Posted by: bklunk | December 12, 2006

I Told You to Watch That Clooney Fellow

Newsvine – George Clooney Campaigns in Egypt, China

I guess being People Magazine’s Sexiest Man in the World just wasn’t enough for Clooney.

George Clooney arrived in Egypt on Tuesday, campaigning to raise
awareness about killings in Sudan’s Darfur region. The Oscar-winning
actor was joined by fellow actor Don Cheadle and two former Olympians.
He came to Egypt from China, where he has been since Friday, his
publicist Stan Rosenfield said.

Clooney organized the trip to make a personal plea to Chinese and
Egyptian officials to use their ties with the Sudanese government to
help stop the violence, Rosenfield said.
Clooney, a liberal Democrat, is well known for his activism and has
been urging Congress and the United Nations to help end atrocities in
Darfur.In September, Clooney and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie
Wiesel met with U.N. Security Council members to urge them to act on
Darfur. The actor and his father, Nick Clooney, visited the Sudanese
region in April.

The Darfur conflict began in early 2003 when
rebels of ethnic African tribes took up arms against the Arab-dominated
government, complaining of discrimination and mistreatment. The
government is accused of responding with a brutal counterinsurgency led
by Arab militias.

Among those traveling with Clooney were Kenyan
Olympian Tegla Loroupe, who serves as a U.N. ambassador of sport;
American speed skater and Olympic gold medal winner Joey Cheek;
Cheadle, one of Clooney’s “Ocean’s 11” co-stars and an Academy Award
nominee for “Hotel Rwanda”; and David Pressman, a human rights lawyer
and former aide to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Clooney was to return to the United States on Thursday.

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  1. Ironically enough, it is a bit exciting and re-assuring to know that celebrities do have common cares just like the rest of us. Clooney, being the paramount superstar that he is, will be able to bring much more attention to the crisis in Darfur. Although Clooney is only one man that does not seem to carry a vast amount of power, he should realize that he will be able to save hundreds, perhaps thousands, of lives. The situation in Darfur has been compared with Rwanada, and although there are much more similarities, the greatest difference between the two lies in the attempts of the media and celebrities to bring the issue to the world view. Furthermore, I highly believe that from his actions, Clooney will be able to spark a reaction that will cause other major figures to realize the role that that they will be able to play in such a crisis. Also, with all the media and celebrity attention, the situation in Darfur will be brought about in front of the world view. For example, a few weeks ago, the popular teenage dram The OC featured remarks ragarding the crisis as young Caitlin Cooper participated in a clothes drive for the refugees. Overall, as slow as the world may be to react to such an incident, having a celebrity in order to spark the revolution that would get everyone moving is never a bad idea. Good for you, George!

  2. Well, at least George Clooney isn’t letting his liberal political views get in the way of doing something meaningful (or at least something that looks selfless and worthwhile)! If he really is trying to help, out of the goodness of his heart, then I applaud him.
    Darfur does deserve more media attention, because it certainly is not being talked about enough. I’ve heard just about all i can handle of the Natalie Holloway “mystery” and I would greatly appreciate more information about what is really going on in the Sudan! The human rights atrocities have been out of control in that area for quite a while, but it sure doesn’t seem like much is being done about it.
    The Sudan has been one of the worst countries for Christian persecution for many years, but almost no one knows that! Christians are mercilessly tortured and killed for their faith everyday by the Sudanese government. I have great sympathy for the people of Darfur and their current struggle, but this type of chaos is not really new.
    People should be made aware of the situation and be given opportunities to help, and I am glad that G. Clooney is making an effort. Change can begin with one person (especially one who has a lot of money and a lot of fame), so good luck to George in his endeavors to help Darfur.


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