Iraqi shoe-thrower launches charity


An Iraqi journalist jailed for throwing his shoes at US President George W Bush has launched a foundation to help Iraqi widows and orphans. “I am making an appeal on behalf of my people and I announce the launch of a humanitarian foundation for my people,” Muntazer al-Zaidi told journalists in Geneva on Monday. “I am planning to help orphans, widows and the deported in priority. We want to build hospitals, medical centres, a centre to replace limbs of people handicapped by this war,” he added. A website has been created for the Al Zaidi Foundation, which already has a capital of 33,000 euros ($A53,775), although Zaidi would only say that the funds came “from friends”. Zaidi criticised the war in Iraq, calling on the international community to bring those responsible for the war “led by George Bush” to justice.