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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.

New Lives in Uruguay: Freedom Elusive after 12 Years at Guantanamo

New Lives in Uruguay: Freedom Elusive after 12 Years at Guantanamo

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 21, 2015

Six former Guantanamo prisoners have been sharing a house in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo for the last six months. The planned closure of the US detention facility could†hinge on the outcome of this experiment. By Marian Blasberg in Montevideo, Uruguay more... Comment ]

The Spy Next Door: The Double Life of Agent Jack Barsky

The Spy Next Door: The Double Life of Agent Jack Barsky

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 19, 2015

An East German national spent two decades spying for the KGB in the United States before his capture, establishing two families in two countries and leading a complicated double life. The story of how a former communist became the guy next door. By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

Betrayal and Betrayers: Merkel's Risky Silence in the NSA Scandal

Betrayal and Betrayers: Merkel's Risky Silence in the NSA Scandal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 14, 2015

While Chancellor Angela Merkel remains tight-lipped about the German intelligence scandal, her second-in-command is casting her in an increasingly unflattering light by opening up. A Commentary By Klaus Brinkbšumer more... Comment ]

Take Two: A New Hillary for a Fresh White House Bid

Take Two: A New Hillary for a Fresh White House Bid

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 23, 2015

Hillary Clinton wants to do almost everything differently in her second run for the presidency. She's showing a more modest, warm-hearted and female side than ever before, and many argue she would make a good president. Can she charm America? By Markus Feldenkirchen and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Geopolitical Tremors: America, Nuclear Talks and the New Middle East

Geopolitical Tremors: America, Nuclear Talks and the New Middle East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2015

The US is rethinking its approach to the Middle East and has even found commonalities with erstwhile archenemy Iran. Meanwhile, relations with traditional American allies, such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, are cooling. A nuclear deal could further the shift. more... Comment ]

Medieval Fantasies? Islamic State Pursues Apocalyptic Logic

Medieval Fantasies? Islamic State Pursues Apocalyptic Logic

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 19, 2015

Islamic State is making headlines by destroying historical artifacts in Iraq. But far from being an expression of medieval nihilism, the campaign on culture is a strategy aimed at drawing the West into battle. The destruction is reminiscent of that wrought by the US. An Essay By Georg Diez more... Comment ]

Breedlove's Bellicosity: Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine

Breedlove's Bellicosity: Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 06, 2015

US President Obama supports Chancellor Merkel's efforts at finding a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis. But hawks in Washington seem determined to torpedo Berlin's approach. And NATO's top commander in Europe hasn't been helping either. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Tomorrowland: How Silicon Valley Shapes Our Future

Tomorrowland: How Silicon Valley Shapes Our Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 04, 2015

In the Silicon Valley, a new elite is forming that wants to determine not only what we consume, but also the way we live. They want to change the world, but they don't want to accept any rules. Do they need to be reined in? By Thomas Schulz more... Comment ]

The Warming World: Is Capitalism Destroying Our Planet?

The Warming World: Is Capitalism Destroying Our Planet?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 25, 2015

World leaders decided in Copenhagen that global warming should be limited to 2 degrees Celsius. Achieving that target, though, would take nothing less than a miracle. With another round of climate negotiations approaching, it is becoming increasingly clear that mankind has failed to address its most daunting problem. By Alexander Jung, Horand Knaup, Samiha Shafy and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Nuclear Specter Returns: 'Threat of War Is Higher than in the Cold War'

Nuclear Specter Returns: 'Threat of War Is Higher than in the Cold War'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 13, 2015

The Ukraine crisis has dramatically worsened relations between NATO and Russia. With cooperation on nuclear security now suspended and the lack of a "red telephone," experts at the Munich Security Conference warn any escalation in tensions could grow deadly. By Markus Becker in Munich more... Comment ]

'Uncertain Radiological Threat': US Navy Sailors Search for Justice after Fukushima Mission

'Uncertain Radiological Threat': US Navy Sailors Search for Justice after Fukushima Mission

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 05, 2015

In March of 2011, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan rushed to Japan to help after the disastrous tsunami. Since then, many sailors from that ship have fallen ill, possibly as a result of exposure to radiation from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. They will soon have their day in court. By Alexander Osang more... Comment ]