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  • George Clooney Arrested Outside Sudanese Embassy in D.C.

    I've been wondering when authorities were going to pick this guy up ever since I saw The Good German. This is long overdue if you ask me

    [George] Clooney and several of his activist colleagues were taken away in handcuffs outside the Sudanese embassy on Massachusetts Avenue Friday morning after three verbal warnings.

    The protesters accuse Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir, of provoking a humanitarian crisis and blocking food and aid from entering the Nuba Mountains in the county's border region with South Sudan.

    Disgraceful! What would his father, noted TV news anchorman and former host for American Movie Classics Nick Clooney think of his son if he could see him now?

    Oh, what? His father Nick Clooney was there and got arrested with him?! Disgraceful! What would U.S. Representative for Virginia's 8th congressional district Jim Moran think of these two if he could see them now?

    Wait, what? Aw, come on? Well, who wasn't there?

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    Related: Occupy Seattle Event Occupied by Occupy Seattle

    Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: George Clooney, Omar al-Bashir, Protesters, Sudan
  • Sudanese Woman Facing 40 Lashes for Wearing Pants Wears Pants to Trial

    This Sudanese woman is about three billion times more brave than I could ever hope to be…

    Lubna Ahmed Hussein, a Sudanese journalist who also works in the media department of the UN Mission in Sudan, was arrested along with 13 other women at a popular cafe for wearing "indecent clothes."She was wearing "trousers" and now faces flogging — 40 lashes. She and two other women asked for a lawyer. The other women (some non-Muslim) weren't so lucky: they received 10 lashes and a fine.

    Arrested July 3 and now standing trial (in the same trousers that got her arrested!), Lubna claims she did nothing wrong under the strict Sharia or Islamic religious law, which has been in place in Sudan since 1989. She has immunity due to her association with the UN, but Lubna has decided to waive this in order to challenge the law.

    Oh, I wasn't even talking about the pants. I mean that scarf! Olive green paisley? Excuse me, Lubna Ahmed Hussein, but mid-to-late 2005 called, and they want their '70s retro back. (This Imam over here knows what I'm talking about.)

    Heh…

    But serious, balls of steel. (Or ovaries of steel, or whatever.) Imagine if we had journalists with those kinds of principles over here? Just think of all the crazy shit they would do. Like reporting the news.


    Tags: Fashion, Islam, Men and Women, Religion, Sudan
  • Mia Farrow to Stop Eating, But for Darfur This Time

    Next week, it appears, actress Mia Farrow will be going on a hunger strike in favor of, or against (I'm not totally sure), things that are, or are not happening in the Darfur region in Sudan…

    On April 27th I will begin a fast of water only in solidarity with the people of Darfur and as a personal expression of outrage at a world that is somehow able to stand by and watch innocent men, women and children needlessly die of starvation, thirst and disease.

    She dropped this bombshell on the media two days ago, in a blog post on the Huffington Post, and given the fact that you're probably just hearing about it now, that's probably some indication of how successful her protest will be.

    I don't mean to be an asshole — it kinda just comes naturally to me — and I'm all in favor of people helping people, but, come on, how much clout does Mia Farrow think she has these days? What makes her think that anybody is gonna give any more of a shit about her dying of starvation than some other person, in Africa, whose acting career is in about the same shape?

    And what happens when nothing changes in Darfur in the next week or so, just like nothing's changed in Darfur for the past several years? How exactly do you dial back a hunger strike that's completely ineffective and un-cared-about?

    Well, I guess you just order a bagel.


    Tags: Protesters, Sudan