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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.

Interview with Henry Kissinger: 'Do We Achieve World Order Through Chaos or Insight?'

Interview with Henry Kissinger: 'Do We Achieve World Order Through Chaos or Insight?'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2014

Henry Kissinger is the most famous and most divisive secretary of state the US has ever had. In an interview, he discusses his new book exploring the crises of our time, from Syria to Ukraine, and the limits of American power. He says he acted in accordance with his convictions in Vietnam. Interview Conducted By Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Battle for Kobani: As the World Watches, Turkey Looks Away

Battle for Kobani: As the World Watches, Turkey Looks Away

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2014

For weeks now, the world has grown worried as Islamic State jihadists have tried to take the Kurdish city of Kobani in Syria. As the US has stepped up airstrikes, Turkey's actions have revealed that it is pursuing its own contradictory political agenda. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

The Last Days of Kobani: A Decisive Battle in the Fight against Islamic State

The Last Days of Kobani: A Decisive Battle in the Fight against Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 13, 2014

Turkey stands by doing nothing while US bombs have been unable to slow down Islamic State fighters: The battle for Kobani has revealed the West's helplessness in the face of radical jihad. Worries of a massacre are growing. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Botched Execution: The Death that Could Kill Lethal Injection

Botched Execution: The Death that Could Kill Lethal Injection

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2014

The horrific execution of Clayton Lockett by lethal injection this spring in Oklahoma took an astonishing 43 minutes to complete. Together with other botched killings, the incident has focused attention on the inexperience and incompetence that now accompanies many executions in America. By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]

Proposal from Oklahoma: Could Nitrogen Asphyxiation Replace Lethal Injection?

Proposal from Oklahoma: Could Nitrogen Asphyxiation Replace Lethal Injection?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 15, 2014

There have been several botched executions by lethal injection this year, turning many Americans against the death penalty. Now an Oklahoma politician wants to put death-row convicts to death using a new method: nitrogen asphyxiation. By Markus Feldenkirchen  in Oklahoma City more... Video | Comment ]

Rosneft President Igor Sechin: 'Russia Didn't Initiate the Ukraine Crisis'

Rosneft President Igor Sechin: 'Russia Didn't Initiate the Ukraine Crisis'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 02, 2014

Igor Sechin, head of the oil giant Rosneft, is considered by many to be the second most powerful man in Russia. In an interview, he speaks with SPIEGEL about natural gas deliveries to Europe, the Ukraine crisis and the damage caused by economic sanctions. Interview Conducted by Gerald Traufetter and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

'We're Like Animals To Them': An American City's Daily Racism

'We're Like Animals To Them': An American City's Daily Racism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 26, 2014

The slaying of an 18-year-old African-American man in Ferguson, Missouri, shows that racism and racial profiling remain a serious everyday problem in some parts of America. Some worry things will never change. By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]

Forgotten in Iraq: Besieged City Faces Destruction by the Islamic State

Forgotten in Iraq: Besieged City Faces Destruction by the Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 25, 2014

The world took notice when the Yazidis needed help. But since June, a Turkmen city in northern Iraq has been under siege by the Islamic State. The death toll continues to mount but, thus far, the people of Amirli have been left to fight the IS on their own. By Christoph Reuter and Jacob Russell more...

Baltic Fears: NATO Debates Directing Missile Shield against Russia

Baltic Fears: NATO Debates Directing Missile Shield against Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 25, 2014

With fears of Moscow growing after its intervention in Ukraine, NATO member states in Eastern Europe would like NATO to direct a planned missile-defense system against Russia as well. The calls have divided the military alliance. more... Comment ]

Burger Blues: Ailing Fair a Measure of German-American Ties

Burger Blues: Ailing Fair a Measure of German-American Ties

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 14, 2014

Berlin is home to an annual fair dedicated to all things Americana. The recent decline of the carnival says a lot about the poor current state of German-American relations. By Simon Pfanzeit more... Comment ]

Global Missionary: John Kerry's Faltering Effort to Redefine US Foreign Policy

Global Missionary: John Kerry's Faltering Effort to Redefine US Foreign Policy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 05, 2014

John Kerry has spent months rushing from one conflict to the next, but has little show for it. His failures are symptomatic of an America that lacks a foreign policy identity -- and of a country that seems uncomfortable with its role as a superpower. By Holger Stark more... Comment ]