Angelina Jolie: Arm Candy or Partner?

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Sitting there next to Brad Pitt at the Golden Globes like an elegant Barbie Doll, Angelina Jolie smiled supportively at George Clooney's shout-out to Pitt for all he does for good outside the movie business. I'm wondering why Mr. Clooney didn't reference them both. They are a higly-visible couple in the international Do Good World. Was it a Boyz thing?

First of all, Ms. Jolie just completed 10 years of service as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Commissioner of Refugees, and was recently recognized for her work:


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That's just a taste of Ms.Jolie's passion for world affairs and the issues that impact human lives around the globe. She is also raising six children with Mr. Pitt -- three of whom are orphans from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam. Ms. Jolie has completed numerous refugee missions for the the U.N. in addition to constantly traveling around the world en famille.

Most recently, Ms. Jolie directed and produced "In the Land of Milk and Honey." The film delved deeply into the Bosnian conflict of the early 1990's, taking place in Sarajevo with emphasis on rape as a war crime and foreign intervention. It was shot in both English and Serbian!

This was Ms. Jolie's first time directing a movie. She did not act in it, rather casting Bosnians and Serbs in key roles. And to underscore both her aim to expose international foibles and her status is the world of foreign affairs, she consulted Richard Holbrooke (architect of the "Dayton Accords") and former NATO Commander Wesley Clark. Ms. Jolie is intent on using her fame for good, even at the risk of derailing her own career if people fail to take her seriously.

"In the Land of Milk and Honey" was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film. The award went to an Iranian film. Except for the natural vested interest in her own project, Ms. Jolie may well have approved.

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Paula Xanthopoulou sees how the gross under-representation of women in the U.S Congress adversely effects women and the country as a whole -- and wants to create real change. Her eye-opening eBook "SMOKE & MIRRORS: The Truth About the Political Status of U.S.Women" was recently published on Paula publishes/maintains…

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