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.

Slumdog Paradox

Every city, every nation, has its riches and flaws – and globalization exposes them all
Sadanand Dhume
February 4, 2009

Headscarf Ban Misses the Point

France's proposed law illustrates cultural divide between the state and its Islamic population
Shada Islam
January 30, 2004


Venezuela's President Blames Soap Operas for Crime

His opponents suspect scapegoating and censorship
Fabiola Sanchez
January 28, 2014

What AAP Should Know

Racism is not a viable political strategy
Nayan Chanda
January 27, 2014

Fars News Agency: The US Is Secretly Run by Nazi Space Aliens

Interviewer skeptical about claims that aliens “don’t interfere with our affairs” unless invited
Max Fisher
January 24, 2014

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