May 8, 2009

Live tonight – What now after Guantanamo?

  Tonight at the Frontline Club we discuss what happens after Guanatamo with Karen Greenberg, author of “The Least Worst Place: How Guantanamo became the World’s Most Notorious Prison” We start at 7pm GMT/11am PST and as usual, if you can’t make it to the Club in person, you can join us online on the […]

February 19, 2009

Shoe thrower goes on trial

Muntazer al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist who famously threw his size 10’s at outgoing U.S. President George Bush and called him a "dog", goes on trial today. Zaidi has been held in prison for over two months and could face up to 15 years behind bars, Zaidi was handcuffed and surrounded by a pack of security […]

February 16, 2009

Brook Lapping at Frontline

Anyone lucky enough to be at the Frontline Club screenings this past week got reminded about what first rate powerful documentary making is all about. It’s been far too long since we’ve had a blockbuster Brook Lapping series. But Iran & the West is in the best tradition of Death of Yugoslavia and the Russian […]

January 30, 2009

Meanwhile… in other shoes

Al Zeidi, the now infamous journalist who threw his shoes at outgoing U.S. President George W. Bush, is honoured in artistic fibreglass and copper in Tikrit this week. Artist Laith al Amari has created a giant shoe in honour of Al Zeidi and the Iraqi people. The sculpture is inscribed with a poem paying tribute […]

December 18, 2008

Talking cobblers

Rival cobblers are claiming they sold Iraqi TV journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi the shoes he hurled at President Bush last weekend, Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak reported Turkish businessman Ramazan Baydan had made the shoes and carried a front page picture of the design, alongside the headline”Made in Turkey.” Baydan said he had designed the style in […]

December 16, 2008

Hero or villain?

The Iraqi TV journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi, better known these days as the shoe thrower of Baghdad, continues to make the headlines today. It appears he’s quite the hero in much of the Middle East especially with his family, “I swear to Allah, he is a hero,” said his sister, who goes by the nickname Umm […]

December 15, 2008

Bush takes a size 10

U.S. President George Bush had a close encounter with the footwear of an Iraqi journalist this past weekend. Bush was at a press conference during one of his surprise visits to the Iraqi capital when Muntadar al-Zeidi, a reporter with Al-Baghdadiya TV channel, hurled his size 10’s at the outgoing President, Before guards could wrestle […]

December 15, 2008

Throwing Shoes!

Mr. President George W. Bush received a pair of black, size 10 shoes in a Press conference in Iraq, on Sunday. But, sadly he didn’t receive them as gifts, but were thrown at him in extreme anger by an Iraqi TV reporter present in the press conference. Such Awe!! Surely this is not an act […]

November 18, 2007

Hillary’s Comeback

It would make a great film, but it makes an even better story: the wife of a former president, humiliated by his philandering and lies in office, is poised to succeed him, and in the process become the first female head of state in the world’s sole superpower. The resurrection of Hillary Clinton from embattled […]

October 2, 2007

“I hate all Iranians”

Seymour Hersh gnaws through the Bush/Cheney case for the next Iraq in errr… Iran.

June 1, 2007

Rumsfeld: An American disaster

Donald Rumsfeld, Andrew Cockburn remarks in this critical biography, is “one of history’s greatest courtiers.” Rumsfeld’s sly performance at the courts of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and the Searle family (who helped him make his financial fortune) prepared him for his final role in George Bush Jr’s White House. Rumsfeld’s flaws emerged early in life. He […]