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Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 12/29/2010

George Clooney and Google team up to stop Sudanese civil war

By Hayley Tsukayama

George Clooney, Google, the United Nations and the Harvard Human Initiative are among those who have teamed up to start Satellite Sentinel, a project to monitor the country of Sudan via satellite in the hope of preventing civil war.

The oil-rich Southern region of Sudan is slated to vote on a referendum for independence next month and many are concerned that the vote may spark civil unrest and war. The point of Satellite Sentinel, according to a press release from the site, is to "capture possible threats to civilians, observe the movement of displaced people, detect bombed and razed villages, or note other evidence of pending mass violence."

Commercial satellites pick up the images, which are sent to Satellite Sentinel from the UN's Satellite Applications Program. The UN then collaborates with Google and Trellon to design the web platform for the public to easily access the images and reports.

On the analysis side, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative will provide system-wide research to provide context for the satellite imagery, while a non-profit group called The Enough Project contributes field reports, provides policy analysis. Together with Not On Our Watch -- a non-profit started by Clooney and his colleagues Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, David Pressman, and Jerry Weintraub -- the Enough Project will push for policy solutions and raise public awareness.

The site uses Google's familiar mapping interface to pinpoint areas of interest on the map. The project launches today.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 29, 2010; 10:15 AM ET
Categories:  Digital culture, Policy and politics  
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Warlord: Note to self, move all genocide indoors.

Posted by: ADNova | December 29, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Live on cnn.com.. a war.. without correspondents.... not a chance... war without coverage is just gang war fare...

Posted by: robinhood2 | December 29, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Clooney, who has only a high school education, now moves his expertise to Sudan in his quest to make a world utopia where there's no violence, no poverty, and no death... When are these liberal Hollywood shills going to cop a clue that nobody gives a damn what they think or what they say? They insert their liberal politics into every film I can think of - no wonder their ratings are taking a nose dive. Just go back to acting George and shut your mouth-

Posted by: Capitalist-1 | December 29, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Maybe if high school George took the time to study Islamic fundamentalism he just might make some progress in the Sudan which is under assault from radical Islamists who are butchering women and children... but no... we CAN'T even question radical Islam!!!! That group is one of Hollywood's favorite "victims!!" The Palastinians are justified at lobbing rockets into Israeli population centers.. the Islamists in Sudan are justified in butchering and raping innocent civilians... the radical Sheik is justified in building a mosque at Ground Zero.. In George's simplified high school world - Islam is all OK and it's everybody else who has the problem. Clooney is nothing but an idiot shill who happens to be good looking... Maybe we should consult Lady Ga Ga for her expert opinion on this?!

Posted by: Capitalist-1 | December 29, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

i for one appreciate clooneys ratpack efforts, if nothing else it keeps a media spotlight on the situation that would not be there if they were not engaged - media spotlights are always good in these matters - hang in there brother clooney, do your thing

Posted by: arthurflowers | December 29, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Clooney, who has only a high school education, now moves his expertise to Sudan in his quest to make a world utopia where there's no violence, no poverty, and no death... When are these liberal Hollywood shills going to cop a clue that nobody gives a damn what they think or what they say? They insert their liberal politics into every film I can think of - no wonder their ratings are taking a nose dive. Just go back to acting George and shut your mouth-

Posted by: Capitalist-1 | December 29, 2010 12:55 PM
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Exactly........ too bad America's rich white liberal/progressives can't focus on their own poverty-ridden Deep Blue one-party cities.

Maybe Clooney needs to move for West LA to East LA to really see how his hero's and Party, the Dems, are raising the poor........lol

He can move and live in Plantation Anacostia too.....

Posted by: allenridge | December 29, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

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