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The Qaddafi Files

Qaddaffi Qaddaffi

How much do we really know about the private life of Muammar al-Qaddafi? Foreign Policy digs deep into the secret archives and family photo albums of Libya's toppled tyrant to consider his legacy. In this special section, FP presents an exclusive collection of never-before-seen pictures and documents from Qaddafi's private homes and state intelligence ministries, collected by Human Rights Watch emergencies director Peter Bouckaert and photographed by freelance photojournalist Michael Brown. These images range from intimate portraits of Qaddafi with family members to shocking photos of torture victims; from a lean, handsome revolutionary, beaming in the early days after the coup, to the grizzled, bloated outcast he would become. It’s a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the curious and dynamic dictator, and we invite readers to assist us in identifying individuals and events in this rare trove of images.

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  • When They Were Kings

    When They Were Kings

  • Qaddafi’s Family Scrapbook

    Qaddafi’s Family Scrapbook

  • The Brother Leader’s War Machine

    The Brother Leader’s War Machine

  • Qaddafi’s Family Scrapbook

    Qaddafi’s Arms Smugglers, a Mystery

  • The Young Qaddafi

    The Young Qaddafi

  • Qaddafi’s Close-Ups

    Qaddafi’s Close-Ups

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A LIFE IN THE FLASHBULBS
These never-before-seen photos offer an unprecedented look at the Libyan leader.

A LIFE IN THE FLASHBULBS

 

The Qaddafi Files
How we found this secret trove of private photographs -- and what they tell us.

The Brother Leader’s War Machine

Mogadishu on the Med
Muammar al-Qaddafi is dead. Now comes the hard part.

The Brother Leader’s War Machine

Did His End Justify the Means?
How Libya changed the face of humanitarian intervention.

When They Were Kings

The Death of a Tyrant
Regrets of a Libyan after the Brother Leader's demise.

The Brother Leader’s War Machine

Getting Libya's Rebels Wrong
Don't buy Qaddafi's line: The rebels aren't al Qaeda.

The Brother Leader’s War Machine

The Dark Corners of A Police State
A look at Libya's haunted places.

The Brother Leader’s War Machine

Harvard for Tyrants
How Muammar al-Qaddafi taught a generation of bad guys.

Qaddafi’s Family Scrapbook

Special Report

What Ails America?

For our America issue, FP spoke to some of the country's leading figures, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, columnist Thomas Friedman and FP's resident provocateur, Steve Walt. But what does the rest of the world think of the ailing superpower? We asked six writers from around the globe to put the United States on the couch and tell us what it gets wrong -- and we certainly got an earful. From imperial hubris to gluttony to the failures of the education system, here's what they had to say about what's wrong with the state of the union today.

  • Imperial Hubris, by Ian Buruma
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  • The Presidency, by Sunil Khilnani
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  • Gluttony, by Vaclav Smil
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  • The Fed, by Heleen Mees
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  • The Dollar, by Fan Gan
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  • Education, by Mishaal Al Gergawi
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