Bush Gets The Boot

Iraqi Journalist Insults President Bush

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Two shoes thrown at President Bush during press conference in Iraq.
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21463.htm



Muntadar al-Zaidi Did What We Journalists Should Have Done Long Ago

By Dave Lindorff

Al-Zaidi listened to Bush blather that the half-decade of war he had initiated with the illegal invasion of Iraq had been "necessary for US security, Iraqi stability (sic) and world peace" and something just snapped.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21470.htm



Free Bush shoe-thrower, Iraqis urge

Thousands of Iraqis have demonstrated in Baghdad's Sadr City in support of a journalist being held in custody after throwing his shoes at George Bush, the US president.

//english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2008/12/20081215144834440817.html



Shoe thrower kidnapped once

THE Iraqi TV reporter who hurled his shoes at George W. Bush was kidnapped once by militants and, separately, detained briefly by the US military.

//www.straitstimes.com/Breaking+News/World/Story/STIStory_314995.html



Ducking the issue on Iraq

One Iraqi journalist shows more willingness to stand up to President Bush than the entire White House press corps.

//tinyurl.com/62zwen



"Iraqi reporter al-Zaidi's arm, ribs broken"

Security agents have broken the arm and ribs of al-Zaidi, a reporter who hurled his shoes at Bush during a press conference Sunday in Baghdad.

//www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=78617&sectionid=351020201



Bush shoe thrower Muntazer al-Zaidi 'too injured' for court

THE Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at United States President George W. Bush has appeared before a judge in his jail cell because he is too injured to appear in a courtroom, his brother says.

//www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24815225-12335,00.html



Journalist threw shoe at Bush for Iraqi pride

"What made me do it was the humiliation Iraq has been subjected to due to the US occupation and the murder of innocent people," al-Zeidi said. "I wanted to restore the pride of the Iraqis in any way possible, apart from using weapons."

//www.shanghaidaily.com/article/?id=391682&type=World


From Information Clearing House

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The shoe incident
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On Final Iraq Trip, Attempted Assault on Bush

Jennifer Loven, The Associated Press: "On an Iraq trip shrouded in secrecy and marred by dissent, President George W. Bush on Sunday hailed progress in the war that defines his presidency and got a size-10 reminder of his unpopularity when a man hurled two shoes at him during a news conference."

//www.truthout.org/121508L



Across Mideast, Arabs Hail Shoe-Hurling Journalist

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Omar Sinan, The Associated Press: "Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets Monday to demand the release of a reporter who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush, as Arabs across many parts of the Middle East hailed the journalist as a hero and praised his insult as a proper send-off to the unpopular U.S. president."

//www.truthout.org/121508C



Iraqi Shoe Thrower Captures Mideast Rage at Bush

Alistair Lyon, Reuters: "The hurling of shoes at US President George W. Bush on his farewell visit to Iraq strikes many in the Middle East as a fittingly furious comment on what they see as his calamitous legacy in the region. Arab and Iranian TV stations have gleefully replayed the clip, sometimes in slow motion, of an Iraqi reporter calling Bush a 'dog' and throwing his shoes at him - the Middle East's tastiest insults - at a Baghdad news conference on Sunday."

//www.truthout.org/121608J



The Shoe Heard Round the World

Aaron Lake Smith, Truthout: "As with any event that pushes history forward, when you click the play button over and over to watch Muntanzer al-Zaidi mumble something in Arabic that we now know meant 'This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog!,' the question inevitably arises - Why hasn't this happened before?"

//www.truthout.org/121808A

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Significance of Shoes Thrown

Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)
//www.commondreams.org/newswire/2008/12/15-12

The Shoes We Longed For
//www.commondreams.org/view/2008/12/17-8

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Muntadar al-Zeidi: Hero, martyr, symbol of resistance

AntiWar.Com
by Justin Raimondo

12/17/08

The shoe-throwing Iraqi journalist, who is, by now, probably half beaten to death for the ‘crime’ of paying back — in very small measure — George W. Bush for his crimes against the Iraqi people, is a folk hero to millions. And his admirers aren’t all Iraqis or other Arabs, not by a long shot. The shoe-wielding Iraqi television reporter, one Muntadar al-Zeidi, managed to sum up, in a single gesture, how much of the world feels about the 43rd president of the United States — including Americans...

//www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=13915



Keep out … a message for foreign leaders

Independent [UK]
by Patrick Cockburn

12/16/08

The sight of the Iraqi reporter Muntazer al-Zaidi hurling his shoes at President Bush at a press conference in Baghdad will gladden the heart of any journalist forced to attend these tedious, useless, and almost invariably obsequious, events. … Official press conferences of any kind seldom produce real news, but the worst are usually those given by foreign leaders on trips abroad in which they and their local ally suggest that they are in control of events and all is going according to plan. One of the many infuriating, though also ludicrous, events in Iraq since the invasion of 2003 has been American and British leaders, arriving in secret at the enormous US base at Baghdad airport and travelling, accompanied by numerous armed guards, by helicopter to the heavily-fortified Green Zone. After a few hours there they would give upbeat press conferences, sitting alongside the Iraqi leader of the day, claiming significant improvements in security and chiding the assembled journalists for ignoring such clear signs of success...

//tinyurl.com/5j9scm


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