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Post by melbert on Sat Jan 08 2011, 12:37

So, he'll be staying through to the vote? When he wasn't on Anderson's show last night, I kinda figured they would be staying through Sunday at least. Be safe!

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Post by it's me on Sat Jan 08 2011, 14:03

Dio mio......

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Post by it's me on Sat Jan 08 2011, 14:04

I'm not sure about the date, he said

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Post by melbert on Sat Jan 08 2011, 14:18

He did seem kind of surprised, or confused, when Wolf said the thing about them being interviewed on Friday by Anderson. I just thought it seemed strange that they would be back on Friday when the actual vote is to take place on Sunday. I know, I'm trying to over-analyze. I'll stop now.

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Post by blubelle on Sat Jan 08 2011, 16:15

He's really putting himself out there and yet he will still be called out about being a know nothing movie star trying for lots of PR. What does he have to do to be taken seriously? He is not a diplomat nor does he pretend to be. O.K. rant over.

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Post by sisieq on Sat Jan 08 2011, 21:26

I agree. I think it really shows support for he and John to stay (even if its for a day) for the start of the vote. And, at least the area they are, the people of Sudan may be a little more protected while they vote if G/J are around. Only guessing, but I'm sure they have their own private security.

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Post by it's me on Sun Jan 09 2011, 00:12

I hope
and hope all things could end in the best way

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Post by Merlin on Sun Jan 09 2011, 10:02

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Clooney like 'skunk in the room' for Sudan vote

JUBA, Sudan — Hollywood star George Clooney said on Saturday he felt like the "skunk in the room" for warning of potential violence in Sudan as he watched jubilant southerners prepare to vote on independence.
He also said that despite a couple of potential hitches, voting in the referendum that begins on Sunday would result in the birth of a new nation.
"It's gonna work out and there is gonna be a new country formed. That is a pretty amazing thing," Clooney said in an interview in south Sudan's capital Juba.
The actor and human rights activist arrived in Juba on Thursday in a show of support for the impoverished region still recovering from decades of war, after launching a Google-powered mapping project aimed at preventing abuses in Sudan.
His "Satellite Sentinel Project" is designed to combine satellite imagery and field reports to monitor Sudan's volatile border region during the referendum.
Some 3.9 million southerners have registered to vote in the referendum, which is a key plank of the 2005 peace agreement (CPA) that ended a 22-year north-south civil war in which around two million people were killed.
The accord also stipulated that the disputed Abyei border region should choose simultaneously on whether to remain a part of the north or join a potentially independent south.
But that vote has been postponed indefinitely, with neither side able to agree on who should be eligible to vote.
In Abyei "you have two tribes, the Misseriya and Ngok Dinka, inside fighting... If that sparks and one of these two troops (from the north or south) move in, breaking the CPA agreement, than you got yourself a north-south war," Clooney said.
"So that is why we are sort of the skunk in the room," added the 49-year-old, who has also been involved in raising awareness of the situation in Darfur, Sudan's war-torn western region.
Asked whether he would like to punch or talk to Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, indicted for genocide in Darfur by the International Criminal Court, Clooney said he would bring him to his house and invite some members of the ICC over for dinner.
"Will see how that goes," he said. "I would like him to come out of his protected cocoon."
The actor said people who criticised him for his humanitarian work should just stand aside.
"If they don't like what we are trying to do, then get out of the way, I don't care," he said.
"We try to save some people's lives. If we succeed then good, if we did not we tried. I don't see a downside to that."
Challenged on why so few movies are made about Africa, the Academy Award-winner said it was very difficult to find a good script on such thorny subjects as Darfur.
"Unless you are making a big spectacular 200-million-dollar 3D space film, if you are not into that then every movie is difficult to get made and it requires a good script," he said.
"We get scripts all the time about issues in Darfur, issues in Sudan, but they have to be good scripts so that you can make it.
"I know it sounds like a joke, but they are really hard to find," Clooney added.
Preparations for Sunday's referendum have been praised by visiting diplomats amid pledges by the leaders of north and south Sudan to cooperate.
But the celebrations in the south, which is widely expected to choose independence, were marred by deadly clashes on Saturday between the southern army and renegade militiamen in remote Unity state on the north-south border.



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Post by it's me on Sun Jan 09 2011, 10:21

referendum will be from today to January,15
what about G there? will George be there for the whole week?

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Post by Merlin on Sun Jan 09 2011, 13:09

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Sentinel Project Uses Satellite Images To Monitor, Perhaps Deter, Humanitarian Abuses

American actor George Clooney speaks about south Sudan's secession referendum during an interview with AFP in Juba on the eve of the vote. Clooney, who spearheaded the initiative, has described the satellite cameras as “antigenocide paparazzi.”
January 09, 2011
By Richard Solash
People act differently when they are being watched. It’s a fact that authoritarian regimes have long exploited to suppress dissent. But watchfulness can also work to the good and perhaps even stop atrocities.

That’s the premise behind the Satellite Sentinel Project, a collaboration between Google, the United Nations Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT), the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and celebrity-backed NGOs.

The project’s goal is to help deter any violence related to the January 9 referendum in southern Sudan, when people are voting on whether the region should split from the rest of the nation.

Given the two-decade long civil war it fought against the central government in Khartoum, which only ended in 2005, observers expect the south to vote for independence. Less certain is whether Khartoum will accept the result and allow the birth of the world's newest country.

For the voting, the Sentinel project will use private satellites to track any troop buildup or movement that could be a sign of impending violence. This data, along with the locations of burned villages and other indicators of trouble, will be mapped, allowing a pattern to emerge that could help stop further violence.

'Antigenocide Paparazzi'

Supporters hope that the publicity that has surrounded the initiative will itself be a deterrent by making would-be perpetrators aware that the world is watching via the project’s website.

