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.

Some Chinese See Positive Lessons in Iraqi 'Torture Gate'

Chinese official media’s attempt to score points against the US is supported by some but derided by others
Anthony J. Spires
May 14, 2004

Growing Anti-US Sentiments Roil Alliance With South Korea

Washington's policy differences with fledgling Korean democracy require deft handling by leaders on both sides
Sook-Jong Lee
June 8, 2004

The Medium Shapes the Message

US-produced Arabic network unlikely to win hearts and minds of Middle East
Seth Fein
May 7, 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

Democracy Gains in Southeast Asia's Islamic Nations

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

Black Lives Matter Is a Global Cause

Protests in other countries reflect deep concerns over inequality
Ishaan Tharoor
July 13, 2016

Chinese Language Newspapers in Australia

Non-Chinese speakers don’t realize how much propaganda is released within their own borders
Kelsey Munro and Philip Wen
July 13, 2016

Want Better Cities?

6,000 years of data could offer new insights and lessons for urban planners
Liz Stinson
July 8, 2016

Youth to Foot Bill for Baby Boomer Budget Incompetency

Budget deficits – and failure to invest in education and infrastructure – are a tax on the young
Jessica Irvine
July 1, 2016

The Great Escape

Migration is a response to conflict, climate change and poverty
Robert Winder
June 22, 2016