Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Ghanaian Flag Being Waved Proudly in Misrata, Libya

Amongst the many trapped people in the besieged city of Misrata, Libya are many of Ghanaian nationality. They have made their presence known by waving the Ghanaian Flag.

News footage around the world has shown the Ghana Flag being waved, whilst pleading for help to journalists and the wider world. This was particularly evident on Brian Williams' nightly report news, direct from Misrata on 19th April, 2011.

Michael Yereku, writing on said "This touched my heart!! I do not know any of these Ghanaians I saw on the news broadcast, but as a fellow Ghanaian, I felt compelled to do something. This is why I am writing this piece urging President Atta Mills, the Foreign Minister and the Minister of Transportation to arrange with their Libyan counterparts to implement a plan to get our fellow citizens out of Misrata and home safely and as soon as possible. Let us all pray and hope that those who are desperately displaying the Ghanaian flag in Misrata can be assured that holding tightly to the flag will eventually mean something with the Ghanaian government meeting its obligation and ensuring that our citizens emerge out of this perilous situation unharmed."

As the world watches developments in Libya, it is clear once again that national flags are often at the heart of the action, wherever there is conflict or turmoil around the globe. This seems especially the case in Libya.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Guy Teissier Wants Waving Foreign Flags in France to Become Illegal - French Government to Vote

In what is a surprising move to many, a new amendment to legislation has been proposed by French member of parliament, Guy Teissier. He is proposing to ""regulate the use of foreign flags in French public spaces by demanding prior permission".

Teissier has said, "A certain number of people, be they French, foreigners or not, during a diverse range of occasions – national holidays, protests – or in their daily lives, wave the flags of their country of origin."

The waving of foreign flags in France has become relatively commonplace, flags such as the Algerian Flag and Moroccan Flag in particular can be seen on a regular basis.

If the new amendment is passed the waving of a foreign flag without prior permission could be punishable with a fine of anything up to €1,500.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Spanish Flag Flying as Chinese Banks Weigh Up Investment in Spanish Banks

According to Reports from Reuters, the Spanish Government are still confident of Chinese investment into their ailing banking sector.

Speculation has been rife that Chinese Banks have a staggering $13 Billion to invest into Spanish Banks. $9 Billion of this is said to be from Chinese Investment Corporation alone, this rumour has been denied by the Chinese to date.

Commenting a Spanish Government Official said "This was an error in communication. There is a will to invest in the savings banks and Spanish debt ... but clearly we can't give specific amounts or name particular funds,"

The Spanish Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero  is visiting China and Singapore this week and securing funds for his ailing banks is said to be high on the agenda. For now though, whatever happens the Spanish Flag will continue (it seems) to fly high.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

April 13, 1818 USA Flag - 193rd Anniversary Today

Today April 13th is the 193rd anniversary of the 1818 USA Flag.

This flag did not become official until July 4th, 1818 but was actually flown at the US state capital for the first time on April 13, 1818. 

So what does the flag mean. The thirteen stripes represent the original 13 founding colonies. The 20 stars represent the number of states in the Union as of 1818.

The flag was designed by Samuel C. Reid and was sewed by Reid's wife and friends and then mailed to Washington.

Kareem Fakhrawi Dies in Bahrain Police Custody - Flags Waved at Funeral

Amongst much civil unrest in Bahrain, news has emerged that opposition activist Kareem Fakhrwai has died whilst in police custody in a prison. Mattar Mattar, a member of Bahrain opposition group, Wefaq said "Either he was sick and didn't receive treatment or was tortured". Fakhrawi's death was the 4th similar death in Bahrain in recent days, the Bahrain government have promised to investigate.

The Bahraini Government has admitted to holding 453 detainees at the moment, to prevent civil unrest. Bahrain is currently under "martial law". Mattar has said "After these problems, many are afraid to contact us, I estimate the real number is not less than 600. That's one in every 1,000 Bahrainis," he said.

Funerals have surprisingly perhaps become a source of much anger amongst Shi'ites. The Bahrain government has banned all demonstrations, so protestors are waving foreign flags and symbols during funerals. Bahrain's Ministry of Interior warned against this action in a statement on Tuesday 12th April.

Flags being waved around the country at funerals include the Tunisian, Iranian and Iraqi Flags.

Harold "Sparky" Songer Flies US (American Flag) Upside Down as a Distress Signal

In news from Danville, Eastern Illinois a Veteran has deliberately decided to fly the American Flag upside down, but insists he isn't meaning to upset anyone. The reports that Songer has chosen to fly the US Flag outside the Vermilion County War Museum in Danville as a distress signal.

