Bagging Their Flags

So much for grand old flags. Some Australian nationalists this month are lobbying to ditch their current symbol, far left--which includes Britain's Union Jack--because it conjures up the country's roots as a penal colony. Instead, the Aussies are pushing for a new flag celebrating the 19th century Eureka Stockade, a tax revolt some liken to the Boston Tea Party. Australia is just one of several countries reconsidering their colors. --By Jeremy Caplan


After briefly trying a design critics called too similar to Israel's, Iraq reverted in June to a flag nearly identical to its Saddam-era one


As part of government plans for full independence by 2006,...

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