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.

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

Slumdog Paradox

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

China’s Quiet Activists

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

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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

Status in the New Asia

In mass, consumers and producers pursue the unique, custom and rare
Roger Cohen
May 14, 2014

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