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Post by Catie on Wed Jul 31 2013, 16:07

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George Clooney is spending a recent handsome paycheck on an endeavor that might surprise those who know more about Clooney's love life than his espionage activities.The "Gravity" actor told the Guardian that he's spending "most" of the cash he earns from appearing in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] for Nespresso on a spy satellite aimed at Sudan. Allow Clooney to explain:Most of the money I make on the [Nespresso] commercials I spend keeping a satellite over the border of North and South Sudan to keep an eye on Omar al-Bashir [the Sudanese dictator charged with war crimes at The Hague]. Then he puts out a statement saying that I'm spying on him and how would I like it if a camera was following me everywhere I went and I go 'well welcome to my life Mr War Criminal'. I want the war criminal to have the same amount of attention that I get. I think that's fair.al-Bashir was recently reported to have fled Nigeria in an attempt to avoid being arrested on war crimes and human rights violations. Human rights leaders accuse the Sudanese president of committing gruesome atrocities in the Darfur region of the country.Clooney's humorous take on the situation shouldn't be mistaken for glibness on the actor's part. The Satellite Sentinel Project, Clooney's spy program, tracks the movements of Sudan's brutal army and attempts to warn civilians in advance of attacks. The 52-year-old was also arrested last March in a protest at the Sudanese embassy in Washington D.C. At the time, Clooney told The Huffington Post that the goal "is the same goal it's been all along and will continue to be and not be accomplished today or anytime in the near future, but it's a job that we have to continually do which is raise attention."Lending his celebrity to protest "the idea of a government attacking and killing its own innocent men, women and children" was Clooney's primary motivation, who said "the most important thing" is "allowing aid to get in now because in the next few months it could be the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world."Nespresso is working to source its coffee beans from South Sudan, a region the Guardian reports was a big coffee exporter 40 years ago. More on Clooney and coffee is available over at the Guardian.

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Re: George Clooney Spends Nespresso Paycheck On Spy Satellite To Keep Tabs On Omar Al-Bashir

Post by fluffy on Wed Jul 31 2013, 16:28

Thanks Catie for this find.. good for him! Let's hope he makes enough to keep all his projects going!

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Re: George Clooney Spends Nespresso Paycheck On Spy Satellite To Keep Tabs On Omar Al-Bashir

Post by Catie on Wed Jul 31 2013, 16:33

fluffy wrote:Thanks Catie for this find.. good for him! Let's hope he makes enough to keep all his projects going!

I agree on keeping the projects going.  Smile

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Re: George Clooney Spends Nespresso Paycheck On Spy Satellite To Keep Tabs On Omar Al-Bashir

Post by it's me on Wed Jul 31 2013, 17:10

The link is

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Does he say

it could be the greatest humanitarian crisis in the next future

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Re: George Clooney Spends Nespresso Paycheck On Spy Satellite To Keep Tabs On Omar Al-Bashir

Post by party animal - not! on Thu Aug 01 2013, 02:08

Just found the new (to me) piece from yesterday's Guardian (UK) in the Environment section (blog) and the journalist was at the Paris Nespresso conference, and it seems that His Nibs introduced the family of 'green' farmers he'd met in Costa Rica three years earier....

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Re: George Clooney Spends Nespresso Paycheck On Spy Satellite To Keep Tabs On Omar Al-Bashir

Post by silly girl on Thu Aug 01 2013, 02:13

I remember photos of when he went there. I think it is good he doing something positive.

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Re: George Clooney Spends Nespresso Paycheck On Spy Satellite To Keep Tabs On Omar Al-Bashir

Post by Juliette Hardy on Thu Aug 01 2013, 12:36

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The story is receiving news coverage.
CNN had this report on Clooney buying a satellite from his Nespresso advertisment proceeds,  to monitor crimes against humanity in Sudan.

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Re: George Clooney Spends Nespresso Paycheck On Spy Satellite To Keep Tabs On Omar Al-Bashir

Post by Pari on Thu Aug 01 2013, 12:50

I don't know why I still believe that George can do so much better for Sudan (direct as a Diplomat) outside of this "satellite monitoring" pathway that he has chosen...

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Post by it's me on Thu Aug 01 2013, 14:04

Please
He need to do what he can in a safe way

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Re: George Clooney Spends Nespresso Paycheck On Spy Satellite To Keep Tabs On Omar Al-Bashir

Post by mosaic on Thu Aug 01 2013, 16:56

pari wrote: I don't know why I still believe that George can do so much better for Sudan (direct as a Diplomat) outside of this "satellite monitoring" pathway that he has chosen...

