Iraq’s New Flag (For Now)

On the new Iraq flag, the text “Allah akbar” (God is great) changes from green to yellow, the Kurdish national color. It is also printed in traditional Kufi script, replacing Saddam Hussein’s handwriting. The stars no longer stand for the three aims of Saddam Hussein’s Ba’th Party, (Arabic) unity, freedom… Continue Reading Iraq’s New Flag (For Now)

Subliminal Flag-Waving Discourages Extreme Ideas

As if emotional campaign messages weren’t enough, politicians now have another way to try to win over the electorate. A study in Israel shows that voters can be manipulated into changing their attitudes by being shown subliminal images of their national flag. A team led by psychologist Ran Hassin at… Continue Reading Subliminal Flag-Waving Discourages Extreme Ideas

Kenya Elections

AFP/Roberto Schmidt A World Food Program worker hangs a flag on a truck carrying aid for displaced people in Nakuru and Eldoret. Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki has invited opposition leader Raila Odinga for their first face-to-face talks since the country’s disputed presidential poll, as several former African presidents arrived in… Continue Reading Kenya Elections