World of Grief and Doubt After an Adoptee’s Death by By RACHEL L. SWARNS and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN, NY Times

Issues of culture, diplomacy, expectations, and child rearing often emerge in international adoption cases.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/01/us/widening-ripples-of-grief-in-adoptees-death.html

Conflict in Syria: Cultural Roots

There are many good sources that look at the roots of the conflict in Syria. Here are a few:

TED Found in Translation Sessions: Pico Iyer

“In this Found in Translation Session, Pico leads a discussion on whether foreignness exists. The tension between expanded technology, more interaction, more mixing of languages, and the concept that finding places that are truly foreign is getting more and more difficult. But is the world growing homogeneously or is it in fact as full of foreignness and distance as it ever was? The translators offer a unique position as their work with TED Talks helps to preserve or revive languages and culture that have been threatened by politics or demographics.”

http://www.ted.com/pages/partners_skype_iyer