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 Spread of Wahhabism and the West’s Responsibility to the World

Support for dictators, limited education, inequality contributed to the extremism
Karen Armstrong
December 28, 2015

Coalition of the Unwilling: Merkel's Plan B Could Mean End of Schengen

Attempts to contain refugees may result in new bottlenecks for all travelers
Peter Müller, Ralf Neukirch and Andreas Ulrich
December 11, 2015

The World Reacts to Candidate’s Proposed Ban on Muslims Entering US

Global observers trust Americans to push back hard against angry rhetoric on religion
Annie Gowen
December 8, 2015

How the One-Child Policy Changed China

Countries with aging populations will rethink standards on work, social insurance and pensions
Aileen Clarke
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Iran Unveils Western Art Largely Unseen Since 1979

Modern art of the West influenced Iranian artist Farideh Lashai
Kia Makarechi
November 26, 2015