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Thursday's Connector: George Clooney

October 11th, 2010
10:58 AM ET

He's been dubbed the "sexiest man on the planet," one of the most profitable actors in Hollywood and even a talented director.

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But, even with all the accolades, George Clooney hasn't rested on his laurels. He's converted some of his Hollywood pulling power into a number of social causes ranging from human rights to global poverty.

An issue that Clooney is particularly passionate about is the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Clooney has been campaigning since 2006 for a peaceful resolution of the conflict that has led to the deaths of about 300,000 people, according to the United Nations.

In 2007, Clooney spoke at a "Save Darfur" event in Washington D.C. to raise awareness of the issue and he has even used his name recognition to push world leaders to take action.

While many Americans may not have known what was happening in the region, Clooney helped bring the conflict into living rooms around the country. Clooney produced a TV documentary called "A Journey to Darfur" which advocated for action.

In December 2007, along with fellow actor Don Cheadle, Clooney was presented with the Summit Peace Award by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates for his work around the Darfur crisis.

The following month, Clooney was made a messenger of peace by the United Nations. Today, Clooneyhas joined human rights activist and author John Prendergast to continue raising awareness of the conflict.

Here's your chance to quiz one of Hollywood's most interesting figures in both the acting world and human rights arena.

Please leave your questions for him below and you can also send in your questions via Twitter @BeckyCNN and our brand new Facebook fan page www.facebook.com/cnnconnect.

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  1. JesusNeedsABreak

    whats the most fun you've ever had in your life?

    October 11, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  2. Andy.

    Why world leaders wait till people die or wait for someone to tell them about problems they know very well before they take actions, why powerful states take things from small states and give them peanuts when they have the moral right to pay them what is good, and also make small states poorer so that those small states will come with bowl in hand to beg the powerful states for handout is this fair?

    October 11, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  3. Julie Baptiste

    I think that George Clooney is a very brave man to want to take on such a path as this, given the current climate with world Matters. It seems that most of the world is on the move for one reason or another, and what George is trying to do in my mind is keep people in their own surroundings and homes rather than be evicted through war, hunger and terrorism. The leaders of the countries in question need to do more for their citizens. Wether they can't or won't is another matter, and this is where diplomacy and Mr Clooney enter the frame. In an ideal Utopian world, those countries nearest the borders should show support by taking in refugees, feeding programmes etc. But the centre point of all the charity aid comes down to the fact that until the corruption and mis-abuse of quite necessary funds given by the public, are actually used soley for those in need, and not taken by governments, very little will change. But George should not give up, maybe with the UN and sanctions imposed, a political arm can be twisted in favour of those in need.

    October 11, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Reply
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    October 11, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  5. elisa

    just a question about his style of life when he'not engaged in social problems...do you never feel yourself in a contradiction ?so much money wasted in jet,boat,dinner in restaurants and after the people of darfur

    October 11, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  6. Angela Gorman

    I have visited Chad's capital N'Djamena twice, but not Darfur which of course is on the Eastern border of Chad and Sudan. I cannot travel to Darfur because I cannot get travel insurance. My organisation based here in the UK is trying to save the lives of pregnant women and their babies who are dying because they do not have access to medications which are cheap and readily available in the developed world. One of the biggest killers of women is catastrophic post delivery haemorrhage which can be prevented using 3 tablets of a drug called Misoprostol which we purchase for around 11cents each. Is there any way you can help? Our charity is called Hope for Grace Kodindo, named after an inspirational Obstetrician who starred in a BBC programme in 2005. http://www.hopeforgracekodindo.org

    October 11, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  7. toddsaed

    Without people like CLooney, things would seem more hopeless than they do sometimes, and by all accounts he is a down to earth real good guy in real life, why he is one of the few with that real bigger than life old time star charisma, having "IT", the intangible undefined. I wonder if he has any ideas about the larger connections to the problems in Darfur, why is there not a bigger effort like in Iraq, or Afghanistan, that is where does the local politics connect to the geopolitical strategies from the US, and how can it be fixed for more immediate, lasting, and powerful results?.
    It would seem some intervention in the Congo and other places would also be warranted, if Africa stays behind we all do, so here's hoping we can at least send the good wishes to help, and some money, educators, ...Fond memories of his mother with BIng Crosby, the classics, and on TV,thanks Mr Clooney.

    October 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  8. Tina

    Just one: What do you want us...the little people in this big country...to DO for the people of Darfur?
    We have been made aware of this conflict by movie stars for the last 5 years.
    So,you have done your job.
    Now, why have you made us aware?
    "Pushing for peaceful resolution" is naive. (Did you take more than the "media tour" while you were there?)
    "Pushing world leaders to take action" is a tad out of our league.

