- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 2, 2011

Hollywood actor George Clooney brought his star power to the political theater of the Sunday talks shows to continue his efforts to stop the violence in Sudan.

“We want to let potential perpetrators of genocide and other war crimes know that we’re watching, the world is watching,” Mr. Clooney said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Mr. Clooney made his plea as south Sudan is set for a referendum next month on whether to secede from north Sudan. The actor’s Not on Our Watch group is helping Google, the United Nations, the human rights group Enough Project and others launch a satellite surveillance system on the north-south boarder to prevent a new civil war.

Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast said Sunday the real star in the unfolding of event is the United States.
“You know, the United States is the biggest actor in Sudan,” he said. “We can have a major influence on whether or not a deal is struck. … And we can have a major influence on whether human rights violations continue in Darfur. That’s going to take presidential leadership.”

This article is based in part on wire service reports.