04 January 2011

Clooney's Satellites

This is an excellent interview from ABC of George Clooney and John Prendergast about their decision to spend $750,000 to use satellites to monitor and record the border of Sudan and South Sudan for the next six months.

I argued that celebrities can be most effective by using their status to bring attention to an issue and it seems that is what Clooney is doing. During the interview he points out that have been human rights violations and there is a need for people to know what is going on and governments to act differently. This general appeal is the perfect way to bring forth the issue while allowing those with a greater understanding of the situation/region to provide policy suggestions.

It feels like I am rarely positive here, but I have to commend Clooney. The utility of the satellites is up for debate, but I like what I am hearing. How about you, what do you think of the new Clooney? Also, do you think that the images captured will in fact provide the necessary evidence to cause nations to act differently?

HT UN Dispatch