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.

UN Reviews Development Goals, But Again Ignores Population Growth

UN sustainability goals should not overlook population growth centered in the poor, least developed countries
Joseph Chamie
September 22, 2015

New Delhi’s Soft Power Push

Under Modi, India cultivates and promotes soft power of Bollywood, Sanskrit, yoga and democracy
Harsh V. Pant
August 20, 2015

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
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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

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