Sunday, November 21, 2010

A New Flag in Africa: South Sudan

Flag of South Sudan
The flag of Southern Sudan was adopted following the signing of the Peace Agreement that ended the second Sudanese civil war. The flag was previously used as the flag of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM).

The flag is very similar to the Kenyan flag with the addition of a blue triangle and gold star. The colors represent the Southern Sudanese people (black), the blood shed for freedom (red), the land (green) and the waters of the Nile (blue); the gold star (The Star of Bethlehem), represents the unity of the various states and peoples of South Sudan.

In January 2011, a referendum on Independence for South Sudan is scheduled to the held.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

South Korea & Taiwan Flag Burning Controversy

(AFP) Nov. 20, 2010

SEOUL - SOUTH Korea's foreign ministry expressed concern to Taiwan on Saturday over the burning of its flag and boycotts of its products in a heated row over Taekwondo at the Asian Games, local media said.
Taiwanese fighter Yang Shu-chun was disqualified from the Games on Wednesday for wearing extra sensors in her socks, sparking fury in her home island, where irate fans have blamed South Korean judges for kicking her out. Taiwanese protesters have been burning South Korean flags on the streets of Taipei in reaction to this disqualification.

Myanmar gets new flag, official name, anthem

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar's ruling military changed the country's flag, national anthem and official name on Thursday, just over two weeks before the country's first election in 20 years, state media said.
The changes were outlined in a new constitution published in 2008 but the government had not announced a date for their introduction.
The country's new name is the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, instead of the Union of Myanmar.