Songer believes that the government in Washington, DC are not showing appropriate support for the nation's military. Songer now 86 said "Those in the service are already having trouble keeping their families together, they're gone through so much, and the number of suicides is a disgrace, and some have lost their homes and can't find jobs when they do come home." 

Songer is Director of the Vermilion County War Museum and is a veteran of three wars. Commenting Songer said " "I'd just had enough, so I stopped talking about it and did it."

In US Military tradition the US Flag is flown upside down as a sign of distress. Songer believes there is a distress situation now and said ""Things are such a mess in Washington. The whole country is in extreme distress." 

The upside down flag has received numerous complaints from other veterans and members of the general public alike.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

UNAMID - Rwandan Flag Flies at Half Mast to Remember Rwandan Genocide

In a memorial event held at UNAMID, Darfur the Rwandan Genocide of 1994 was remembered. The genocide caused the lives of 800,000 Rwandans to be lost in just 3 months.

Rwandan Force Commander Lt Gen Patrick Nyamvumba commented “the genocide has taught us that we should not be complicit to violence, death and destruction by remaining silent or indifferent to human atrocities. […] The presence of Rwandan troops, police officers and civilian staff in Darfur, as part of UNAMID, with all the sacrifices, is an eloquent testimony to the resilience of the Rwandan people to assist bringing peace to other parts of Africa and the world”.

The ceremony include a minute of silence in memory of all the victims. Both the Rwandan Flag and United Nations Flag were lowered to half-mast.

Monday, 11 April 2011

The Former Soviet Union flag flies high in the heart of Syracuse, New York

Your News Now, New York reports an unusual story in that the former Soviet Union Flag was found flying high over a building in Syracuse, New York.

The flag is seen flying at half-staff, but it's a mystery how it got there. The property manager confirmed that usually a US flag  is flying there but somebody removed it and replaced it with the Soviet Flag instead. The Soviet Flag has since been removed and an investigation has been launched as to what exactly happened.

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Baku State Flag Square - The Flag is Torn and Removed Again

Not for the first time, the largest Azerbaijani Flag, which flies at the Baku State Flag Square has needed to be removed.

The reasons for its removal are unclear, it is believed though that the flag was torn in recent high winds. This is the fourth occasion the flag has had to be removed. On one occasion, local residents had to be removed, when the flagpole itself also started to move.

To date the square has cost the Azerbaijani people and government some $35Million. The whole issue is unsettling for Azerbaijani's who place a lot of emphasis on their state flag.

Background to the Azerbaijani State Flag Square
On 17th November 2007, Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan signed a directive which promised the creation of the State Flag Square in Naku. On 30th December, 2007 Aliyev laid the foundation stone for the square. The square is in the Naval Base in the Bayil area of the Azerbaijani state capital Baku.

The State Flag Square dimensions are – The flagpole is 162 metres in height, this is the highest flagpole in the world, this has been confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records.

 the flag itself is 35 X 70 metres in dimension with an area of 2,450 square metres. The entire structure weighs in at an astonishing 220 tons, the flag itself weighs 350 kilogrammes.
The official state opening of State Flag Square took place on 1st September, 2010. The flag is an important symbol in Azerbaijan and reflects the freedom and independence of the Azerbaijani nation.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Egyptian Rioters Try to Rip Down Israeli Flag from Israeli Embassy in Cairo

On Friday 8th April, Egyptian rioters attempted to rip down the Israeli Flag from the Israeli Embassy in Cairo.

Although attempts to remove the flag are fairly commonplace, the sheer number of rioters took authorities by surprise. The rioters has marched from Tahrir Square to the location of the Israeli Embassy and had been burning Israeli Flags all the way along the route.

These scenes are the worst anti-Israeli protests since the protests that saw President Hosni Mubarak removed from power in February. The Foreign Minister, Yigor Palmor commented "They tried to reach the flag on top of the embassy but failed."

The Egyptian Flag

2000 People March Over the New Caledonian Flag Issue

2000 people marched in Noumea, New Caledonia over the issue of the New Caledonia Flag.

The issue of the flag has seen four governments dissolved over the past two months in New Caledonia. This week the French Overseas Minister, Marie-Luce Penchard was in Noumea attempting to resolve matters.

