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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.

'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 ]

Wiretapped: Israel Eavesdropped on John Kerry in Mideast Talks

Wiretapped: Israel Eavesdropped on John Kerry in Mideast Talks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 03, 2014

New information indicates that Israeli intelligence eavesdropped on telephone conversations by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Sources told SPIEGEL the government then used the information obtained from the calls during negotiations in the Mideast conflict. more... Comment ]

Cold Paradise: US Struggles with Wave of Underage Immigrants

Cold Paradise: US Struggles with Wave of Underage Immigrants

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 30, 2014

Fleeing violence back home, tens of thousands of children and youth are fleeing Central America for the United States, many unaccompanied by a parent. The influx has bent US asylum policy to the breaking point. By Markus Feldenkirchen and Jens Glüsing in McAllen, Texas and La Ceira, Honduras more... Comment ]

US Loses Patience with Europe: Washington Wants Tough Russia Sanctions

US Loses Patience with Europe: Washington Wants Tough Russia Sanctions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 22, 2014

Following the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine, calls are growing in Washington for tough sanctions against Moscow. Many European governments are still hesitating, paving the way for the next big trans-Atlantic row. By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

Retaliation for Spying: Germany Asks CIA Official to Leave Country

Retaliation for Spying: Germany Asks CIA Official to Leave Country

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 10, 2014

In what amounts to a diplomatic earthquake, Berlin has asked the country's top CIA official to leave Germany. The measures comes in response to the second allegation in a week of a German government employee spying for the US. more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with Hillary Clinton: 'Surveillance on Merkel's Phone Was Absolutely Wrong'

SPIEGEL Interview with Hillary Clinton: 'Surveillance on Merkel's Phone Was Absolutely Wrong'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2014

In an interview, Hillary Clinton discusses the growing gap between the rich and poor that threatens democracy, Americans' discontent with politics, her regrets over NSA spying on Chancellor Merkel's mobile phone and her potential presidential candidacy. Interview Conducted By Marc Hujer and Holger Stark more... Comment ]