User Profile: Sandra Alexander
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U.S. President Donald Trump is making the Syrian disaster even worse with his chaotic policy. [Read more]
From now on, madman Trump can no longer rule the political stage alone. [Read more]
Trump does not think like a president, he thinks instead like a speculator. [Read more]
Such a president is also dangerous for the U.S. and the world. [Read more]
The narcissist in the White House urgently needs pretty pictures in the middle of his term. [Read more]
The investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller is moving increasingly close to the White House. [Read more]
[B]ecause the world won’t play along, Trump needs to get creative. And he is. [Read more]
The superpower feels threatened and is fighting for its special status. [Read more]
'[A] job that was once a ticket to Washington royalty has recently become a laughingstock.' [Read more]
In Trump’s strongholds in Ohio and Michigan, of all places, the lights are set to go out in several plants because costs are skyrocketing. [Read more]
[T]he president of the United States is essentially one thing: a coward.
Donald Trump attacks a commander who dared to criticize him. Trump considers anyone that is not for him an enemy. [Read more]
Never before did so many women run for office; never before did so many win.
Right-wing extremism is not just the folklore of crackpots. [Read more]
Will Trump’s campaign of fear meet with success? [Read more]
To be sure, he professes to appeal to the unity of U.S. citizens, but in fact, evokes the exact opposite. [Read more]
Moscow warned against ending the disarmament treaty and can thus almost portray itself as a peacemaker... Nevertheless, Moscow is not offering a way out of the controversy. [Read more]
[U]nder Trump, the moral superiority of the U.S. has given way to boundless relativism. [Read more]
Without having any idea what a new world order might look like, he tears down the old world order that had been shaped by the West. [Read more]
<i>Reality stars get together: Kim Kardashian visits the U.S. president in the White House with a serious request.</i>
You can talk about one White House summit that definitely took place in 2018: The self-proclaimed, most successful reality TV star of all time met the most successful reality TV star not living in [Read more]
<i>With the cancellation of the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, the hope for greater security in Southeast Asia is gone.</i>
It is unfortunate that President Donald Trump and the North Korean head of state Kim Jong Un will not meet as planned in June. The talks could have been a beginning. Initially, [Read more]
Trump’s kind of reasoning will not succeed in the Middle East. [Read more]
Trump’s haphazard, even dangerous, foreign policy has led to “America First” no longer being valid, but rather, it is “America Alone.” [Read more]
[S]ince Trump took office, the power of the dollar is being added to the power of poor impulse control and shameless short-sightedness by the head of state. [Read more]
It is quite apparent that Trump has flipped the switch in the matter of North Korea. [Read more]
[T]he nuclear deal with Iran is, indeed, in no way perfect. Destroying it, however, is the riskiest of all options. [Read more]
Trump needs the NRA and its 5 million members. All of them are potential Trump voters. [Read more]
Trump is attacking what has until now made America strong. [Read more]
Trump does not see America as the leader or protecting power of “the free world” or “the West” with all the rights, duties and costs, but also profits, that that role brings with it. [Read more]
As important as #MeToo is for those affected and for the public debate about sexual assault, the movement also gives rise to an equal amount of irritation. [Read more]
America...will not win the future if it must hold to soybeans against supercomputers. It senses that. Therefore, the fear and wrath. [Read more]
Trump’s march into a trade war is ... reminiscent of military adventures by ... presidents who got their country into a no-win situation with misguided strategy. [Read more]
<i>Trading with data and the questionable dealings with it were always the trademarks of Zuckerberg. Politicians have been looking on for far too long.</i>
Mark Zuckerberg has broken his silence. He asked for pardon and promised improvement. With this, he did the unavoidable, because in the face of furious [Read more]
These skirmishes could just be the harbingers of a huge economic war in which the U.S. and China wrestle for technological leadership of the 21st century. [Read more]
There are still enough people in Washington who see exactly what Moscow is doing and would rather defend America’s democracy than Trump’s reputation.
U.S. President Donald Trump is already celebrating the planned meeting with Kim Jong Un as a success although the North Korean dictator will come out the winner afterward.
A meeting with Kim is risky for a democratic politician. First, photos run of a handshake with a dictator who has even family members murdered to [Read more]
What “America First” means is now becoming crystal clear. It is the return of uncompromising protectionism. [Read more]
If the president wants to proceed against [the national debt] with tariffs, dangerous times lie ahead for the world. [Read more]
After the school massacre in Florida, the U.S. president wants to arm teachers.... Could it be more absurd? [Read more]
<i>The takeoff of the heavy-lift rocket Falcon Heavy makes it clear that private space travel is currently outpacing its public counterpart in many areas.</i>
<i>The success of the private providers are now bringing politics into the arena again: They [politicians] want to profit from the glamour of space [Read more]
Through his own lack of success, the populist dazzler could be effectively debunked. Stated differently, Trump must become smaller. Only then can America eventually become great again.
