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.

Quo Vadis America?

The US can recover from the current mess, but the days of hegemony are over
Immanuel Wallerstein
July 13, 2004

Some Chinese See Positive Lessons in Iraqi 'Torture Gate'

Chinese official media’s attempt to score points against the US is supported by some but derided by others
Anthony J. Spires
May 14, 2004

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

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Are Big, Rich Cities Greener Than Poor Ones?

New urban data sets offer surprising clues
March 17, 2014

You Can Hunt for Flight 370

Satellite company tries crowdsourcing project, but interest is so high, site crashes
Lizzie Crocker
March 12, 2014

Nepal Forces Mount Everest Climbers to Double as Trash Collectors

The extra trash load is equal to about eight large books
Mark Johanson
March 7, 2014

As Africans Surge to Europe’s Door, Spain Locks Down

Barricades, rubber bullets don’t stop the desperate
Suzanne Daley
March 3, 2014

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