It appears to be a very difficult situation. I think George's idea is to highlight what is going on so the world can see how bad things are, and to document the war crimes so that Bashir will be held accountable.

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Re: George Clooney Spends Nespresso Paycheck On Spy Satellite To Keep Tabs On Omar Al-Bashir

Post by Juliette Hardy on Thu Aug 01 2013, 17:15

Exactly, mosaic.
George (& Nick)  brought it to the world's attention.  
His celebrity status helped to generate the media exposure he sought.


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Re: George Clooney Spends Nespresso Paycheck On Spy Satellite To Keep Tabs On Omar Al-Bashir

Post by Mazy on Thu Aug 01 2013, 17:21

mosaic wrote:
pari wrote:  I don't know why I still believe that George can do so much better for Sudan (direct as a Diplomat) outside of this "satellite monitoring" pathway that he has chosen...

It appears to be a very difficult situation.  I think George's idea is to highlight what is going on so the world can see how bad things are, and to document the war crimes so that Bashir will be held accountable.

You are right Mosaic, I have heard George say in interviews his main objective is to keep Darfur in front of the ones that make the decisions in these matters. The Satellite is now being used for obtaining evidence and a warning system. I have read other reports where it seems like are also using their reports. I don't know more than that.

However there in isn't too much a single individual can do on there own. We know that George works in conjunction with John Prendergast as well as many others. There is a whole network of Activist working on all this. We only hear about what is being done with things like Nespresso. This is also not his only cause all though it might seem like it. I have a feeling that the UN has been taking enough heat that they are starting to act stronger, just posted that. I have "hopefully" a feeling that more is going to get done.

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Re: George Clooney Spends Nespresso Paycheck On Spy Satellite To Keep Tabs On Omar Al-Bashir

Post by Pari on Thu Aug 01 2013, 18:58

Thank you dear people for explaining... and yes, I am aware of the reasons also Smile However, taking into account the resources/investments etc thus far, I wonder if George needs to think "out of the satellite box" to see how the goals can be influenced/achieved... Just me thinking out loud here... Smile

Oftentimes, I have also mulled if the satellite really is "safe" for George? Smile

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Post by it's me on Thu Aug 01 2013, 19:50

I hope the whole thing is safe for him

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Post by Nicky80 on Thu Aug 01 2013, 19:54

I'm sure he is looking for other options and goals to archieve Pari. But it is not so easy as this subject is not easy. People like to avoid it. And i think it is better to put your full energie on 1 thing like the satelite than 100 different things and nothing will be done at all.
 
I think he is doing already a lot for the Sudan. We can not expect him to do more if he does anyway more than us so who are we to tell him to do more or something different. We should get started first before we tell somebody else what he should do only than I guess we realise how difficult it is .... Just a thought   Very Happy

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Re: George Clooney Spends Nespresso Paycheck On Spy Satellite To Keep Tabs On Omar Al-Bashir

Post by Mazy on Thu Aug 01 2013, 21:52

Pari wrote:Thank you dear people for explaining... and yes, I am aware of the reasons also Smile However, taking into account the resources/investments etc thus far, I wonder if George needs to think "out of the satellite box" to see how the goals can be influenced/achieved... Just me thinking out loud here... Smile

Oftentimes, I have also mulled if the satellite really is "safe" for George? Smile

Trust me we all tend to worry if this is safe for him.
I do understand how you are thinking sometimes well maybe they should do this or that; but I realize that I don't know what else is going on that we don't hear about. I have been on twitter everyday for more that a year now tweeting about the Darfur situation which means I read a lot of articles and believe me I know very little about the workings of the politics of the Sudan. It is a very complex problem. Just the fact that you are trying to think of something that would help; is a lot more than most people.

Had some in-laws visiting last week and my daughter asked them "did she start talking about Darfur or George Clooney yet?" Naturally I had and being in the military they were quite knowledgeable about Darfur to my daughter's dismay. Keep thinking about it and caring.

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Re: George Clooney Spends Nespresso Paycheck On Spy Satellite To Keep Tabs On Omar Al-Bashir

Post by What Would He Say on Fri Aug 02 2013, 01:34

You stand up in anyones way, you are not safe. No matter who, no matter where.
But you have to stand up......x

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George Clooney Spends His Nespresso Paycheck on a Satellite…Find Out Why!

