. While it might seem that World War II would challenge his faith in America, hear George talk about what he learned from that experience, his parents, and a segregated Japanese-American army battalion.
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Riding motorcycles, chasing ambulances, and dodging death threats? No, it’s not the plot of a new crime thriller — it’s the real story of a fearless few in search of a story few others would try to tell.
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Just like everything in life, perspective is everything. If the American people really want to support the troops, the answer isn’t a ribbon on a car. It’s listening to soldiers like this guy and refusing to tolerate war just because it’s not you and me on the front lines.
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