Actor George Clooney was detained Friday morning during a protest in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.
On Wednesday, Clooney testified before Congress about "a campaign of murder" under way in Sudan, where villagers run for the hills to hide from bombings on a daily basis.
"What you see is a constant drip of fear," Clooney said, a day after returning from a trip in which he and a small team of fellow activists managed to enter one of the most devastated areas, the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan.
"We found children filled with shrapnel, including a 9-year-old boy who had both of his hands blown off," Clooney told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Clooney said the attacks are being orchestrated by Sudan's government, led by President Omar al-Bashir, government official Ahmad Harun and Defense Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein - the same three men, he said, who previously orchestrated long-documented attacks in Darfur.
I sure wish Mr. Clooney would put as much effort in the problems here at home first. But this is better than nothing.
Uhh, so what was he arrested for, exercising his first amendment rights?
Bub, did you even read the article? This wasn't in the US.
Apparently you did not read the article...good christ
Actually Rich and ohemgee, it says in the article that it WAS in the US. Specifically, in Washington. An Embassy is typically in another country than the one it represents.
Actually, it was. It was in front of the Sudanese embassy.
Sorry, Rich, but you're the one who didn't read the article. He was arrested outside the Sudanese embassy, in Washington DC.
Great Job! GEORGE! Keep up! What your doing!
I sure wish Mr. Clooney would put as much effort into his recent movies. But his acting is better than most.
Why do we protect corrupt governments and arrest people that protest against corrupt governments?
When the government actually cares. will be a day to remember! We need more people like this !
I'm not a fan of Clooney but I can respect his diligence to do something other than look pretty on camera and blow ungodly amounts of money on having fun. Even if its for a cause I personally think is not priority over some others these victims still need some assistance and acknowledgement. That is what Clooney is doing for the Sudanese and getting arrested is only going to help him and his cause to assist these people.
We have enough actors in DC
Why does Hollywood feel the need to impose their political opinions on us (whether I agree or not )
Unlike the bloggers here, he is out "doing something" to better the world....If we would all get off of our a....and go out and actually do something about what we believe would make the world a better place, things would start to get better....Way to go George!
I am sure George tried so hard so he can be the only one arrested in the protest. Thank you George we know you really care about us and congratulations! Your deminishing public image is better now.
Sad, cynical nobody doing nothing about anything. You feel better now, Guy?
Sudani Guy eh? I'll tell you one thing if the world really knew what the UN soldiers came back from Darfur with and the truth about what GC was protesting here things might be different. I also find it funny that they keep finding monsters among the people that have emigrated here from there.
What have you done today?
I appreciate his efforts, and for telling the truth about what is going on...But Somehow think that Obama will use this to make him look good...And people realize these are radical muslims that Clooney is talking about...So don't expect the US to go in and stop it...Or help...This is where the government will decrease our Armies and become more efficent...We have never been efficent....The world is getting nuts...wars and rumors of wars, people lovers of themselves....There is a God and judgement will be for everyone...Christians, Muslims, Jews, atheist, and on and on....
How about we just try being good to one another and leave your imaginary friend out of it.
Whoa JT, being good just for the sake of being good, not because you're afraid you'll in hell? What a radical concept!
Yes,........We need to pray for George, his Father, and the others standing up for the Sudanese! Yes, wars, rumors of wars......America! WE MUST WAKE UP, and STAND UP FOR AMERICA, AND HELP OTHERS WHO CANNOT HELP THEMSELVES!!
George Clooney has appealed to President O'bama in the past in his efforts to help stabilize the Sudan and our president has been instrumental in assisting him. This time George Clooney was to see the president again today to ask for assistance in brokering a deal between South Sudan and Khartoum to release crude oil pumped in South Sudan to the refineries in the North so that China, who gets 6% of their oil from the Sudan can stop shopping for oil elsewhere and shorting the supply to the rest of us. South Sudan has stopped the pumping because the North is using oil profits to buy arms from Russia to use against South Sudan. Also South Sudan does not believe they are being fairly compensated for their oil by the North. George wants the president to send a special envoy to help broker a deal.
Also, if George can pull this off he might help the Sudan to avoid a war over arms and oil.
I really don't care what goes on in the Sudan! I care more about what is going on in this country! Africa has always been at war and conflict and nothing will ever change that.
Shame on you
Yeah, why try! It's not like we can do anything about it. I mean, we have problems, too! And ours are the worst. Burger King is cheaper, but Wendy's is so much better! GAH I NEED THE U.N.
and you have just demonstrated exactly what is wrong with most Americans and why the rest of the world (of which you are only 20%) doesn't like you.
I completely agree. My message to the bleeding heart liberals, give China a call, their economy is just fine, i'm sure they can't wait to help Africa, Haiti and whatever backwater joke of a country needs help this week. You cannot change peoples beliefs and mindsets. This is what is wrong with all of those places. Stay out and let them figure out for themselves.
Well MrsC, Why dont you buy yourself an AK47, book yourself a ticket to Sudan and do something about it then. Or you could sit at home and watch youtube videos about it. Pathetic.
Muslims causing more problems. Muslims are the root of evil in the world.
Sudanese are Christians. Sudan does not allow Islam to be practiced any where inside the nation.
Don Pedro, the majority of the Sudanese are Muslims. Regardless of the inherent idiocy in blaming Muslims for every problem in the world, this one actually get the group right. Even if his sentiment is, like I said, idiotic.
Someone has to stand up to this! Thanks George!!
I get a laugh from people who spend their lives and get paid millions pretending to be someone else and think that this gives them some sort of platform or credibility for their political views. Then these one percenters get a pass from the left.
@davey–sounds like a bit of jealousy to me man. Why hate on him? What's keeping you from becoming one of the 1%? Put some effort in and you can be successful too. Don't sit and spew jealous assumptions at people just because they have money. At least he's there. Who cares about his motives? Where are you? Whining in front of a computer screen. Yeah, that's helpful. I'm nowhere near wealthy but I don't blame the wealthy for it. Grow up.
Riiiiight. George Clooney needs to "act" like someone he's not so people will like him.
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