Post by Mazy on Fri Aug 02 2013, 02:51

George Clooney Spends His Nespresso Paycheck on a Satellite…Find Out Why!
By Taryn Ryder | omg! – Wed, Jul 31, 2013 2:45 PM EDT

George Clooney heads to Nespresso for a meeting in Paris (Splash News)
Jennifer Aniston, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Connery, Meg Ryan, Dennis Hopper, George Clooney — and of course, John Travolta with this recent gem — these are just a few A-List celebrities who have pocketed big dollars starring in foreign commercials.

Sudan's leader Omar al-Bashir (Getty Images)“I’m trying to make movies in my life … that last longer than opening weekend," Clooney toldNewsweek in 2012, explaining why he does these ads. "That’s it, that’s my whole goal. I don’t have to make money; I do films for scale and then, you know, I go do coffee commercials overseas, and I make a lot of money so I get to live in a nice house. … And I don’t give a sh-t. And people will go, ‘Oh that’s a sellout.’ And you know what? F--k you.”

While Stacy Keibler's ex may have made light of being called a "sellout," he's putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to spending what he earns. Many stars pocket their ridiculously large paychecks, but George — who appears in commercials for Nespresso — said he's spending the cash on a satellite aimed at Sudan.

"Most of the money I make on the [Nespresso] commercials I spend keeping a satellite over the border of North and South Sudan to keep an eye on Omar al-Bashir [the Sudanese dictator charged with war crimes at The Hague]," the Oscar winner said in Paris on Tuesday. "Then [Omar al-Bashir] puts out a statement saying that I'm spying on him and how would I like it if a camera was following me everywhere I went and I go 'Well, welcome to my life Mr. War Criminal.' I want the war criminal to have the same amount of attention that I get. I think that's fair."

George Clooney getting arrested in front of Sudanese Embassy in Washington DC (Getty Images)But don't let the Clooney's humor and charm take away from what he's really doing.

The Satellite Sentinel Project, Clooney's spy program, aims to use advanced satellite imagery to monitor potential human rights abuses in Sudan. The SSP tracks movements of Omar al-Bashir's army and attempts to warn civilians in advance of attacks.

Clooney's passion for Sudanese satellites is hardly random.
In March 2012, he and his father Nick Clooneywere arrested during a protest outside of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington DC.

The protesters accused Omar al-Bashir of provoking a humanitarian crisis and blocking food and aid from entering the Nuba Mountains in the county's border region with South Sudan.

Clooney told The Associated Press that through his actions he hoped to draw attention to the crisis in Sudan.
After all, actions speak louder than words and the "Gravity" star is certainly doing both.

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Re: George Clooney Spends Nespresso Paycheck On Spy Satellite To Keep Tabs On Omar Al-Bashir

Post by Katiedot on Fri Aug 02 2013, 05:27

Here's the original Guardian article which I'm sure I've seen on this forum but can't find now:

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George Clooney tastes sustainability in Nespresso coffee
Hollywood star talks about ads, activism and why he's spying on Sudan's Omar al-Bashir

George Clooney is the face of Nespresso, the Nestle capsule coffee company, and makes no bones about it. "I'm very comfortable with commercials. I've done them most of my life," he said on Tuesday in Paris, as he provided star power to the newly unveiled Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board (NSAB). "But I would find myself at a press conference, or perhaps at a film festival and suddenly there'd be some people challenging me about Nespresso's sustainability. I thought if I was going to be involved on a long-term basis with this company, and I like them very much, I should find out what they're doing and what they should and could be held responsible for." Three years ago Clooney headed out with Nespresso to Costa Rica to see the company's coffee farmers for himself.

If you're not familiar with the Nespresso brand, there are usually two main sustainability beefs. A small tray was dropped off at my hotel room ahead of the unveiling of the NSAB, reminding me of the first. The tray held four shimmering jewels, sealed aluminium pods of espresso magic that pop into a machine. Each is a single use canister and an estimated 186m are used in the UK each year alone. Nespresso says that it has collection points (and will pick up) for empties in the UK and Ireland and that they can be successfully recycled in Crewe.

The second major point of contention is that Nespresso is owned by Nestle, and its baby milk scandal has still not been forgotten by campaigners. Nestle is also a mammoth buyer of commodities, and thus not perceived as distributing social value along its supply chain in the same way as, say, Fairtrade.

Clooney's Nespresso ads poke fun at himself by being turned down by a series of beautiful women who are more interested in the coffee machine and its bejewelled single-use pods than him. The knowing ads riff off his public persona: uber suave and a little bit smug.