[I]n the final analysis Trump remained true to himself: He is a divider, not a conciliator. [Read more]
For China, Trump’s retreat was more of a stroke of luck, a giant step on the path to becoming the superpower in Southeast Asia. [Read more]
<i>Trump’s cut to the U.S. contribution to the U.N. budget meets the definition of duress. A suggestion from the year 1945 should now be taken up again.</i>
“No member of the United Nations should finance more than a maximum of 10 percent of its budget so that the new world organization does not get caught in [Read more]
<i>The Oscars, one of the most prestigious events of the year, is traditionally is characterized by a big theme each year.</i>
Last year, it was the newly inaugurated presidency of Donald Trump; the year before, it was the controversy over whether African-American actors receive enough appreciation in Hollywood, [Read more]
They are the most valuable corporations in the world: Apple, Google parent Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook. Their market value of a roughly combined $3.4 billion corresponds to Germany’s yearly economic output.
These so-called superstar corporations occupy such a dominant position in their sector that [Read more]
[W]hy should those laying the wires be permitted to decide what flows through the wires? [Read more]
Whoever finds Trump’s move irrational and dangerous just needs to soberly look at the logic of American and German Middle East policy for the last 15 years. [Read more]
Europe will not be able to compensate for the loss of authority that the U.S. has inflicted upon itself here. [Read more]
It is actually clear: Flynn is telling all. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has won him over as a key witness. [Read more]
These are moments that briefly unite the country in pain, but the unity ends with the weapons. [Read more]
<i>Relief for the rich, a burden for the poor: Trump promised differently during his election campaign. And his tax policy might not help the economy either.</i>
It was no coincidence that of all places, Trump chose the state of Indiana for his appearance. Four years ago, Vice President Mike Pence adopted moderate [Read more]
This power play would be tolerable if it were a matter of selling an office high-rise, but at the moment, the danger of a fatal mistake grows daily. [Read more]
All of the debate about alternative facts and fake news – they are forgotten in the moment of exalting television. [Read more]
He has already demonstrated how unpredictable he can be in the conflict with North Korea. Many observers believe that Trump has become a burden on financial markets. [Read more]
What if Donald Trump were right for a change? Not everything has to be wrong just because he does it. [Read more]
Letting [monuments] stand as witness to an overridden past is something quite different from making the past a role model in defiance of a present that has escaped it. [Read more]
In Trump’s America, members of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists of the 'alt-right' movement march openly. [Read more]
The man is obsessed with himself and incapable of human compassion, does not have any self-control and is demolishing American society ... Trump urgently needs to be removed from office. [Read more]
<i>Following Amazon Echo’s Alexa, the next digital butler comes to Germany this Tuesday with Google Home. Amazon is reacting in a predictable way.</i>
The NDR satire program “extra 3” posted a nice video about life with voice assistants on YouTube.* Initially, the family is pleased that Alexa, Google Home, [Read more]
Observers believe that Trump’s harsh words are indirectly a call for China to become more engaged in the crisis. What is China able to do and what does it want? [Read more]
North Korea has set an example of unscrupulousness and inhumanity that is difficult to outdo. [Read more]
<i>The state of Texas is firmly in Republican hands, but the Democrats want to change that.</i>
<i>They’re hoping for successes in the 2018 congressional elections – because the party of the president traditionally loses.</i>
<i>The Democrats’ best helper: Donald Trump</i>
The Democratic Party’s [Read more]
On her first visit to the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, the new U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley expressed heavy criticism of the composition and operating principles of the U.N. Human Rights Council and demanded reforms for the committee. Unlike Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other members of the [Read more]
One gets the impression the man is living on another planet. [Read more]
The gap between furious rhetoric and political reality is correspondingly large. [Read more]
The Europeans should not increase their expenditures to do Trump a favor. The 2 percent is not a gift to the U.S., but instead a necessary investment in their own security. [Read more]
There is no question: Trump should be chased out of office as quickly as possible. [Read more]
• <i>Donald Trump sets off on his first overseas tour.</i>
• <i>The president will visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and the pope.</i>
• <i>His hosts will welcome Trump for different reasons.</i>
If times were normal, President Donald Trump’s staff would probably have the jitters about the days ahead. The [Read more]
There appears to be nothing left of the man. [Read more]
<i>After the election victory of Emmanuel Macron in France, Europe’s stock markets are becoming attractive for investors again. For them, the continent also has a key advantage with respect to the U.S.</i>
What a difference. Jan. 20: Donald Trump continues his populist tirades in his speech upon taking office, [Read more]
With the draft of the bill, Trump has gone far toward the right wing of his party. [Read more]
If “peak oil” once stood for a turning and tipping point in oil production because all of the large reserves were considered exploited, now many players fear such a horror scenario for the automobile industry. [Read more]
Economic growth in the U.S. would have to amount to 4.5 percent on average so that Trump’s plan could finance itself – more than double as much as forecast. [Read more]
Authoritarianism is seductive because it saves one from having to put up with incapability, difference and ambivalence. [Read more]
The halo he wears for his supporters is now heavily damaged; the ability of the Republicans to govern is in doubt. [Read more]
It’s only about ideology for Donald Trump — and his over-sized ego that cannot accept dissent from a brazen provincial judge.
