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.

Arab Opinions

Two opinion polls on Arab attitudes towards America revealed an unprecedented level of mistrust and opposition towards the policies of the Bush administration
Khaled Dawoud
July 30, 2004

Irish Find Big Challenges Facing Small Languages

Ireland takes its domestic linguistic struggle to the EU
John Murray Brown
August 7, 2004

Rolling Stoned

Hollywood takes a leap forward with its first mainstream film featuring Asian American leads
Seema Sirohi
August 10, 2004

Mapuche Indians in Chile Struggle to Take Back Forests

Indigenous vs. state struggle is complicated by use of “terrorism”
Larry Rohter
August 11, 2004

Asians Offer Region a Lesson – in English

Latin Americans must learn English or continue to lag behind Asia economically
April 25, 2004