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.

Obama Visits a Mosque to Send Pointed Message to Non-Muslims

“An attack on one faith is an attack on all”
Roberta Rampton
February 4, 2016

Analysis: Iran Deals May Not Herald Rapid Changes

Trust levels remain low
Adam Schreck
January 18, 2016

Al Jazeera America Will Shut Down Its Cable TV Network in April

Low oil prices and competitive US television market did not help
Stephen Battaglio
January 14, 2016

In Final State of the Union, Obama Lays Out “4 Big Questions” for Future

Obama tackles long-term global challenges and reminds that the country is on a world stage
Gregory Korte
January 13, 2016

Filipino Catholic Church Continues to Fight Family Planning

Health officials estimate 70 percent of pregnancies are terminated because parents cannot afford children
Marilen J. Danguilan
January 13, 2016