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(Qaddafi in prints).

Libyan dictator Muammar Al Qaddafi may be on his last leg in the north African nation but before he is deposed and tried for committing crimes against his own people, or murdered, GlobalGrind wanted to take a long look at the man, his philosophy and his style. 

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Qadaffi has been in power for over 40 years. Most Americans are familiar with the flamboyant general because of his penchant for female bodyguards and his love of flowing robes; because of his world indictment as a member of a terror sponsoring state, and as the agent who turned over one of the 1988 Lockerbie Bombers to the UK.

Prior to this, America’s knowledge of the man began in 1979 after the American Embassy in Tripoli was burned down by protesters. Since then, relations between US and Libya was frosty at best but things got rosy again when the dictator decided to abandon plans to build weapons of mass destruction and instead rejoin the UN as a sane head of state. Condeleeza Rice visited the general twice while Bush two was in power. 

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For a while Libya looked like it was on the come up: tourism was welcomed from Westerners and Qadaffi was named chairman of the 53 nation African Union in 2009. Qadaffi loves Africa. He loves Africa so much, the continent appears as a patch on his flowing robes. 

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Relations between the US turned chilly however when Qaddafi was photographed embracing the bomber he turned over to Scotland Yard. The bomber, Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, was released from prison on humanitarian grounds after it became public that he was dying from cancer. The real deal was that a lucrative scheme was struck between the UK and Libya over oil.

Here we take a journey down memory lane and take a gander at the Libyan dictator’s most memorable presentations, many of which resemble a Mickalene Thomas painting. 

 

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Qaddafi loves to mix patterns. Here we see him in an assemblage of colors and patterns ranging from stripes to blocks.

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Never have we seen a world leader use color so freely and expressively. Too bad he won’t allow his own people the same right.

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Here we see Qaddafi in a wide colar shirt under a sportcoat wrapped in white.

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Qaddafi is channeling a troubled painter in dark attire. Dark coat, dark pants and jacket over a green shirt. And he’s not wearing a Kufi, his trademark headgear.

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Qaddafi is perhaps one of Africa’s most visible promoters. Several of his public appearances in Africa printed shirts