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.

The Hollowing-Out of Hollywood

'Runaway productions' boost profits but also take jobs abroad
Christina Klein
April 30, 2004

China’s Quiet Activists

Work by a network of NGOs to help people without challenging authorities gains new recognition
Shawn Shieh
February 25, 2009

Slumdog Paradox

Every city, every nation, has its riches and flaws – and globalization exposes them all
Sadanand Dhume
February 4, 2009

Headscarf Ban Misses the Point

France's proposed law illustrates cultural divide between the state and its Islamic population
Shada Islam
January 30, 2004

Europe Trades Blame as Migrants' Bodies Pulled From Mediterranean

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
August 20, 2015

Beheaded Syrian Scholar Refused to Lead ISIS to Hidden Palmyra Antiquities

History and diverse beliefs threaten the Islamic State
Kareem Shaheen and Ian Black
August 19, 2015