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Iraqi Shoe Hurling Journalist in International Hero
about Muntadar Al Zaidi By happy
Muntadar al-Zaidi the Iraqi journalist who threw a shoe at George Bush, US President is an international celebrity and many rogue governments like Libya have called him a hero and declared various rewards.

Zaidi threw his shoes at Mr Bush at a news conference, calling him "a dog".

The head of Iraq's journalists' union has asked the government for clemency towards the journalist who is still in custody. There were demonstrations all over Iraq in his favor.

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Posted on Friday, December 19, 2008 1:40:19 AM
From happy
In Bethlehem, about 50 Palestinian journalists staged a bare-footed protest to show solidarity with Mr Zaidi, who relatives and colleagues said had hurled the shoes because he detested Americans and Mr Bush.

The sit-in came as hundreds of pilgrims gathered ahead of Christmas celebrations in the city where Christians believe Jesus was born.

Meanwhile as the price volunteered for the shoes went up, US Secret Service officials have decided to destroy the shoes to obliterate all traces of the incident.

Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2008 1:47:11 PM
From happy
Although the Secret Service put everyone who attended President George W. Bush's Baghdad news conference through several layers of security Sunday, the agency appeared to be caught off guard when an Iraqi journalist hurled his shoes at the president.

"We'll be our own harshest critic regarding this incident" Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said Monday, "and we'll make any appropriate changes to security."

Donovan said, however, that agents on the scene knew that everyone in attendance had been screened for weapons and that they appeared to have taken the "appropriate level of action." No shots were fired as Bush's Secret Service detail joined Iraqi police in taking the shoe thrower into custody.

Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 11:46:38 PM
From agm
The shoes themselves are said to have attracted bids from around the Arab world.

According to unconfirmed newspaper reports, the former coach of the Iraqi national football team, Adnan Hamad, has offered $100,000 (£65,000) for the shoes, while a Saudi citizen has apparently offered $10m (£6.5m).

Zaidi said his actions were for Iraqi widows and orphans
The daughter of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Aicha, said her charity would honour the reporter with a medal of courage, saying his action was a "victory for human rights".

The charity called on the media to support Zaidi and put pressure on the Iraqi government to free him.

Could there be a greater insult to the US image. Now we know why Obama, a dark-skinnned American with Hussein as a middle-name is so popular abroad and in the US...