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.

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Chinese leadership struggles to control freedom of expression
Paul Mooney
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Olympics in an Age of Global Broadcasting

Playing on a world stage, national pride and distinctiveness come to the fore
Emma Wensing
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Coping with World Population Boom and Bust – Part I

With populations booming in the less developed world, migration pressures will increase
Joseph Chamie
August 19, 2004

Why Does Hollywood Dominate US Cinemas?

A new generation of foreign films that combine Hollywood and art-house conventions has stymied American distributors
Christina Klein
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Quo Vadis America?

The US can recover from the current mess, but the days of hegemony are over
Immanuel Wallerstein
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Growing Anti-US Sentiments Roil an Old Alliance with South Korea

Washington's policy differences with fledgling Korean democracy require deft handling by leaders on both sides
Sook-Jong Lee
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How the Piano Became Chinese

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Disparate laws challenge border enforcement
Ahmed Elumami and Marton Dunai
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Inside the Migrant "Jungle" in Northern France

Refugees leave all behind to flee brutalities in their homelands
Peter Wieben
August 26, 2015

Denmark: First EU Country Planning to Run Anti-Refugee Adverts in Foreign Papers

Far-right parties gain traction by opposing immigration of desperate refugees
Emmanuel Akinwotu
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History and diverse beliefs threaten the Islamic State
Kareem Shaheen and Ian Black
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