Colonel Gaddafi T-Shirt

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This  Colonel Gaddfi T-Shirt honors one of Africa’s bravest revolutionary against European colonial rule. Add Gaddfi to your African apparel collection. The shirt is 100% polyester dye sublimated tee which comes in most sizes.

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Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi

Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi (/ˈməmɑːr ɡəˈdɑːfi/c. 1942 – 20 October 2011), commonly known as Colonel Gaddafi, was a Libyanrevolutionarypolitician and political theorist. He governed Libya as Revolutionary Chairman of the Libyan Arab Republic from 1969 to 1977 then as the “Brotherly Leader” of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya from 1977 to 2011.

Gaddafi became an Arab nationalist while at school in Sabha, later enrolling in the Royal Military Academy, Benghazi. Within the military, he founded a revolutionary cell which deposed the Western-backed Senussi monarchy of Idris in a 1969 coup. Having taken power, Gaddafi converted Libya into a republic governed by his Revolutionary Command CouncilRuling by decree, he ejected both the Italian population and Western military bases from Libya while strengthening ties to Arab nationalist governments—particularly Gamal Abdel Nasser’s Egypt—and unsuccessfully advocating Pan-Arab political union.

He nationalized the oil industry and used the increasing state revenues to bolster the military, fund foreign revolutionaries and implement social programs emphasizing house-building, healthcare and education projects. In 1973, he initiated a “Popular Revolution” with the formation of Basic People’s Congresses, established to be a system of direct democracy, but retained personal control over major decisions. He outlined his Third International Theory that year, publishing these ideas in The Green Book.

At the 20th century’s end, Gaddafi—frustrated by the failure of his Pan-Arab ideals—increasingly rejected Arab nationalism in favour of Pan-Africanism, emphasising Libya’s African identity.[273] From 1997 to 2000, Libya initiated cooperative agreements or bilateral aid arrangements with 10 African states,[274] and in 1999 joined the Community of Sahel-Saharan States.[275] In June 1999, Gaddafi visited Mandela in South Africa,[276] and the following month attended the OAU summit in Algiers, calling for greater political and economic integration across the continent and advocating the foundation of a United States of Africa.[277]

Amid the 2011 Arab Spring, protests against widespread corruption and unemployment broke out in eastern Libya. The situation descended into civil war, in which NATO intervened militarily on the side of the anti-Gaddafist National Transitional Council (NTC). The government was overthrown, and Gaddafi retreated to Sirte, only to be captured and killed by NTC militants.


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