The American actor George Clooney, who spearheaded the initiative, has described the satellite cameras as “antigenocide paparazzi” that will get in the face of would-be offenders.

Patrick Meier is co-founder of the Crisis Mapping Project at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, whose team is now crunching satellite data from Sudan.

"Satellite imagery before Google Earth had an almost exclusive, military connotation," Meier says. "Now it's demystified. I think what we're seeing then is going from this kind of state-centric, proprietary, extremely expensive technology that then is classified and only limited to a few individuals to a more open-source, open-data, very public, nonstate approach to employing and leveraging these technologies, in a way, for some of the same ends -- to really monitor and do surveying and [derive] in some form or another some accountability."

A satellite image covering Tamarsheni in South Ossetia taken on August 19, 2008. Damage is apparent, as the image shows that the roofs of buildings have collapsed, exposing interior walls. © 2008 ImageSat/analysis by AAAS.

Governments have used satellite imaging for decades to spy on other countries, but the first high resolution satellite for commercial purposes was only launched in 1999. Their images offer less detail than aerial photos, but as they soar through space recording what they see miles below, no one on the ground is the wiser.

Only within the last few years have enough of the satellites become operational to enable active, public monitoring of live crises. Six of the satellites currently hover above Earth, owned by private satellite imaging companies DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, and ImageSat International. UNOSAT, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and others analyze the images and make them available to NGOs and the public.

Geographical Scope Of Violence

Amnesty International has been at the forefront of using satellites images in its monitoring activities, including in the 2008 Russia-Georgia war. The group says satellite imagery confirmed reports from the ground that more than 100 civilian homes were shelled by Georgian forces in the initial bombardment of Tskhinvali, capital of the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia.

Satellite images can also, importantly, corroborate data obtained by other methods.

"What they're doing does add more tension, does add more data, more evidence on a situation that I think, all things considered, is a very good thing," Meier says. "I think the idea here is to look at this as an ecosystem and the Sentinel Project, for example, as one node in this ecosystem, complementing other efforts to try to hold actors accountable."

Satellite images of southern Kyrgyzstan after last June’s ethnic clashes were used to measure the geographical scope of violence. They identified populations at risk and in a number of cases spotted “SOS” signs on roads and in fields.

Lars Bromley, a satellite imagery analyst for the UN’s Satellite Applications Program, says the satellite images of Kyrgyzstan provided a bigger picture of the situation than even reporters on the scene could.

"[Kyrgyzstan] was a case where you had media on the ground providing some information, but the question of the scale of the violence that was going on was relatively unknown," Bromley says. "And that's where the imagery becomes quite helpful, when you can see it's not just the one neighborhood that a reporter is doing a report from, but it's multiple neighborhoods across a city."

The idea of being able to prevent genocide or large attacks by spotting evidence of the gathering storm before it happens is exciting stuff but also “incredibly ambitious,” says Meier. That’s because satellites can’t provide a live stream of what they’re seeing; images will take between eight and 24 hours to process -- enough time to launch a major attack or raze several villages.

Technical constraints could also make it hard to determine the sequence and causality of events in low-level skirmishes. And if would-be perpetrators of violence are unaware they're being monitored, the deterrent effect is canceled out.

'No One Wants To Believe The Worst'

Satellite imaging might be unable to stop violence before it happens, but it could be effective in containing it -- especially in areas that are largely inaccessible.

"In remote areas, what you often see happening is that nobody wants to believe the worst," Bromley says. "So if there are reports of violence in a remote area, everyone wants to wait until they have definite verification before they act on that information. And that's where the imagery can come in and provide that verification, before, say, a small conflict becomes a much larger conflict."

Amnesty International’s “Eyes On Darfur” initiative, launched in 2007 in another conflict-riven part of Sudan, is generally credited for breaking ground on that use of the technology. The NGO says images from the project were successful in helping to deter further human rights violations.

The Satellite Sentinel Project is hoping for similar success in southern Sudan.

But if violence does indeed occur and satellites document it, the story is still far from over.

Meier says the next step will be using satellite imagery as evidence in proceedings at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. It’s an idea still in its infancy, but one that human rights activists can be hopeful about.

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Post by Lighterside on Sun Jan 09 2011, 14:47

The actor said people who criticised him for his humanitarian work should just stand aside.
"If they don't like what we are trying to do, then get out of the way, I don't care," he said.
"We try to save some people's lives. If we succeed then good, if we did not we tried. I don't see a downside to that."

That right George...just tell the critics to either be part of the solution or STFU! Keep it plain and simple, in language they can understand. The people in that region who are being helped aren't questioning WHY; they're just happy you're there TO HELP...that's what's important. Ignore the small minded, little people who throw stones at everyone when they try to do something good because it just can't be authentic concern, it must be because you're diddling that skank and want some good PR. Rolling Eyes

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Post by it's me on Sun Jan 09 2011, 15:38

hey!
is already the Shit hits the fan time?


STFU means?

(only st
bec fu I guess I know.... Wink )

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Post by melbert on Sun Jan 09 2011, 17:06

Thanks Merlin!

@It's Me - STFU means "shut the f*c* up"

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Post by it's me on Sun Jan 09 2011, 19:34

oh, thanks Cool
really useful cyclops

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Post by melbert on Sun Jan 09 2011, 20:26

pretty much sums it up without actually saying the "word"!!

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Post by Atalante on Sun Jan 09 2011, 21:26

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Post by Tigerina on Sun Jan 16 2011, 14:03

George shouldn't give the critics a second thought. When he responds to them he lowers himself to their level. He should stay focused on his good deed and not worry about what anyone says or thinks. Unless it is constructive input on how they could improve their efforts it is useless banter from those who have heavy heart.

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