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.

Unnoticed, Democracy Gains in Southeast Asia's Islamic Countries

Despite extremist threat, pluralism flourishes in Islamic Indonesia and Malaysia
Goenawan Mohamad
April 16, 2004

The Hollowing-Out of Hollywood

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

China's ‘Big Mamas' in a Quandary

Caught between the urge to repress and to make use of the Internet, Beijing sees its power eroded
Paul Mooney
April 12, 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

Paris Attacks: The Global Consequences

Cosmopolitan cities are both vulnerable and resilient against terror
Gideon Rachman
November 16, 2015

Not Just Paris: Why Is Beirut's Brutal Terrorist Attack Ignored?

Regarding some violence as routine is a threat for global security
Anna Lekas Miller
November 16, 2015

Hotspots: Europe Debates Initial Reception Centers for Refugees

Some EU members like Italy fear the centers could become long-term holding centers
Peter Müller
November 4, 2015

China Abandons One-Child Policy

The announcement lifted stock prices for foreign firms that make baby products
October 29, 2015

Islamic Group Blocked From Building “Britain's Biggest Mosque” in London

Strict sect opposes Muslim integration with non-Muslims
Andrew Gilligan
October 28, 2015