Wednesday, March 2, 2011

2011 The Return of Shoes in Politics - Part 2

"Walk in My Shoes" in the United States

On Saturday February 26th, states around the country show solidarity with their union brothers and sisters in Wisconsin.

In Boston, this shoe "installation" was displayed on the steps of the State House and alludes to the following quote from now President Barack Obama's election campaign speech in South Carolina, 2007:

"And understand this: If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I’ll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself. I’ll walk on that picket line with you as president of the United States."

Photos from MoveOn Rally in Boston, MA
February 26, 2011

photo by Milan Kohout

photos by jw

Sunday, February 27, 2011

2011 The Return of Shoes in Politics - Part 1

Shoe Throwing in the Middle East Redux

February 10, 2011 EGYPT: Shoes held up in protest

Anti-government protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square wave shoes in dismay as President Hosni Mubarak speaks to the nation February 10, 2011. Mubarak provoked rage on Egypt's streets on Thursday when he said he would hand powers to his deputy but disappointed protesters who had been expecting him to step down altogether after two weeks of unrest. Leave! Leave! chanted thousands who had gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square in anticipation that a televised speech would be the moment their demands for an end to Mubarak's 30 years of authoritarian, one-man rule were met. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic


February 24, 2011 BEIRUT - Return of Iraq's Shoe Thrower

Evan Vucci / AP

Time online article about Muntazer al-Zaidi
The Return of Iraq's Shoe Thrower: A Rebel's New Cause
By Nicholas Blanford,8599,2049523,00.html