    Why, when I see other things about you in print, do I not believe you really have invested much of yourself in this issue?
    Which brings me back to...what can WE do?

    October 11, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  9. Keira

    I'd like to ask George, in this tough economy worldwide, what can people do (or how they can get involved) if they can't help monetarily? Also, ER did numerous Africa episodes, did you approach the producers w/ the idea? It definitely brought up the crisis in Africa to the forefront!



    October 11, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  10. NB

    Good morning George,

    I believe I am one among millions of people worldwide who admire your humanitarian efforts and your talents. You inspire us to think and open our hearts to people. God bless you.

    October 11, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  11. Sundeé

    George, raising awareness and motivating others to help with social issues is a seemingly endless role. From where do you derive your energy and persistence?

    October 11, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  12. Annette

    In what ways would you like to use your fame and your profession as an actor to promote humanitarian causes that you are interested in?

    October 11, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  13. Rai

    With the referendum on independence a few short months away, we are hearing a lot about Southern Sudan. What impact would Southern Sudan's independence have on the region of Darfur?

    October 11, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  14. Martie Wyatt

    Thank you, Mr. Clooney.
    Two questions.
    In your previous efforts, you visited China and Eqypt to garner international support to press for peace in this region. Who are the international players in this current effort, and how can we as Americans best invite their participation?

    Sharing a personal story of consequence is an important way to invite people to share in an awarenss campaign. During this particular trip is there one image or story shared by locals that you spoke with, or revelation/understanding that you experienced that can help the average Joe or Josephine understand what is truly at stake for our brothers and sisters in Sudan?

    I thank you, Ms. Curry, and Mr. Prendergast for all you have done, and continue to do. Do not doubt for a minute – you have changed the world.

    October 11, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  15. Skyler

    Does George believe in prayer, does he pray, and if so, does he pray for wisdom for resolution to the N/S conflict in Sudan? Does George believe Luke 1:37 or in the power of prayer for both Sudan and in his own personal life?

    October 11, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  16. Jane

    It would be wonderful if we could arrange somehow for schools both here in the UK and in the US to link up with any in Southern Sudan and Darfur.

    I appreciate that schools or classes there would probably be very 'mobile' and almost probably permanently under seige, but if such a programme was initiated and some sort of communcation was established, it could do nothing but good.

    Does such a scheme already exist – maybe under the auspices of the UN? There has to be something we can do!

    October 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  17. Sulav Bhatta

    Your efforts on Darfur were commendable. Do you think influential actors like yourself could/should do more to generate awareness about such sensitive issue?

    October 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  18. Josephine

    I have such deep respect for your humanitarian work, Mr. Clooney. Sudan is such a heartbreaker. Why do you do it?

    October 11, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Reply
  19. Marie

    He Mister Clooney

    Is not it frustrating to see the situation not to more change since 2006 ?
    and do you think which independance could change
    on better a situation in soudan and last question why must it be it an actor who has wet his shirt and go on the field ?
    Thanks you to be it's that you are

    October 11, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  20. Leslie

    re Jane's excellent question above concerning linking schools of US with schools in Southern Sudan and Darfur...Have you or will you approach Lysa Heslov (for those who don't know wife of Mr. Clooney's friend and business partner Grant Heslov) about the possibility of Children Mending Hearts going into Sudan?

    Even though your focus today is on Sudan and Darfur, thak you for your efforts in raising money for Haiti. Do you plan to visit there as a follow-up?

    In your opinion, is the US important to the Sudan and Darfur or are other world powers more influential? Is the possible war more about foreign interests in the Sudan (such as China's) or about factions/tribes within Sudan itself?

    October 11, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  21. emanuela

    George ,you are a man, a really MAN

    October 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  22. Bridgette

    Hey George, I too would like to know what I can do to help. So many causes in the world, it is hard to know were to start. What made Darfur stand apart from other problems in the world and how do you choose what causes to fight for more than others? Keep making movies, your one of my favorites. God Bless.

    October 11, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  23. Lisa Shannon

    Hi George,
    What do you see as the connection between the looming crisis in South Sudan and crisis (or crises!) Congo, specifically NE Congo impacted by the LRA (formerly of Uganda)? Do you see the conflicts as linked?

    October 11, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  24. Lisa Shannon

    Moderator: Here's a more fleshed out version of the question.
    Hi George,
    I spent a month in far NE Congo last Feb, an area devastated by Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army...and bordering South Sudan. When I read your op-ed in USA Today, I couldn't help but fear not only for people in South Sudan, but the potential epic, deadly fallout for those already who have lost everything in NE Congo (many of whom are hiding from the LRA in South Sudan now).

