Muntazer al-Zaidi : Why I threw the shoe

Muntazer al-Zaidi : Why I threw the shoe

SEPT 19 — I am free. But my country is still a prisoner of war. There has been a lot of talk about the action and about the person who took it, and about the hero and the heroic act, and the symbol and the symbolic act. But, simply, I answer: what compelled me to act is the injustice that befell my people, and how the occupation wanted to humiliate my homeland by putting it under its boot.

Over recent years, more than a million martyrs have fallen by the bullets of the occupation and Iraq is now filled with more than five million orphans, a million widows and hundreds of thousands of maimed. Many millions are homeless inside and outside the country.

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Mosquito-borne African virus a new threat to West

Mosquito-borne African virus a new threat to West

WASHINGTON, Sept 19 — The United States and Europe face a new health threat from a mosquito-borne disease far more unpleasant than the West Nile virus that swept into North America a decade ago, a US expert said yesterday.

Chikungunya virus has spread beyond Africa since 2005, causing outbreaks and scores of fatalities in India and the French island of Reunion. It also has been detected in Italy, where it has begun to spread locally, as well as France.

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Why Don’t Doctors Wash Their Hands More?


Published: September 17, 2009

Like most medical and nursing students, my introduction to operating began not with scalpels and sutures but with scrub sinks and sterile gloves. Over the course of an entire day, my classmates and I learned the meticulous art of scrubbing up — generating a thick bacteria-killing lather from our fingertips to above our elbows — and maintaining sterile technique — laying down and picking up sundry items without contaminating a sterile field. Even during practice runs, the nurses and doctors modeled the ritual of scrubbing up then donning sterile garb with such mindfulness and consistency that every student believed it had to be important, even if it was, in fact, just washing our hands and getting dressed.


Reuters:U.S. urges court to reject Google book deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department urged a New York court on Friday to reject Google’s controversial deal with authors and publishers that would allow the search engine giant to create a massive online digital library.


First U.S. H1N1 vaccines will be nasal spray: CDC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first U.S. roll-out of vaccines against the new swine flu virus will be 3.4 million doses of MedImmune’s nose spray, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.

The CDC’s Dr Jay Butler said the vaccines would be distributed the first week of October.


Debu American Muslim musicians based in Indonesia

Debu American Muslim musicians based in Indonesia


Debu is a group of Muslim musicians formed in 2001 and currently based in South Jakarta, Indonesia. Most of the band’s members are American, with other members from England, Sweden and Indonesia. Their band name is an Indonesian language means “dust”. Debu’s music has sound mix of Middle Eastern strings, thumping drums, flutes, violins, an Irish harp, santur, flamenco guitar, baglama, tambura, oud, dumbek and some Indonesian instruments. Their music lyrics are about peace, the love and longing to the Creator, and other Islamic messages. The songs are mainly in Indonesian, but there are also some in Arabic, English, Persian, Turkish, Spanish and Chinese language. They have released four Indonesian albums and one Turkish album.

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Italian police detained the businessman at the centre of a prostitution scandal surrounding Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

Italian police detained the businessman a

t the centre of a prostitution scandal

surrounding Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

BARI, Italy (Reuters) – Italian police detained the businessman at the centre of a prostitution scandal surrounding Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Friday, on charges related to drug dealing, judicial sources said.

Gianpaolo Tarantini, an entrepreneur who reportedly told prosecutors in the southern city of Bari he supplied 30 escorts for parties hosted by Berlusconi, was detained in Bari airport as he was about to take a flight to Rome.

Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi arrives at an informal summit of European Union heads of state and government in Brussels September 17, 2009. (REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Tarantini was being held in the local barracks of Italy’s financial police while a judge decides whether to uphold the prosecutor’s arrest warrant, sources said.

He was detained on charges related to cocaine dealing, sources said, after the prosecutor cited risks that he might tamper with evidence or attempt to flee the country.

His lawyer, Nicola Quaranta, declined to comment.

Tarantini was thrust into the spotlight after call-girl Patrizia D’Addario testified he had paid her to spend the night with Berlusconi following a party at the conservative prime minister’s Rome residence in November.

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