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The Most Interesting Flags Of The World, Explained

Every country in the world has a flag as a symbol of their nation, each with their own particular colors and design. But the reasons why these designs have been chosen and what they represent are not always immediately obvious. In many cases the stories behind the flags are fascinating, and provide insight into the history of a nation, their culture, previous struggles and future resolutions.

That’s why Just The Flight have found 24 of the most interesting national flags and explored what their designs represent. Find out why the flag of Mozambique displays an AK-47 and what caused the amalgamation of two previous flags of South Africa to become the one we recognize today:

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXXXIV

Nagasaki Bombing Vs Today

Nagasaki’s Urakami Cathedral amid the rubble just after the bombing (above). Its replacement (seen below today) was built in 1959. Source: The Guardian

On The 70th Anniversary Of The Bombings, See Hiroshima And Nagasaki Then Vs. Now

Hiroshima WW2 Vs Today

On Hiroshima’s Yorozuyo Bridge, over half a mile from the point of explosion, a person’s silhouette was etched into the asphalt by the force of the blast. The bomb scorched the asphalt everywhere except the area that was shielded by the body. Source: The Guardian

At the time, none of them knew anything. The radio, telephone, and telegraph in Hiroshima had gone dark. That was all the information the members of the Army General Staff in Tokyo had. And it was met only with confusion. Then, as strange, scattered reports surfaced, concern crept in. So, a small crew was dispatched to Hiroshima to survey the area and report back. After three hours of flying, and still about 100 miles from the city, they noticed the cloud of smoke.

The destruction heralded by that cloud of smoke can hardly be grasped with statistics or torrents of dire adjectives (the same, of course, goes for the bombing of Nagasaki three days later). Photographs probably can’t even truly do it. But these photographic comparisons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki then and now might be a start. See more at The Guardian.

Hiroshima 1945 Vs Today

Similarly, the Yorozuyo Bridge’s railings protected small sections of the asphalt from being scorched by the light of the bomb. Source: The Guardian

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“Suffragette” And The State Of Modern Feminism

Feminism Still

Carey Mulligan stars in this fall’s Suffragette. Source: Celluloid Junkie

Debates have already sizzled this summer on sexism and feminist themes in blockbusters like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Spy and even Jurassic World. But this fall, a new kind of feminism makes its way to the silver screen in Suffragette, a film based on true events that took place in the British Suffragette movement.

The drama tells the story of an ordinary, genteel-class of British women who risked their jobs, homes, children, and lives in the fight for voting equality at the turn of the 20th century. These radically-charged women employed violence in their protests, asserting that peaceful demonstrations wouldn’t yield the results they wanted.

Films of this kind only come around every so often. They’re encouraging in that they provide perspective on where we’ve come from as women, and allow us to appreciate the dangerous groundwork that feminists have laid in order to grant future generations more agency than they had. These women–whose spirits live on in Suffragette–have provided women with countless opportunities denied to earlier generations, including the right to vote, Title IX, and reproductive rights.

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