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Engagement of Clooney and Amal Alamuddin: Who has gone crazy again?


 Lebanon Goes Crazy For Clooney-Alamuddin Engagement
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This past week it was announced that Beirut-born Lebanese lawyer Amal Alamuddin is set to be married to Hollywood heartthrob and serial romancer George Clooney.

Alamuddin now holds British citizenship and is an attorney specializing in international law and human rights.

KAT STOEFFEL posted this April 29, 2014

What Is This Goddess Doing With George Clooney?

George Clooney is engaged to girlfriend Amal Alamuddin, and news outlets are scrambling to explain how the Lebanese-British human rights lawyer managed to “snag” and “tame” America’s most prominent commitment-phobe — a man who, we are now reminded, elected not to wed a professional wrestler, a Dancing with the Stars competitor, and a Las Vegas cocktail waitress.

Perhaps what we should really be asking is: How did Clooney manage to snag her?

Alamuddin is 36 and speaks French and Arabic, and her English is probably very posh, because she studied at Oxford and NYU Law. Clooney, 52, did a silly voice in O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Alamuddin was named the hottest barrister in London in 2013; Clooney hasn’t been the  “Sexiest Man Alive” since 2006.

Alamuddin looks a glamorous hybrid of Anne Hathaway and Huma Abedin, even when her hair is wet.

Even when she’s super embarrassed.

She has the regal grace of Carolyn Bessette but possibly with even better style?

Not to mention impeccable brow game.

The daughter of the Diane Sawyer of Lebanon, Alamuddin served as an advisor to Kofi Annan on Syria.

At leading human rights firm Doughty Street Chambers, her clients include former Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah Al Senussi, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Julian Assange, and the state of Cambodia.

Clooney won a prize for playing a CIA operative in the Middle East in a movie.

The funny part is that the Lebanese Druze warlord Walid Jumblatt is offering to throw the couple a party and expressing hope they would set an example of openness for the Druze community.

Probably, Walid has set his eyes on Amal. Be warned Clooney and stay away from this morass: You might end up with a cut penis

The Daily Star published this May 12, 2014

BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt welcomed George Clooney’s engagement to Lebanese-British lawyer Amal Alamuddin, offering to throw the couple a party and expressing hope they would set an example of openness for the Druze community.

Jumblatt, the political leader of the Druze community in Lebanon, described the impending nuptials as “rare good news” in an e-mail to Journalist Lee Smith, according to an article in The Weekly Standard.

“Tell me when George Clooney will be coming to Lebanon so I can greet him in Moukhtara,” he wrote, referring to his ancestral home in the Chouf mountains. “I will bring a delegation of Druze sheikhs.”

“As for Amal Alamuddin, well, she is lucky,” he added. (In what way Amal is that lucky? Was that Maktoub?)

Alamuddin has become a source of pride and fascination in her home country after news broke of her engagement to avowed bachelor Clooney.

In his article, Smith inquired whether Clooney is “good for the Druze,” the official sect of Alamuddin’s father and a tight-knit community that follows a secretive off-shoot of Islam.

Due to religious restrictions, Druze are discouraged from marrying outside the faith. Last year, the family of a Druze woman who eloped with a Sunni man beat the man and cut off his penis, sparking widespread condemnation, including from the PSP.

Jumblatt criticized the insularity of his community and said he hoped that the new couple would spark a dialogue about the future of the sect.

“It would be useful after the occurrence of the barbaric act,” he wrote, in reference to the attack, “for the Druze community to hold an internal dialogue over the future of the sect. … Where will the culture of rejecting the other that breeds intolerance and hate lead? Does that not create a threat to the future?”.

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(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News ::




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