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Friday, February 25, 2011

Old Pictures of Muʿamar al-Qadhāfī (and satire)

As violence in Libya continues, the international community is considering punitive measures. On a lighter note, it seems nearly impossible to resist the temptation to mock and ridicule Muʿamar al-Qadhāfī. His eccentric personality and unique sense of style are the most obvious targets. Jon Stewart made fun of al-Qadhāfī on "Daily Show" last night, comparing him to a "1991 Lionel Richie."

Life magazine recently published a really interesting series of photos depicting a young al-Qadhāfī. One picture, dated 1970, depicts him sitting with King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, President Abdul Rahman Iryani of the Yemen Arab Republic and President Abdel Nasser of Egypt.

Check it out: (please excuse the ridiculous title)

Foreign Policy magazine also published an interesting photo essay.

Finally, here are some other slideshows of interest:

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