The march was a week later than originally planned, the French High Commissioner had banned the previous march on security grounds. This march passed off peacefully but reflected the emotions people feel about their national flag and therefore their national identity.

The whole issue boils around whether New Caledonia should have a 2-flag system and observe both the French Flag and the "Kanak" as the official flags of New Caledonia.

This whole issue proves again that national flags are a really big issue and mean a lot to people all around the world.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Waving Flag YouTube Videos - K Naan, World Cup, Free Downloads and More

In this post we provide links to some great waving flag YouTube videos, we start off with three links to the World Cup 2010 Classic:

David Bisbal & K Naan - Waving Flag, The Official Video

K Naan, Waving Flag, from the World Cup 2010 Opening Ceremony Celebration Concert

The Young Artists for Haiti Version on Waving Flag - a Charity Recording for Haiti

And now for something completely different, waving flag by the Chipmunks!

The US Flag flying with the national anthem in the background, very patriotic for Americans!

Argentinian Football Team World Cup Goals set to Waving Flag by K Naan

National Flag Bags - Examples of What are for Sale

If you are looking for a bag of your favorite nation, there are lots of choices available. This blog post details some of the options available and where to source them from:

Argentina National Flag Tote Bag from Cafepress, available for £12.50

Brazil National Flag Shoulder Bag by Gola, available from Amazon for £21.99 -

UK Union Jack Stylish National Flag Patterned Carrying Bag from Deal Extreme for $15.76 or 10.88 Euros.

Greece Flag Tote Bag, available from Cafe Press for £12.

These are just a few ideas, if you want to shop in style go out and get your flag bag today!

Sachin Tendulkar Waves Indian Flag After Cricket World Cup Final Win in Mumbai, April 2 2011

I couldn't resist creating a quick post with this image of cricket legend and hero Sachin Tendulkar. He is seen here waving the Indian Flag following India's first win of the Cricket World Cup since 1983.

Many are speculating that this will now be Tendulkar's final world cup game. At the age of 37 he is now a veteran in the game of cricket. What a way for Tendulkar to bow out if it was his last game, seeing his beloved India beat Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup Final!

Estonian Government to Create Diplomatic Ties with Somalia reports that the Estonian Government are recommending the proposal of Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and are entering into diplomatic discussions with Somalia.

Estonia currently has diplomatic relations with a total of 168 countries, the most recently added were Haiti and Comoros, which were added last year.

Urmaes Paet said on April 7 - "Establishment of diplomatic relations with Somalia is directly connected to Estonia's participation in Atalanta, the European Union military operation for protecting ships in the vicinity of Somalia from pirate attacks." Many people are failing to realise that the pirates are just as much of a nuisance to the Somalian Government as they are to governments around the world.

Paet went on to say that Estonian ships operating under Atalanta will need to collaborate with ships sailing under the Somalian flag. This process is smoothed considerably with the establishment of diplomatic relations. Paet also said that Estonia should establish diplomatic relations with as many countries as possible, as this best represents Estonia and also protects the Estonian population's worldwide interests.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Imperial, Missouri School Flag to be Taken into Space by Dr. Sandra Magnus

Students of St. Joseph Catholic School, Imperial, Missouri have been learning about space at school and have specially designed a flag. Astronaut Dr. Sandra Magnus of Belleville, Illinois has promised to take this flag on her next trip into space. 

Magnus is scheduled to be amongst the crew of STS-135-ULF7, she is currently in training and scheduled to fly into space in the summer of 2011. This mission will carry Raffaello - a Multi Purpose Logistics Module.

Magnus has promised the children that she will take a picture of the flag, which will have the earth in the background, whilst she is on this space flight.

Justin Bieber Wears USA Flag Outfit to Say Sorry for 'Evil' America Comment

Justin Bieber wore an outfit in the design of the American Flag in what many are speculating was an apology for a comment he made recently about Americans "being evil". Bieber commented in a recent Rolling Stones Magazine article that "you guys are evil", when referring to the fact that the US didn't have a free healthcare system like his beloved Canada does.  He said "You guys are evil. Canada's the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don;t need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you're broke because of medical bills. My Bodyguard's baby was premature, and now he has to pay for it. In Canada if your baby is premature, he stays in hospital as long as he needs to, and then you go home."

A spokesperson for Bieber is reported to have said "He's a young kid and said something that got blown well out of proportion. He loves America and is proud to wear the stars and stripes when he is traveling overseas." Bieber wore the outfit whilst in Nottingham, England ahead of his 24th March tour date there. 

