... 1905, the 1st World Congress of Esperanto, "a neutral, international language" devised as a 2d-tongue-for-all in 1887, opened in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. Esperantists, as they call themselves, are "are internationally minded, concerned about social justice and peace, and are helping to preserve linguistic diversity." One thus suspects that these words -- "Mi estas multe pli internacia ol vi!" -- "I am more international than you!" -- are heard often where the Esperanto flag (left) is flown.
... 2000, in a Shari'a court in the Zamfara state of Nigeria, a woman named Amina Abdullahi was sentenced to 100 lashes for having had an extramarital affair. Among those citing the case was the U.S. State Department's 2001 country report on Nigeria.