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How Coffee is Funding George Clooney’s Sudan Spy Satellite

How Coffee is Funding George Clooney’s Sudan Spy Satellite

George Clooney is in an elite class of celebrity, but his latest efforts to fund a spy satellite to warn Sudanese villagers of coming attacks from a known warlord have inspired a new career move.

You may have seen the A-list actor showing up in ads for Nestle’s new single-serving Nespresso coffee pods. In addition to being named to the company’s “sustainability advisory board”—ensuring that Nestle invests in environmentally friendly measures when producing its coffee—Clooney also has some ulterior motives for earning some extra income as a TV spokesman.

“Most of the money I make on the [Nespresso] commercials I spend keeping a satellite over the border of North and South Sudan to keep an eye on Omar al-Bashir,” he explained at a press conference.

Sudan has been a big focus for Clooney in the past few years. He was arrested last year during a protest at the Sudanese embassy in Washington D.C., and in 2010, he started the Satellite Sentinel Project with Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast.

Clooney told The Guardian he wants to monitor al-Bashir just like he is monitored by the paparazzi. “I want the war criminal to have the same amount of attention I get,” he said.

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