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.

Surrogacy: Human Right or Reproductive Exploitation?

Wild variation in regulations worldwide ensure that surrogacy is both human right and exploitation
Joseph Chamie and Barry Mirkin
October 28, 2014

New Theater of Cruelty: Beheadings Demand Civilization’s Response

Civilization must reclaim global imagination, inspire on its potential in responding to Islamic State’s cruelties
Joji Sakurai
October 9, 2014

Silk Road Diplomacy – Twists, Turns and Distorted History

China harkens the Silk Road in foreign policy initiatives, but the history is less benign
Tansen Sen
September 23, 2014

Italy and Japan: Troubled Twins of Globalization

In separate quests for beauty and perfection, Japanese and Italians are lulled into provincial trapt
Joji Sakurai
August 26, 2014

Illegal Immigration Illogic

With loose enforcement, implicit message on immigration: if you make it, you can stay
Joseph Chamie
July 22, 2014

The Islamic World and the West: Recovering Common History

Europe overlooks long history of good exchanges with Arab-Islamic world and encourages defensive posture
Nayef Al-Rodhan
July 15, 2014

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The World Is Watching America's Election

Voters line up at the polls, and US leaders could show that democracy still works
Frida Ghitis
November 8, 2016

In the Art World, Globalism’s New Spin

The Museum of Modern Art and others expand global consciousness through art
Holland Cotter
November 7, 2016

The Rise and Rise of Fake News

Journalists and readers alike must sharpen their critical reading skills
November 7, 2016

The Secret Eye Inside Mosul

Blogger risks life to document city life under ISIS rule
Robin Wright
November 2, 2016

Top-Down, Bottom-Up Urban Design

Climate change, big data and informality shape cities
Elizabeth Greenspan
October 25, 2016

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