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Sudan Watch: Clooney Gets the World to Watch Sudan

Clooney's new website is a satellite monitoring site so the world can try to prevent the next conflict in southern Sudan.

Today George Clooney launches his latest effort to keep the eyes of the world on the looming civil unrest in Southern Sudan that could result from the January 9 independence referendum. The Satellite Sentinel Project goes live today.

The Huffington Post reported last night that:


Clooney's Not On Our Watch is funding the start-up phase Satellite Sentinel Project that will collect real-time satellite imagery and combine it with field analysis from the Enough Project and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, organizers said. The data will point out movements of troops, civilians and other signs of impending conflict. The U.N. Operational Satellite Applications Program and Google will then publish the findings online.

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We want to let potential perpetrators of genocide and other war crimes know that we're watching, the world is watching, Clooney said in a statement. War criminals thrive in the dark. It's a lot harder to commit mass atrocities in the glare of the media spotlight.

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The groups hope that early warnings will reduce the risk of violence.

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The Staellite Sentinel Project is a follow up to Clooney's documentary earlier this month with NBC News' Ann Curry to shed light on this brewing conflict. Clooney, along with activist John Prendergast, have launched the site, the first effort to monitor threats to human security in near real-time.

The Google map on the site went up today but the satellite imagery is not up and running yet.

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