The CIA and the U.S. government cannot perpetually remain silent about the WikiLeaks disclosures. It is indeed in their interest to clarify the affair. After all, they are supposed to be responsible for increasing security in the United States. Published information is causing a lot of confusion and and feeding [Read more]
It is easy to demonize this freak that the Americans have elected to be president. [Read more]
As an entrepreneur and entertainer, Trump liked to fire people — now he is 'firing' journalists from the White House. [Read more]
Political experience, determination, respect in Congress. His vice-president, Mike Pence, brings what Donald Trump lacks. Politically, he is at least just as extreme.
While the new U.S. president tangles with the press, someone else is pulling the strings of the new American government in the background: Vice [Read more]
The untruths about his inauguration lead to doubts about his sanity. That is meant to be neither humorous nor polemic. Unfortunately. [Read more]
Only a fool still disavows global warming when he is up to his neck in water.
<i> Can Amazon’s networked speaker Echo help solve a murder? The police in the U.S. state of Arkansas hope so and now want to get at Amazon’s data. </i>
Amazon’s voice-activated speaker Echo is a remarkable device. Though by no means fully developed, the virtual assistant it contains can already play music, [Read more]
The lesson for Moscow from this: One doesn’t have to take what Obama does seriously, and one doesn’t need to be afraid of Trump. [Read more]
In the face of Trump’s personnel decisions and his style of approaching government affairs, one must be equally worried and vigilant. [Read more]
<i> The Netanyahu government expects the U.S. to block unpleasant resolutions. The current Netanyahu reaction is all the more shrill.</i>
The United Nations resolution against Israeli expansion of settlements is a bombshell of international diplomacy. The shrill reactions from Jerusalem bear witness to the fact that [Read more]
This measure might well be Obama’s—diplomatically harsh—farewell greeting to Netanyahu. [Read more]
Trump's economic program can be summarized concisely: self-enrichment for billionaires. [Read more]
White, male and predominantly without political experience: Trump has created for himself a cabinet in his own image. [Read more]
Even if Europe initially should actually profit from a U.S. crash course with respect to China, it would sooner or later be drawn into the maelstrom that a trade conflict would trigger. [Read more]
Donald Trump as 45th president of the United States is like a kick in the gut for many women. [Read more]
Trump is the profiteer of a radically changed media world.
<i>A further drifting apart of society can only be checked if Merkel, her CDU and the other established parties draw lessons from Trump’s election victory.</i>*
The election of such an angry citizen as Donald Trump for president of the United States is as exceptional as the reactions. Those reactions included the [Read more]
Trump is a little like an unguided missile, and no one knows where it will land.
Every vote for Trump was a blow with the fist against the political establishment. [Read more]
<i>Clinton has decided the TV duel but not the election for herself. She would be the better partner for Germany and the other EU countries. U.S. politics will change in any case.</i>
Advantage Hillary Clinton. That’s the unanimous verdict after the televised debate. Even supporters of Donald Trump conceded that, [Read more]
What is astonishing about Trump is his unwillingness to learn basic knowledge. [Read more]
The attack gives the impression of an irritating mistake made by the military based on faulty intelligence from the only world superpower. [Read more]
In the face of the crises and wars in the world, an existential need for a bold new realpolitik exists. The cooperation between Washington and Moscow shows what is possible.
The Atlantic is becoming wider and the Europeans in general, Germany in particular, must do something about it – but if they only knew what. [Read more]
"If God had wanted us to vote, he'd have given us better candidates." [Read more]
Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy was at first laughable – a humorous topic of conversation for pleasant circles of political aficionados. One could delightfully amuse oneself about the churlish, foppish, crazed real estate tycoon from New York. The comparative consideration of the speeches of Trump and the [Read more]
<i>A professional athlete remains seated during the national anthem and unleashes a scandal that even reaches Barack Obama.</i>
The story reaches as high as the president and as far as China. There, at the G-20 Summit of the leading rich and developing nations in Hangzhou, Barack Obama himself makes a statement [Read more]
In the meantime, he has already picked out his consolation prize, a very, very nice long vacation. [Read more]
If knowledge is power, then a lie is the abuse of power. [Read more]
Whatever is driving Donald Trump ... his statements about election rigging are extremely dangerous for American democracy. [Read more]
Anyone who has seen a dying steel town in Ohio can well understand why people feel betrayed by Democrats and want to elect Trump in their despair, even if he will not bring any help.
