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Single Power

As the world's largest economy and strongest military, the United States emerged as the single superpower following the Cold War and launched the global War on Terror after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington. Wielding more than just hard power, the US is also a leading entertainment exporter.

Trump Foreign Policy Advisor: 'Americans Are Fed Up With the Bullshit'

Trump Foreign Policy Advisor: 'Americans Are Fed Up With the Bullshit'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 15, 2016

In an interview with SPIEGEL, Donald Trump advisor Mike Flynn explains why the presumptive Republican Party presidential candidate admires authoritarian leaders and considers the US foreign policy of recent years to be a disaster. more... Comment ]

Within Reach: Gloria Steinem's Life-Long Fight for Women's Rights

Within Reach: Gloria Steinem's Life-Long Fight for Women's Rights

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 06, 2016

In the 1960s, Gloria Steinem became the icon of the women's movement and she hasn't slowed down since. Now, the US may elect a female president for the first time in its history. Has feminism finally reached its goal? By Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

America's Last Hope: Can Clinton's Reason Defeat Trump's Rage?

America's Last Hope: Can Clinton's Reason Defeat Trump's Rage?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 23, 2016

The bloody attack in Orlando has fueled Donald Trump's campaign of fear and exclusion. Hillary Clinton is the only one left who can stop him, but she is deeply unpopular and many Americans don't trust her. Is she electable? By Holger Stark more... Comment ]

CNN Host on US Election: 'It's Gonna Be Really Nasty'

CNN Host on US Election: 'It's Gonna Be Really Nasty'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2016

SPIEGEL talks to Jake Tapper, CNN's Chief Political Correspondent, about the resentments fueling Donald Trump, the media's easy treatment of the candidates and why this election is about to get very dirty. Interview Conducted by Gordon Repinski and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

'No Editorial Content, No Fact-Checking': CNN Anchor Criticizes US Coverage of Trump

'No Editorial Content, No Fact-Checking': CNN Anchor Criticizes US Coverage of Trump

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 03, 2016

In an excerpt from a SPIEGEL interview, CNN's chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper, criticizes the American media for its kid-glove treatment of likely Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. He warns we should brace for a "nasty" election. By Gordon Repinski and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Obama's Anti-Islamic State Envoy: 'We Have Exposed Their Lies'

Obama's Anti-Islamic State Envoy: 'We Have Exposed Their Lies'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 30, 2016

The US has scored some successes against the Islamic State with the deployment of special forces. In a SPIEGEL interview, President Obama's anti-IS envoy Brett McGurk says the terrorist militia is shrinking and calls for help from NATO in battling the Islamists. Interview Conducted By Matthias Gebauer more... Comment ]

Blowing the Whistle: Former US Official Reveals Risks Faced by Internal Critics

Blowing the Whistle: Former US Official Reveals Risks Faced by Internal Critics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 22, 2016

US President Barack Obama has said that Edward Snowden should have used official channels instead of taking NSA spying public. Now, a former high-ranking US government official has revealed how the Pentagon retaliates against internal critics. By Mark Hertsgaard, Felix Kasten, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

An Exhausted Democracy: Donald Trump and the New American Nationalism

An Exhausted Democracy: Donald Trump and the New American Nationalism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 17, 2016

Is America capable of preventing Donald Trump from coming to power? Although the candidate is himself no fascist, his campaign has certainly shown plenty of parallels. An Essay By Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Free Tradeoffs: TTIP is Flawed -- But Necessary

Free Tradeoffs: TTIP is Flawed -- But Necessary

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2016

The planned TTIP free trade agreement between Europe and the United States has generated significant backlash for good reasons. But it's time for Europeans to get on board, or risk being left behind. A Commentary By Michael Sauga more...

The TTIPing Point: Protests Threaten Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal

The TTIPing Point: Protests Threaten Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 06, 2016

An unprecedented protest movement of a scope not seen since the Iraq war in Germany has pushed negotiations over the TTIP trans-Atlantic free trade agreement to the brink of collapse. The demonstrations are characterized by a level of professionalism not previously seen. By Dinah Deckstein, Simone Salden and Michaela Schießl more... Comment ]