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Darrell Rivers

Darrell Rivers
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Olympic Flag Guide - Sochi 2014
 Sochi 2014 
Flags have been a lifelong obsession of mine, and I thought it would be fitting to again write on the very event that sparked my love of flags: the Olympic Parade of Nations.Before the last Olympics I wrote an article outlining… Read full post »
JANUARY 8, 2013 6:11PM

A Scouting Civil War: The Gay Ban

The Impending Scouting Civil War

The first shots of an impending civil war within America's largest Scouting organization were fired by Mount Diablo-Silverado Council near San Francisco in California today. The "Gay Ban" by the Boy Scouts of America has driven its first council to "directly c… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2012 2:36PM

An End to Gay Discrimination in Scouting


An End to Discrimination in Scouting:
A Treatise on Recent BSA Policies
 
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I have remained silent on the issue for quite a while, giving my opinion to a select few, but I might as well come out of the proverbial closet with my stance on

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OCTOBER 1, 2012 5:31PM

Aleppo: The Cost of War in Syria

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Consistently in modern conflicts, the great monuments of antiquity become collateral damage once shots are fired. In losing historic sites we lose our link to the past and the most direct records of our heritage. History has always been one of the first victims of tRead full post »
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SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 7:14PM

Raising the Black Flag: US Embassy Attacks

Raising the Black Flag 
 
HistoricInsights.blogspot.com 

       Prompted by the harsh reaction to recent film depicting the Prophet Muhammad, protests have erupted all over the Arab World. These violent protests and subsequent attacks came into the internatiRead full post »
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SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 1:55PM

The Iraqi Flag: Seeds of Disunity

The Iraqi Flag: Seeds of Disunity

Vexillological Observations from the Iraqi Embassy

 

HistoricInsights.blogspot.com 

 

Amidst the internal strife that continues to build once again in Iraq, I would like to bring to light one of the many issues sowing the seeds of disunity in Iraq.&/

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AUGUST 8, 2012 1:31PM

Berlusconi: Next Emperor of Italy (According to Flags)

Aside from bunga bunga, the next thing former Italian President Silvio Berlusconi is going after in the near future is the office of the President of Italy. Taking that into consideration I have gone further down the vexillological rabbit hole, delving deeper into the/… Read full post »

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AUGUST 6, 2012 2:53PM

The Free Syria Flag - Colors of the Arab Spring

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The convulsions of the Arab Spring, and the persistent atmosphere of woe and chaos, continue without abatement across the Middle East. It has brought with it copious attention from the media and the cavalcade of analysts that are trotted out to bring their interpretation of events to thRead full post »

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JULY 31, 2012 10:31AM

Upside Down Flags - Gay Pride and the Philippines

Upside Down Flags

I get overly excited when flags have exciting special features, its like a hidden easter egg in a movie for me. I read about, collect, and occasionally fly various flags from all over the world, and when a flag has a hidden meaning, it becomes so much… Read full post »

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JULY 27, 2012 1:01PM

Olympic Flag Debuts - London 2012

The Olympics have always been a recurring ode to national pride. A time when countries send forth their greatest athletes under their chosen flags and banners. At this thirtieth Olympiad we will see a number of flags making their international debut, with many fleeting governments having changedRead full post »

The convulsions of the Arab Spring, and the persistent atmosphere of woe and chaos, continue without abatement across the Middle East. It has brought with it copious attention from the media and the cavalcade of analysts that are trotted out to bring their interpretation of events to the public at

Read full post »