Google has joined forces with George Clooney’s Satellite Sentinel Project in a bold new initiative that will use satellites to scour Sudan to see if the government is inciting violence before next month’s referendum on the country’s future. Clooney said he started the project also sponsored by Harvard and the U.N., to “stop war before it starts.” Images taken by the satellites will be scrutinized by the U.N. and then immediately made public. Sudan will vote on January 9 to decide if the country should be split in two, and there have already been accusations that leaders have been sponsoring violence. Last week, Vice President Joe Biden called Sudan’s second vice president, Ali Osman Mohmed Taha, to express Washington’s concern over the potential violence.
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