    Do you have any thoughts on how the links between these crises, and the overlap in Sudan and Congo movements in this country?
    Thanks for everything you're doing!

    October 11, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  25. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello George Timothy Clooney and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from George Timothy Clooney on the following questions:

    – How will you Improve Liberty and Order in Darfur?

    – How has Hope for Haiti Now Improve the lives of the 2010 Haiti earthquake victims?

    – Why do you want to play Matt King in your upcoming movie called The Descendants?

    – How will you Improve Clean and Safe Water worldwide, while the North German Lloyd (Hapag-Lloyd AG) Cargo Ship “the Goslar” is Still Polluting our Waters for Decades?

    I am awaiting George Timothy Clooney’s replies.

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    October 12, 2010 at 12:09 am | Reply
  26. Tom McDonnell

    Hi George,

    First of all, I would like to say you are one of the best movie actors of all time. If you weren't into acting, what would you be doing?

    October 12, 2010 at 12:58 am | Reply
  27. Martie Wyatt

    For those interested in the sister schools concept, please note The Darfur Dream Team's Sister Schools program was formed after Tracy McGrady returned from his journey to Darfuri refugee camps in eastern Chad. ...

    October 12, 2010 at 3:13 am | Reply
  28. Nell Okie

    Jane, so glad you asked! George Clooney's traveling companion to Sudan, John Prendergast and NBA player Tracey McGrady "hatched the idea for the Darfur Dream Team's Sister Schools program linking American middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities with schools in the Darfuri refugee camps. Tracy's Journey to the refugee camps in eastern Chad is chronicled in the movie 3 Points." You can see the wonderful film, "3 Points" here: http://www.3pointsmovie.com/
    and learn more about Darfur Dream Team and become involved here: (www.darfurdreamteam.org).

    Another source: i-ACT, which is partnering with Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools : http://www.stopgenocidenow.org/iact

    "Our i-ACT team is gearing up to return to the Darfur refugee camps on the Chad-Darfur border in late 2010. We will be uploading same day web casts, creating personal relationships between advocates around the world and survivors, and implementing i-ACT Exchange and CommKit. Our team will also be establishing the school to school relationships for the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program.

    "Stay tuned for daily actions and ways you can create a personal relationship with Darfuris!"

    Hope this helps!
    Thank you!

    October 12, 2010 at 3:36 am | Reply
  29. Stephanie

    Just looking at a topographical map, reading a little history, the country's divisions are no surprise. If (hypothetically) the South can secede peacefully, what next? How will a land-locked oil state with high illiteracy and a legacy of neglect and violence thrive? Oil states are notoriously oppressive. I don't question the importance of long term efforts to build health, literacy, government, and business in the South, but to get that far, what economic resources are there in the short term to balance against the oil? What instututions or other social infrastructures are there right now to build an effective, but just and peaceful government with, or at least get one started?
    Thank you for your dedication to this issue and for the opportunity to comment.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:57 am | Reply
  30. Margaret

    Dear Mr. Clooney, I read recently that you "felt a failure where Darfur is concerned". Not a bit of it. But please, if you feel you can tangibly help, Kids for Kids (www.kidsforkids.org.uk) is hard at work raising money for the remote villages, where there is virtually no help at all, as almost all international aid finds it way into the IDP camps. There are now 51 Kids for Kids villages which we are sustaining so that refugees can return to their former livelihoods. We would love to come to USA again to visit schools, churches, orgnanizations to show them how they can help us, and showing them firsthand pictures of all we do. If you can help us to do that, you have no need whatsoever to feel a failure. Thank you.

    October 13, 2010 at 11:15 am | Reply
  31. Allyson Hoffmann

    Mr. Clooney, does it pull on your nerves that, besides everything your´re doing to make our world a better place, most people are still only interested/focused on your looks and your love life? Allyson Hoffmann

    October 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  32. Suz

    On a lighter note, you're said to be an accomplished prankster, so I'd love to know which prank are you most proud of, and what's the most ingenious or elaborate practical joke somebody played on YOU?

    October 13, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  33. Rafaael

    George is the kind of guy d world needs....if everyman is lyk G.C then there wil b less problems on earth...u are the best hollywood's got.luv ya

    October 13, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  34. fadly

    In your opinion, why does starvation always happen in African countries?

    October 14, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  35. Dnny

    why Darfur?

    October 14, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  36. Nana Fening

    Mr. Clooney what difference are you proud of, that you have made working around Darfur crisis for the past years.

    October 14, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Reply

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