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.

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

Insulting Erdogan: Merkel Falls Flat Over Satirical Poem

German chancellor moves ahead with prosecution of comedian who insulted Turkish president
Stefan Kuzmany
April 18, 2016

Panama Papers: Leaks Spur Global Investigations

Political leaders and family members are on list of those accused of avoiding taxes
April 4, 2016

Rohingya Left Behind in Myanmar's Power Transition

Minority Muslims are denied citizenship, education and opportunity
Lucy Kafanov
April 1, 2016

China’s NGOs Go Global

Controls and close ties with the Chinese state may limit the NGOs’ influence
Reza Hasmath
March 23, 2016

Denmark the “Happiest Country” and Burundi the “Least Happy”

Citizens worldwide expect happiness to be a government priority – and compare policies
March 21, 2016