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Posted at 2:20 PM ET, 10/12/2010

George Clooney, making the rounds in D.C. to raise awareness about Sudan conflict

By Jen Chaney

If anyone in Washington, D.C. is feeling a disruption in the celebrity force, they could be sensing the presence of George Clooney.

The Oscar winner is in town today to continue his attempts to raise concerns about a possible political division in the Sudan that he and others believe may lead to more civil war in the troubled nation. In advance of a closely watched January vote on a referendum that could divide north and south Sudan, he is reportedly meeting with Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) as well as President Obama; he'll also make a presentation this evening at the Council on Foreign Relations, where Celebritology will be on the scene.

Clooney appeared on this morning's "Today" show to bring more attention to the issue. Whenever this guy speaks out on a subject, people listen. And clearly he knows that, which is why he often uses his fame to raise awareness. The question is whether Americans will feel engaged enough to get involved on some level, especially at a time when many may be so focused on their shaky economic situations that they can't be bothered with international affairs.

Does Clooney's involvement make you want to learn more about the crisis, remind you to pay closer attention to it or have no impact? Post a comment and let us know.

By Jen Chaney  | October 12, 2010; 2:20 PM ET
Categories:  Celebrities  | Tags:  George Clooney  
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Comments

Good for Clooney! Who else is out there to raise an awareness to this train wreck waiting to happen?

I hope the politicians listen to him, and do something to prevent in Clooney's words, "An earthquake we can prevent."

Posted by: spacreek | October 12, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

As a democrat forget Clooney. I want to know where Snoop Dog and Lady Gaga stands on the issues!

Posted by: IamWright | October 12, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

First of all: ZOMG CLOONEY AWESOMESAUCE.

Okay, now that that's out of my system: It's really interesting to watch what he and other celebrities are doing with organizations like Not On Our Watch. It does make me wonder where the dividing line between publicity and public policy is falling these days (although this isn't new; maybe that's a question I should have asked, say, Ronald Reagan?). I'd also like to hear more about how your standard layman can assist in causes like these; the threat of civil war in the Sudan isn't something you can fix with a pledge drive, and while I'm glad they seem to be honest about that fact, it also must be difficult to maintain public interest in a distant conflict that's not easily translatable to US life (the way, say, cancer research or animal welfare causes are).

Anyhow. Good on Mr. Clooney for taking on something complex. I know I've been thinking about the Sudan much more than I would otherwise because of the work he's been doing.

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Posted by: jeje1100 | October 12, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what Clooney says? Really. Well, none other than the Council of Foreign Relations...? What is happening!

Posted by: djphilbin | October 12, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what Clooney says? Really. Well, none other than the Council of Foreign Relations...? What is happening!

Posted by: djphilbin | October 12, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

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