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.

Olympics in an Age of Global Broadcasting

Playing on a world stage, national pride and distinctiveness come to the fore
Emma Wensing
August 10, 2004

'Bad Press' Causing Headaches for Beijing

Chinese leadership struggles to control freedom of expression
Paul Mooney
July 22, 2004

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

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Resident Non-Immigrants in US: 1 in 4 Is From India

Asians represent half of non-immigrant temporary workers and students in 2012
Chidanand Rajghatta
April 21, 2014

Exploring Spices, We Bring the World to Our Tables

Internet, health reports put a range of spices in demand
Susan Kelleher
April 15, 2014

Somalia in High Speed Internet “Culture Shock”

The service is limited to the capital
Moalimu Mohammed
April 14, 2014

Paying for the Gray

China considers raising its retirement age
April 9, 2014

Saudi Arabia: Atheists Are Terrorists

The nation cracks down on political dissent
Adam Withnall
April 4, 2014

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