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.

Growing Anti-US Sentiments Roil an Old Alliance with South Korea

Washington's policy differences with fledgling Korean democracy require deft handling by leaders on both sides
Sook-Jong Lee
June 8, 2004

The Medium Shapes the Message

US-produced Arabic network unlikely to win hearts and minds of Middle East
Seth Fein
May 7, 2004

Unnoticed, Democracy Gains in Southeast Asia's Islamic Countries

Despite extremist threat, pluralism flourishes in Islamic Indonesia and Malaysia
Goenawan Mohamad
April 16, 2004

The Hollowing-Out of Hollywood

'Runaway productions' boost profits but also take jobs abroad
Christina Klein
April 30, 2004

China's ‘Big Mamas' in a Quandary

Caught between the urge to repress and to make use of the Internet, Beijing sees its power eroded
Paul Mooney
April 12, 2004

China’s Quiet Activists

Work by a network of NGOs to help people without challenging authorities gains new recognition
Shawn Shieh
February 25, 2009

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Incredible Edible Todmorden

Town in England built its identity as community garden
Julian Dobson
January 23, 2014

Going the Distance

Profile of the US president analyzes inequality, human nature’s tendency to ignore long-term implications
David Remnick
January 22, 2014

Chinese Journalists Face Marxist Ideology Exam

The journalist’s job is to afflict the comfortable
Jonathan Kaiman
January 17, 2014

The Plight of the Globe’s Domestic Workers

ILO points out the work category reflects inequality in terms of wages, gender, geographic locale
Susan Froetschel
January 15, 2014

EU Must Open Doors to Avoid Syrian Refugee Catastrophe, Says UN

With no end to civil war in sight, temporary camps are inhumane
Martin Chulov, Harriet Grant
January 14, 2014

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