The Gist: Vexillology corner with Ted Kaye, and international criminal court with David Kaye.

Why Two Countries Are Dropping the Union Jack From Their Flags

Why Two Countries Are Dropping the Union Jack From Their Flags

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Feb. 9 2015 5:59 PM

Hit the Road, Union Jack

There are only four nations left with the Union Jack in their flags, and two are dropping the old commonwealth brand.

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Close-up (and color-altered) view of the seal from the current flag of Fiji, adopted on Oct. 10, 1970.

Photo illustration by Slate. Flag via Wikimedia Commons.

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Why is international justice so slow and sclerotic? Today on The Gist. David Kaye, law professor and director of the International Justice Clinic, explains why verdicts are hard to come by in the International Criminal Court. Then, in-house vexillologist Ted Kaye explains how Fiji and New Zealand are dropping the Union Jack from their flags. For more flag news, we strongly recommend subscribing to the Vexilloid Tabloid, the bimonthly newsletter of the Portland Flag Association. For the Spiel, to the South we go.


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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.