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.

Interrupting a History of Tolerance – Part III

Saudi Arabia recognizes that religious intolerance is a self-defeating policy
Fahad Nazer
July 26, 2007

Interrupting a History of Tolerance – Part I

External forces promoted anti-Semitism in the Arab world
Riaz Hassan
July 19, 2007

Interrupting a History of Tolerance – Part II

Religion provides little basis for the conflict between Palestinians and Israel
Riaz Hassan
July 24, 2007

The Asia Factor in Global Hollywood

Breaking down the notion of a distinctly American cinema
Christina Klein
March 25, 2003

Jumping on the US Bandwagon for a “War on Terror”

Major US newspapers struggle to eliminate bias and exaggerations in their reports on terror
Susan Moeller
June 21, 2007

Malaysia Backpedals on Modernity

Growing assertiveness of Islamic courts intrudes on the rights of non-Muslims threatening social harmony in the prosperous nation
Sadanand Dhume
May 3, 2007