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 Poisonous Legacy of the Iraq War – Part II

Those who blame only the West for Middle East violence should also look closer to home
Husain Haqqani
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The Rise in Extremism – Part II

As fundamentalists in Indonesia strive to control and homogenize Islam, social harmony is the first casualty
Baladas Ghoshal
April 3, 2007

Can Europe Age Gracefully? – Part I

Rejecting Turkey could signal more doubt about the EU's ability to spur reform rather than Turkey's readiness to adapt
Shada Islam
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Child Labor: The Cause Can Also be a Cure

In providing jobs for millions of Africans, the globalized chocolate industry must also avoid engaging child labor
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Was Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon a slickly made Chinese epic or a Hollywood blockbuster painted with a Chinese brush?
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Asian Games: New Gold Standard in Measuring National Will

In athletics or politics, focus and foresight can determine victory
Sadanand Dhume
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