But there are critical differences between advert Clooney and NSAB Clooney – the former doesn't talk about farming, whereas the latter said:

I'm the grandson of tobacco farmers and I grew up on a farm and I really felt that when I went to Costa Rica. I spent time with one amazing family who have changed everything, made it more efficient made it better. They were so proud! Pig crap powers their entire home!

The family, it turns out, are in the room (they stand up bashfully for a round of applause). They are one family of 56,000 coffee farmers who are part of Nespresso's environmental and quality assurance system that means they can attract around 30-40% above market price. On Tuesday, Nespresso announced it'd be extending this scheme into Africa, and said it expects to double the amount of coffee sourced from Ethiopia and Kenya to 10,000 tons by 2020.

But the big story here is Sudan. Were Clooney not in attendance I'd probably have been reporting on the fact that Nespresso is planning on leveraging South Sudan as a high quality coffee producer (as it was 40 years ago). Clooney said:

"Yesterday we got to drink coffee of South Sudan, and this is the only export to have come out of South Sudan besides oil since the war. The problem with oil being of course that a company takes the oil from beneath the feet of the people living there via a pipeline, back of a truck and a dock in Khartoum. Oftentimes the government gets a small proportion and it doesn't seem to trickle down.

But if Clooney wasn't there, then arguably there wouldn't be a drive to source coffee from Sudan. The country is an all-consuming passion for the actor, who was arrested at the Sudanese embassy in Washington last year:

"Most of the money I make on the [Nespresso] commercials I spend keeping a satellite over the border of North and South Sudan to keep an eye on Omar al-Bashir [the Sudanese dictator charged with war crimes at The Hague]. Then he puts out a statement saying that I'm spying on him and how would I like it if a camera was following me everywhere I went and I go 'well welcome to my life Mr War Criminal'. I want the war criminal to have the same amount of attention that I get. I think that's fair."

On his own green credentials, Clooney is coy. He likes electric cars, he thinks the issues are important, "but I've been in a private jet [I imagine more than once] and once you do that you pretty much undo any good" but he certainly gets it. He also has a noticeably good rapport with Harriet Lamb, CEO of Fairtrade International, a fellow NSAB panellist.

She said farmers associations welcomed Nespresso's initiatives and big companies could play an important role:

'You need dedicated pioneer brands but you also need the big boys who can drive the whole sector. We're all at the start of creating the sort of change we want to see. There's a strong message here [with Nespresso's suite of sustainability measures]. One of the problems is the pace of return that shareholders are demanding and this drives them to make snap decisions on important factors for profit. When the public comes in, it gives companies the time to make that long-term change. It takes time to plant coffee, it takes time for farmer organisations to build and to protect the environment.'

Nestle is also planning to source Fairtrade-certified coffee from an additional 7,000 small scale farmers in Colombia. It may be – nobody from Fairtrade International would be drawn – that Nespresso is asked or persuaded to contribute to a Fairtrade fund at some point in the way that Starbucks has contributed EURO1 million to the Fairtrade Access Fund, a provider of midscale loans. It seem likely that eventually there will be a Fairtrade-branded Nespresso product. That might be the moment NSAB Clooney finally gets his day in one of those commercials.

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Post by Mazy on Fri Aug 02 2013, 06:18

Katie the rest of Nespresso got put in
George Clooney News the name of the tread is
George Clooney on Fair Trade board for Nespresso

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Post by watching on Sat Sep 14 2013, 07:50

George reportedly makes close to $40 MILLION for this Nespresso contract. Sweet damn. That and the half million he gets for the occasional speaking events that he does ever other year means the funds will be around for a long time to cover the cost of the satellites. From the Hollywood Reporter:

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It is estimated that George Clooney's deal with Nespresso (for which he appears in ads everywhere but the U.S.) has earned him close to $40 million.

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Post by Nicky80 on Sat Sep 14 2013, 10:20

WOW that's a number "$40 million "

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Post by party animal - not! on Sat Sep 14 2013, 11:18

So that's not $40 million a year, that's their overall guesstimate over the time of his contract.

And I think Our Hero's quoted as saying that Satellite Sentinel is roughly a million a month to maintain............keep drinking the coffee

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Post by Mazy on Sat Sep 14 2013, 14:17

party animal - not! wrote:So that's not $40 million a year, that's their overall guesstimate over the time of his contract.

And I think Our Hero's quoted as saying that Satellite Sentinel is roughly a million a month to maintain............keep drinking the coffee
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