George Clooney

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0 The marginal impact of celebrity on humanitarian campaigns

Celebrities are often used as eye candy for charity campaigns and giant advocacy efforts. Remarks from actress Angelina Jolie are released alongside comments from the UN on the number of Syrian refugees surpassing the 2 million mark this week. Mia Farrow vocally campaigned against China in the run up to…

World Politics
2 Two views on George Clooney, statesman

Newsweek recently published a profile of actor George Clooney’s work in the Sudan, where he and others assisted in providing oversight of the referendum vote for independence in the south. Said Newsweek: Clooney has been leveraging his celebrity to get people to care about something more important than celebrity. South…

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1 Nick Kristof and George Clooney on malaria

The New York Times’ Nick Kristof is taking questions from readers on malaria with actor George Clooney while simultaneously criticizing the media for being too celebrity-focused. Says Kristof: We in the news media aren’t always very good at covering issues of global disease like malaria, which kills about 850,000 people…

World Politics
2 Sudan, secession, George Clooney and satellites

Starting next Sunday, citizens living in the southern half of Africa’s biggest country, Sudan, are expected to vote to split into two countries. The BBC gives a good overview of what has prompted and preceded this vote, and what’s at stake. I’m usually not a big fan of celebrities inserting…