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Monday, December 15, 2008

Meet the Man Who Threw His Shoes at Bush: Muntader al-Zeidi Posted by Hanna Ingber Win

An Iraqi journalist who threw his shoe at President Bush has been hailed as a hero across the Middle East, and is receiving so much attention Wikipedia already has an entry for him.

Reuters reports that Muntadhar al-Zeidi will be given an award by a Libyan charity group called Wa Attassimou.

"Waatassimou group has taken the decision to give Muntazer al-Zaidi the courage award ... because what he did represents a victory for human rights across the world," the group, headed by Aicha Gaddafi, said in a statement.

The group said the Iraqi authorities should honour the journalist for his actions.

Zaidi, accused by the Iraqi government of a "barbaric and ignominious act" will be tried on charges of insulting the Iraqi state, said the Iraqi prime minister's media advisor, Yasin Majeed.

The AP reports that thousands took to the streets Monday to demand his release from jail....



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