For seven-year-old Emily Heaton, her royal wishes came true (on her birthday no less!), all thanks to dear old dad!
Jeremiah Heaton not only made his daughter a princess, he made himself a king! Last month, he traveled through Africa to an 800-square-mile patch of desert in between Egypt and Sudan. The land, known as Bir Tawil by the locals, has laid unclaimed after a border dispute between the two nations. So, on Emily’s 7th bday, her dad planted a flag that she designed (four stars and a crown) into a rocky hill and made this land his own!
As we reported this morning, George Clooney, along with several members of Congress and his father, Nick Clooney, were all arrested outside the Sudanese Embassy for protesting the actions of the country's president Omar Al-Bashir.
Check out the video (above) to watch George and the other protesters bravely stand their ground and ultimately, be led off by police in handcuffs.
Funny how he gets in a few interviews before he's carted off to the station! LOL!
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George Clooney took a trip to Sudan's Nuba Mountains last week where people have left their home and are living in caves thanks to Omar al-Bashir's constant attacks on their villages along the volatile boarder of Sudan and South Sudan. While visiting with cameras, the actor witnessed
Okay, so maybe things didn't go so well when George Clooney tried to play a hero in Batman & Robin, but now it looks like he's getting a second chance in real life.
Yesterday, a group founded by George Clooney announced that it's teaming up with Google, a U.N. agency, and anti-genocide organizations to launch "satellite surveillance of the border between north and south Sudan to try to prevent a new civil war after the south votes in a secession referendum next month."
Here's what Clooney had to say about it:
"We want to let potential perpetrators of genocide and other war crimes know that we're watching, the world is watching. War criminals thrive in the dark. It's a lot harder to commit mass atrocities in the glare of the media spotlight."
We wish U the best of luck with your peacekeeping efforts, George!
Instead of lounging in the lap of luxury, which he could easily be doing, Clooney has decided to get involved in Sudan to use his popularity as a celebrity to raise awareness to the possibility of another bloody conflict.
The country is positioned to split itself in two, they will be voting on January 9th to see if the secession will take place. If so, Clooney says that is most likely there will be a civil war and we need to start the prevention of that from occurring.
He believes no less than another full-on effort by the U.S. is needed to stop a civil war from breaking out again. There has even been reports that a military build up is beginning in the north.
Clooney spent a week traveling through the Sudan to remote, conflict-prone areas with John Prendergast, founder of the Enough Project, an anti-genocide advocacy group.
Clooney explains, “If you knew a tsunami or Katrina or a Haiti earthquake was coming, what would you do to save people?" He wants us to get involved.
"I had spoken to Bruce several months back. The same person who I spoke to on the phone, who really just loves their children so much and wants their family to be happy was the person I saw on television last night."