The US Flag outfit was made by fashion company OnePiece who specialise as the name suggests in One Piece Clothing items. OnePiece were created by 3 Norwegians in 2007 and have also recently created clothes for Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Rihanna amongst others.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Jersey, Channel Islands Celebrates 30th Anniversary of the Jersey Flag

The 7th April, 2011 saw the 30th anniversary of the first date, which the Jersey Flag was hoisted in public. This was by HRH Queen Elizabeth II on 7th April, 1981.

Jersey Bailiff, Michael Birt hoisted the Flag at a commemoration event at Fort Regent at 1PM GMT.

The States of Jersey Government asked all Jersey householders with a Flag to hoist it from sunrise to sundown on 7th April in commemoration of the event.

Is Portugal the last EU Country to seek Financial Bailout and Support?

Portugal succumbed and has requested an emergency bailout to help with financial issues in the country. Portugal are seeking a package of 75 billion euros ($107 billion), this will need to be financed across the members of the EU and through the International Monetary Fund.

Goldman Sachs are reported today on Bloomberg News that Portugal are the last country likely to need financial bailout. This follows previous requests from both Greece and Ireland.

Despite recent troubles the Portuguese Flag is still being waved with pride across the nation.

Ivory Coast Civil War (Gbagbo vs Ouattara) Threatens World Cocoa Supplies & Price

The African Country of the Ivory Coast is on the brink of civil war according to multiple sources. More famed for its football team, the Ivory Coast should perhaps be more famous as the world's largest single producing country for Cocoa. Ghana and Indonesia have been out on standby to increase their Cocoa crop in light of this crisis.

World cocoa prices could soar once again if the expected decline into civil war occurs. Cocoa prices rose to a 34-year high in March. The tensions have escalated following last year's elections where Gbagbo lost but has refused to step down. It is internationally recognised that Gbagbo lost the election to Ouattara.

Forces loyal to Gbagbo are known to wave the Ivory Coast Flag with pride. Ouattara loyalists still value the Ivory Coast Flag but have also been waving the French Flag, as kind of a protest to Gbagbo's rule.

The United Nations are now planning to intervene. Y.J. Choi the UN Envoy to the Ivory Coast recently spoke about Gbagbo's forces saying "We are planning action, we can no longer condone reckless and mindless attack on civilians and the United Nations blue helmets with heavy weapons." This follows clashes where 800 people in the town of Duekoue have died in the past week alone. The UN has the power to stop action against citizens but can't remove Gbagbo from power.

Ouattara's forces are expected to launch a major offensive on Abidjan, the commercial centre of the Ivory Coast at anytime.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Turkish Elections Flag Costs - 36 Million Turkish Liras for 3 Main Political Parties

Turkey is readying itself for elections in June 2011. An amazing set of statistics have been revealed about the costs, the political parties are willing to pay for campaign flags. The three main parties are said to be spending the following:
* The AKP - Justice and Development Party (currently ruling party) - 15 Million Turkish Liras
* The CHP - Republican People’s Party - 12 Million Turkish Liras
* The MHP - Nationalist Movement Party - 9 Million Turkish Liras

Flag Salesman Nihat Bahçıvan says "Public areas are going to be festooned with campaign flags". Bahçıvan added that the AKP have purchased over 15,000 flags to date and that campaign flags account for the majority of a parties' campaign expenses.

Bahçıvan also talked about the heavy workloads the elections willingly brought on for his company - "Our factories work 18-hour days, including weekends. If parties return the eco-friendly flags used in the campaign, we pay back 25 percent of the cost to them".

The Turkish Elections promise to be interesting and once again flags will be at the centre of them.

Turkish National Flag

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Protesters Wave Massive Italian Flag at Silvio Berlusconi's Trial

Protesters waved a massive Italian Flag at the first day of Silvio Berlusconi's trial.

Berlusconi is charged with "inciting child prostitution. He is said to have had unlawful sex with a 17-year old girl called Ruby. Berlusconi's prosecution was based on a telephone call from May 2010. Berlusconi is accused of sex with a Moroccan immigrant named Karima El Mahroug.

The trial will create a media frenzy worldwide.

Flag Counters - Free Flag Web Counter Statistics for your Website

Something i've been asked frequently is to list some popular (and free) web counter statistics for your website, but importantly ones that show visitors by country - with the flag as the symbol.

So here are a list of resources that give you all you need to know to pick a free flag website statistics counter.

