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.

Cannes, a k a Asia West

Asian films grab all the attention at this year's Cannes Film Festival
A. O. Scott
May 21, 2004

Egyptians decry 'gay' U.S. abusers in Iraq

But rights advocates warn against equating homosexuality with torture
Patrick Letellier
May 17, 2004

Liverpool Bid

Many Thais reluctant to approve PM’s investment in English team
May 19, 2004

Islam and West: Time for Enlightened Moderation

Pakistani president presents an exit plan for the divisions between Middle East and West
Pervez Musharraf
June 2, 2004

Gay Asylum-Seeker Rejected as Too Butch

To earn refuge, gay men are forced to act a stereotype
Ben Townley
May 5, 2004