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.

Cuba: Transforming a Revolution

Castro and Obama balance gradual normalization with showing benefits for both US and Cuba
Patricia Alejandro
July 23, 2015

When Christian Power Was Arrayed Against a Judeo-Muslim Ideology

Judeo-Muslim multicultural bonds were tested by Christian Portuguese rulers in 16th century India
Jonathan Gil Harris
July 30, 2015

Desperate Millions Flee Poverty, Persecution and Inequality

Nations must tackle root causes of disorderly migration – or expect more economic crises and armed conflict
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller
June 11, 2015

Nepal Earthquake: Prelude to Bigger Disaster?

Poverty, weak governance, unchecked urbanization increase Himalaya region’s vulnerability to earthquakes and other natural disasters
Alark Saxena
June 2, 2015

Free-Wheeling Web Commentary Challenges Media's Traditional Power

Blogs continue to wield influence; governments and bloggers could coordinate on regulations to increase the potential
Nayef Al-Rodhan
March 31, 2015

Why the West Is Losing the Battle Against Radical Islam

The US and Europe fail to summon the courage to criticize Saudi Arabia or toxic Wahhabism
Azeem Ibrahim
February 26, 2015

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Chinese Are Celebrating Lunar New Year by Escaping China

Dong Lyu and Bruce Einhorn
January 27, 2017

Worldwide, People Rally in Support of Women’s March on Washington

More than 650 sister marches around the globe joined the protest
Karla Adam
January 23, 2017

The Search for a Past

After a long search for birth parents in China, a woman prepares an online manual to help others
Cathy Shufro
January 12, 2017

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