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Cheadle and Clooney receive Nobel Peace award

GeorgeClooney.jpgDon Cheadle and George Clooney received an award from the Nobel Peace Laureates for their work to try and raise the profile of the atrocities in Darfur, and their attempts at aid to the area.

Neither of them appear to have talked about the film industry, and quite rightly so. I have to feel a great deal of respect for both actors, Clooney in particularly for the way he's turned around his career.

He's now making great films, and at the same time he's really pushing the boundaries of what celebrities can do, and Don Cheadle and Brad Pitt are right there with him.

The story from Reuters tells us that an estimated two hundred thousand people have been killed in Darfur since the current wars began in 2003, with over two and a half million who have had to move.

The U.N. Are typically shambolic and undermined by the member states promising much and delivering little or nothing.

At the press conference for their award acceptance, George Clooney said:

"Don and I... stand here before you as failures," he told the Nobel laureates attending the award ceremony, including former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and the Dalai Lama.

The simple truth is that when it comes to the atrocities in Darfur those people are not better off now than they were years ago. The murders continue, the rapes continue and some two and a half million refugees are yet to go home...

...A young woman was threatened with forty lashes and six months in jail and it was in the front page of every newspaper for a week in England and America.

I would suggest that every single human being living in Darfur right now would happily take forty lashes and six months in jail over the treatment that they're getting.

You hope that that kind of coverage would be handed out to everyone, not just one woman who happens to be white and from a Western country."

Well said George.

Whatever you think of the films that these three men have produced in whatever context, you have to give them credit and respect for the work they are trying to do, and if you can do that then perhaps you can give their projects a notice too.



I am looking at Clooney in a much different light recently, and not just because of his efforts re: raising awareness in Darfur but because of the way he has charted his path as an actor and a director. Now, I am also taking him seriously not just his efforts as an actor but also as a fellow human being.

Well done on you both George and Don.


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