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


Anti-Semitism Rises in Europe Amid Israel-Gaza Conflict

Extreme hate speech is too common
Melissa Eddy
August 5, 2014

The Social Laboratory

Singapore tries surveillance to achieve harmony – but whose version?
Shane Harris
August 4, 2014

Big Projects Face Growing Resistance

German politicians blame aging population and not priorities or cost over-runs
Sven Böll, Horand Knaup and Paul Middelhoff
July 16, 2014

Brazil Child Sex Trade Raises Alarm as World Cup Nears

Child sex trade follows tourism
Super User
June 5, 2014

Protesters Turn Back Busloads of Immigrants in California

The US struggles to prevent migrant children from traveling to the US alone
Ricardo Cano
July 2, 2014