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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.

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 ]

Opinion: The Myth of Humane Killing

Opinion: The Myth of Humane Killing

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 29, 2015

Recent events involving a controversial drug, cruel mistakes and arbitrary, last-minute decisions have exposed the United States' system of capital punishment for exactly what it is: a human rights violation unworthy of a democracy. A Commentary By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]

Free Trade Faults: Europeans Fear Wave of Litigation from US Firms

Free Trade Faults: Europeans Fear Wave of Litigation from US Firms

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 26, 2015

With broad public resistance and a European Parliament majority against it, EU officials are rethinking their positions on the proposed free-trade agreement with Washington. Many fear investor protection rules will wreak havoc on national laws. By Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]

Ex-FBI Official: 'We Left Our Most Important Prisoners To Amateurs'

Ex-FBI Official: 'We Left Our Most Important Prisoners To Amateurs'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2015

Former FBI agent Ali Soufan was one of the first to interrogate terror suspects at Guantanamo. He later left the prison and criticized torture methods used by the CIA. He accuses the government of turning interrogations of inmates over to outsourced amateurs. more... Comment ]

Guantanamo Prisoner Diary: 'We're Gonna Teach You About Great American Sex'

Guantanamo Prisoner Diary: 'We're Gonna Teach You About Great American Sex'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2015

Mauritanian national Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been held at Guantanamo for 12 years now without trial and despite a dearth of evidence. A diary he kept of his torture is now being published around the world. SPIEGEL presents some excerpts. By Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]

America's Reserved Air War: Fewer Missions, More Hits against IS

America's Reserved Air War: Fewer Missions, More Hits against IS

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2014

The United States has conducted far fewer sorties in its battle against the terrorist group Islamic State in Syria and Iraq than in previous wars. Military officials claim one reason is a much higher air-strike hit ratio. more...

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 ]