1) - A totally free and fully configurable service. Analyse by country, by maps and by US state. Customise background, text and border colors. Configure the maximum number of flags to show, number of columns to display and write your own title label.

2) - A free configurable PHP service. You can download stats for downloads today, month and year. Also you can view visitors by flags.

3)Super Counters - A free hit counter and flag counter. Fully customisable, visit the site for further information.

4)Trend Counter - A fully configurable free flag counter service. Click this link for a full demo -

Also if you are interested in joining a Facebook Group about flag counters, then join

Also try out this video on YouTube - "Free Flag Counter for your Blog or Website".

Please if you have a view on this subject and you've read this far - leave a comment. I would love to hear from you.

Football: Chelsea vs Manchester United - European Champions League - 6th April, 2011

Chelsea and Manchester United fly the English flag in their encounter of 6th April at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge Soccer Stadium. This is the Quarter-Final of the European Champions League, the return leg will be at Old Trafford, Manchester on 12th April.

The team line-ups are:
Chelsea - Cech, Ivanvic, Cole, Bosingwa, Terry, Essien, Ramires, Lampard, Zhirkov, Torres, Drogba - Subs: Tunbull, Ferreira, Benayoun, Mikel, Malouda, Kalou, Anelka

Manchester United - Van Der Sar, Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic, Rafael, Giggs, Ji-Sung, Carrick, Valencia, Rooney, Hernandez - Subs: Kuszczak, Smalling, Evans, Nani, Scholes, Gibson, Berbatov

Referee - A Undiano Mallenco

Attendance - 37,915

US Flag Removed from Bakersfield Fire Department Uniforms

In a shocking move to many, the Bakersfield Fire Department, California have decided to remove the USA Flag logo from there uniforms. A spokesperson for the department said "It's not about patriotism, it's about consistency and uniform". Personally I thought having the flag logo on a uniform was all about patriotism, or maybe i'm just old fashioned.

A video about this subject can be viewed at this link - It mnust be emphasised that the change of policy is against the fire personnel wishes, this is a management decision.

The move has spawned furious discussion on the United States First Responders Association Forum - view the thread at

It's sad for me to see, little signs of patriotism such as this one by one disappearing. I hope the decision can be reversed and the fire officers can display their flag logo with pride.

If you have any thoughts about this, please leave your comment below, i'd love to see what you have to say on the subject.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

French Flag Support Confirmed for America's Cup Race 2013

French Sports Minister Chantal Jouanno has confirmed the French Government's support for the three declared French Teams, which are vying to perform in the America's Cup Yachting race in San Francisco, 2013.

The Government are allowing the official use of the French Flag but have emphasised this is subject to the three teams being able to raise the necessary finances. Entering the race is not cheap and is estimated at a minimum of $50Million.

On 1st April, the organisers of the America's Cup confirmed that 15 teams had declared an interest in competing in the race.

The qualification event lasts from July 13 to September 1, 2013. The winner goes on to compete against the American Yacht in an event from September 7th to 22nd.

Challengers are now required to pay a $200,000 bond by the end of April, to retain their involvement in the race.

French Flag OK'd by French Government for America's Cup

Vietnam Veteran Seeking $1,500 for Memorial Flags and Flagpoles

Daryl Hicks, a Vietnam veteran is seeking help to raise $1,500 for erecting flagpoles and displaying flags in Uhrichsville, PA, USA.

Hicks is attempting to buy six flagpoles, one to display the USA Flag and five more to display the various branches of the military.

The Vietnam War Memorial in Uhrichsville Park is to be dedicated on Memorial Day. The Memorial itself is being stored in Hicks' garage.

If you want a brick to be insribed for any Veteran (not just Vietnam), send a check for $50 per brick addressed to Daryl Hicks at 1099 Beech Street, Mount Vernon OH 43050, USA. Hicks can also be contacted on 740-501-7072.

People are asked to include the veteran’s name and area of military service for each brick. Hicks said for each $50 people can have up to three lines with 15 characters maximum per line inscribed.

Cricket: MS Dhoni Given Red Ferrari GTO 599 with Indian Flag on the Bonnet

Indian Captain MS Dhoni has been given an award of a Red Ferrari GTO 599, following the Indian Cricket Team's win in the Cricket World Cup.

Since the historic win, the first cricket world cup win for the Indian team since 1983, the players have been showered with gifts and sponsorship offers. Dhoni's Ferrari has the Indian Flag image on the bonnet, a fitting momento for this player who was instrumental in the final win versus Sri Lanka.