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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.

Obama Advisor John Podesta: 'Every Country Has a History of Going Over the Line'

Obama Advisor John Podesta: 'Every Country Has a History of Going Over the Line'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2014

Instead of a no-spy deal, the US has begun a Cyber Dialogue with Germany. In a SPIEGEL interview, John Podesta, a special advisor to President Barack Obama, speaks of the balance between alliances and security and says that changes are being made to NSA espionage practices. Interview Conducted by Susanne Koelbl and Marcel Rosenbach more... Comment ]

Shot in Missoula: The Tragic Death of a German Exchange Student

Shot in Missoula: The Tragic Death of a German Exchange Student

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 07, 2014

Diren D., a German high school student from Hamburg, wanted to get a taste of American freedom during an exchange year abroad. Instead, he ended up dead. Are American gun laws to blame? By Karin Assmann, Marc Hujer, Fidelius Schmid and Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor: 'Sometimes You Have To Do the Unexpected'

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor: 'Sometimes You Have To Do the Unexpected'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 02, 2014

In a SPIEGEL interview, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor discusses her childhood in the Bronx, the challenges she faced in a legal world dominated by men and why life on America's highest court is more difficult than she thought it would be. Interview by Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

'A'áfor Angela: GCHQ and NSA Targeted Private German Companies and Merkel

'A'áfor Angela: GCHQ and NSA Targeted Private German Companies and Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 29, 2014

Documents show that Britain's GCHQ intelligence service infiltrated German Internet firms and America's NSA obtained a court order to spy on Germany and collected information about the chancellor in a special database. Is it time for the country to open a formal espionage investigation? By Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Hamid'sáShadow: Karzai Confidant Takes Aim at Afghan Presidency

Hamid'sáShadow: Karzai Confidant Takes Aim at Afghan Presidency

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 27, 2014

Zalmai Rassoul has long been a close political ally of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Now, he is campaigning to succeed his mentor. With Karzai backing Rassoul, many believe the outgoing leader is seeking to retain his influence. By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

'Dear to Our Hearts': The Crimean Crisis from the Kremlin's Perspective

'Dear to Our Hearts': The Crimean Crisis from the Kremlin's Perspective

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 25, 2014

The EU and US have come down hard on Russia for its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. But from the perspective of the Kremlin, it is the West that has painted Putin into a corner. And the Russian president will do what it takes to free himself. By Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Former NSA Director: 'Shame On Us'

Former NSA Director: 'Shame On Us'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 24, 2014

In a SPIEGEL interview, former NSA director Michael Hayden, 69, discusses revelations of US spying on Germany made public in documents leaked by Edward Snowden, surveillance against German leaders and tensions between Berlin and Washington. Interview Conducted By Marc Hujer and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Targeting Huawei: NSA Spied on Chinese Government and Networking Firm

Targeting Huawei: NSA Spied on Chinese Government and Networking Firm

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 22, 2014

According to documents viewed by SPIEGEL, America'a NSA intelligence agency put considerable efforts into spying on Chinese politicians and firms. One major target was Huawei, a company that is fast becoming a major Internet player. more... Comment ]

Chess in a Minefield: The Global Implications of the Ukraine Conflict

Chess in a Minefield: The Global Implications of the Ukraine Conflict

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 20, 2014

The bloody conflict in Ukraine could trigger yet another confrontation between the West and Russia. Dominance in Europe is at stake on the geopolitical chess board. While Ukraine itself could descend into civil war. By Uwe Klu▀mann more... Comment ]

NSA Scandal: Kerry To Visit Berlin To Rebuild Trust

NSA Scandal: Kerry To Visit Berlin To Rebuild Trust

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 29, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry plans to visit Berlin on Friday in an attempt to repair the damage done by the NSA spying scandal. German officials aren't expecting any official apology, and the trip comes at a difficult time in trans-Atlantic ties. By Gregor Peter Schmitz and Matthias Gebauer more... Comment ]