Globalization wields powerful influence over societies and cultures. Business travelers and tourists both observe and distribute new ideas. New ideas, interactions, foods and products are tried, then embraced or discarded. With the internet or satellite television, films, publications, photographs, news reports and cartoons can travel instantly, entertaining or angering audiences around the globe. With social media like Facebook or Twitter, individuals offer news and own instant pronouncements on trends. Whether slowly through immigration or immediately online, these connections bring about some convergence of norms on fashion to human rights while also provoking challenges from traditionalists. A global society has emerged, and it’s tightly linked.

Publish and Perish: Long Arm of Chinese Censors Reach Across Borders

China, detaining Hong Kong booksellers, demonstrates insecurity, willingness to enforce its laws across borders
Frank Ching
January 28, 2016

Abe and Blair: Political Apologies, East and West

Globalized demands for justice elicit national apologies: Abe’s for WWII sex slavery, Blair’s for Iraq War intelligence
Joji Sakurai
January 26, 2016

Number of Workers per Retiree Declines Worldwide

Government policies must address a declining potential support ratio, workers to retirees, to promote economic and social well-being
Joseph Chamie
December 22, 2015

ISIS Rampage: A Threat to Cultural Heritage That Belongs to All

The world must find ways to intervene and protect antiquities when nation-states cannot do so
James Cuno
November 26, 2015

Double Jeopardy: Russia Strives to Reintegrate With the West

Russia strayed from globalization, and the West can help encourage the nation to return to the fold
Ashkhen Kazaryan
November 24, 2015

Pacific Trade Deal Needs to Harmonize With Sustainable Development Goals

Transpacific Partnership boosts UN Sustainable Development Goals in some ways and undermines them in others
Shuaihua Wallace Cheng
October 22, 2015

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The Search for a Past

After a long search for birth parents in China, a woman prepares an online manual to help others
Cathy Shufro
January 12, 2017

More Chinese Are Sending Younger Children to Schools in US

Parents appreciate the independent thinking and opportunities
Miriam Jordan
January 5, 2017

Algorithms Are Making US Small-Minded

Computer programs try to please but put users on narrow paths
Sydney Finkelstein
January 3, 2017

To Save Global Liberalism, Time to Look Beyond Government

Global groups cannot wait for governments to solve problems
Peter Westmacott
January 3, 2017

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