Clooney ~ Alamuddin engagement: More to it than meets the eye?

by Tanya Grimsley

Many people may think that this engagement of George Clooney to Amal Alamuddin, the British-Lebanese  lawyer specializing in international law, human rights, extradition and criminal law is simply, “Good old George, the forever bachelor, has finally found his true love. I mean c’mon, not only is Amal Alamuddin beautiful, but they have many like interests and causes.

What is disturbing to those paying attention is Amal’s current connections. While some may think she is harmless, it kind of makes you wonder about the big hoopla surrounding this engagement. I mean, George recently got into with billionaire Steve Wynn over just the mere discussion of Barack Obama. Why so defensive George? Someone merely disagreeing with you shouldn’t warrant an all out fisticuffs. Then the following weekend he gets engaged?


Here are some fast facts on Amal Alamuddin:

1. Alamuddin, 36, was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and studied law at Oxford University and the New York University School of Law, according to a bio posted by NYU. Now based in London, she is fluent in French, Arabic and English.

2. In 2011 she began to represent WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his fight against extradition by Sweden.

3.  Amal has been appointed to numerous U.N. commissions and is an adviser to former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Syria.

4. Alamuddin worked as a student law clerk for now-Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was then a judge at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

5. Her mother, Baria, 66, is the foreign editor of Arab newspaper al-Hayat. Her father Ramzi, a retired professor of business studies at the American University of Beirut, returned to Lebanon in 1991.

6. Alamuddin has been appointed to a number of UN commissions including as adviser to Special Envoy Kofi Annan on Syria, and as Counsel to the Inquiry launched by UN human rights rapporteur Ben Emmerson QC into the use of drones in counter-terrorism operations. She has been involved in many high-profile cases, representing the state of Cambodia, the former Libyan intelligence chief Abdallah Al Senussi, Yulia Tymoshenko and Julian Assange.

7. She is an adviser to the King of Bahrain in connection with the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry.

Bottom line is this: Alamuddin may have the beauty and the brains but she is deeply connected in a way that America should be paying attention to this whirlwind romance that has swept one of the most eligible bachelors in history off his feet and into a super fast engagement. When someone influential in Hollyweird marries someone with these connections, a flag in your head should go up.

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