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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.

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 Klußmann 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 ]

Corporation Carte Blanche: Will US-EU Trade Become Too Free?

Corporation Carte Blanche: Will US-EU Trade Become Too Free?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2014

Opposition to the planned new trans-Atlantic free trade agreement is growing. So far, criticism has focused on the fact that the deal seems directed exclusively at economic interests. Now fears are growing that corporations will be given too much power. By Michaela Schiessl more... Comment ]

Hope in Montreux? A Starting Point for Peace in Syria

Hope in Montreux? A Starting Point for Peace in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2014

Violence in Syria has been appalling in the run up to this week's peace talks in Switzerland, where rebel and government representatives are to sit down together. Secret meetings in recent months give cause for hope. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

'The Americans Lied': Trans-Atlantic 'No-Spy' Deal on the Rocks

'The Americans Lied': Trans-Atlantic 'No-Spy' Deal on the Rocks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 15, 2014

Last summer, German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised her citizens a pact which would prohibit US spying on German citizens. But since then, Washington has shown little interest in pursuing such a treaty. Now, officials in Germany fear the deal is dead. By Veit Medick and Annett Meiritz more... Comment ]

Crisis Management: Europe Eyes Anglo-Saxon Model with Envy

Crisis Management: Europe Eyes Anglo-Saxon Model with Envy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 06, 2014

Should the European Central Bank follow the Anglo-Saxon model and buy up vast quantities of sovereign bonds in attempt to finally overcome the euro crisis? ECB head Mario Draghi is under pressure to act now. But what are his options? By Henrik Müller more... Comment ]

NSA's Secret Toolbox: Unit Offers Spy Gadgets for Every Need

NSA's Secret Toolbox: Unit Offers Spy Gadgets for Every Need

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 30, 2013

The NSA has a secret unit that produces special equipment ranging from spyware for computers and cell phones to listening posts and USB sticks that work as bugging devices. Here are some excerpts from the intelligence agency's own catalog. more... Comment ]

Shopping for Spy Gear: Catalog Advertises NSA Toolbox

Shopping for Spy Gear: Catalog Advertises NSA Toolbox

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 29, 2013

After years of speculation that electronics can be accessed by intelligence agencies through a back door, an internal NSA catalog reveals that such methods already exist for numerous end-user devices. By Jacob Appelbaum, Judith Horchert and Christian Stöcker more... Comment ]

Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit

Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 29, 2013

The NSA's TAO hacking unit is considered to be the intelligence agency's top secret weapon. It maintains its own covert network, infiltrates computers around the world and even intercepts shipping deliveries to plant back doors in electronics ordered by those it is targeting. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]