In the future, lack of backbone in politics should be called the Ryan-McConnell syndrome. [Read more]
He succeeded in moving the Democrats far to the left. [Read more]
How can the American dream be made available for blacks in the ghettos, not only in theory but also in practice? [Read more]
<i>“U.S. president agrees to the ‘defense of every NATO ally.’” The eastern NATO nations are pleased about the signal to Russia. Moscow counters that the alliance is only imagining a threat.</i>
Warsaw. They were clear words that President Obama had ready for his allies before his departure from the NATO [Read more]
<i>Oh, yes. There was something there: The great Afghanistan fatigue of the West was clear at the NATO summit, but the conflict at Hindu Kush is anything but ended.</i>
It is the longest war in the history of the United States. And yet the conflict in Afghanistan hardly gets any part of the public’s attention. [Read more]
<i>Policemen are killed in Dallas; before that, black people once again die in police violence. The society is ignoring its racism problem. Now radicalization threatens.</i>
Violence in the U.S. is escalating. It is possible that the anger, frustration and grief about a growing number of new cases of racist police [Read more]
In his speech on energy and (anti)-climate policy at the end of May, Trump boasted, “We’re going to bring back the coal industry, save the coal industry.” [Read more]
<b>Hillary Clinton should be thankful for Donald Trump. If she had to run against a serious Republican, she wouldn’t have a chance at the presidency.</b>
Hillary Clinton sometimes seems to be surprised that she is so unpopular with her fellow Americans, but they are only reacting to the example the Clintons set. [Read more]
The selection of a vice presidential candidate is an opportunity to finally unite the party behind her. [Read more]
The elite is always frightened anew whenever a verbal bully unrestrainedly tells the people what they want to hear and thereby succeeds. [Read more]
Lifting the arms embargo against Vietnam is a decision against human rights. The U.S. is already not trustworthy.
In the decision about the U.S. arms embargo against Vietnam, Barack Obama had to weigh strategic and economic interests on the one side and protecting human rights on the other. Up to now, the U.S. had [Read more]
<i>Did Hillary Clinton enable her husband’s sexual assaults by holding her tongue? Trump is digging around among old rumors; Clinton, too, flees into the past.</i>
The clip that Donald Trump just published on his Instagram account is only 15 seconds long. One hears two female voices that speak of an “assault” [Read more]
In comparison to Europe, the American welfare state is not generous enough. [Read more]
<i>The idea of a tumultuous national convention is suddenly jolting Democrats.</i>
Just a few weeks ago, it was the Republicans who had to fear a tumultuous party convention to nominate their presidential candidate, but the situation has been fundamentally altered. Real estate mogul Donald Trump is set as the [Read more]
It is no wonder that Trump polarizes with macho talk and suggestions of building a wall with Mexico and not allowing Muslims to enter the U.S ... But why is Clinton so unpopular? [Read more]
<i>In the race for the office of president, a duel between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton looms.</i>
One of the dirtiest election campaigns in the history of the country looms in the U.S., and the duelists are already going at one another even before they have been officially named presidential candidates. Hillary [Read more]
The most suspenseful question hanging above the TTIP is: What can even be harmonized, or to be precise, what is negotiable? [Read more]
There are many people who fail to recognize the extent to which immigrants enrich society. [Read more]
Clinton and the Democrats must not repeat the mistake of the Republicans and underestimate Trump. [Read more]
<i>In the televised Democratic debate, Clinton presents herself as an experienced politician: “They are voting not only for the president, they are voting for the commander-in-chief.” The ex-secretary of state is moving quite close to President Obama; she needs a victory in South Carolina where many [Read more]
It says a great deal about U.S. society and its politicians that this health problem [drug addiction] is being discussed so openly now that so many white citizens are being affected. [Read more]
<i> President Obama wants to meet with Attorney General Lynch today to speak with her about stricter gun control laws.</i>
<i>U.S. media reported that Obama plans to tighten gun control in the country by means of a decree.</i>
<i> Not much room for maneuvering remains for the president in the last year of his [Read more]
When presumably 150 armed white men occupy a building in a national park, one can safely write about “protest” and “concerned citizens,” due to the density of cowboy hats and boots. If they were wearing hoodies and were African-Americans or even Muslims, the situation would be overrun by the 24-hour-news insanity.
Costa Ricans live longer than Americans. A new study shows how much the income distribution in the U.S. endangers the health of its poorest citizens.
Income differentials have a greater influence on the health of the population in the U.S. than in Costa Rica. That is what is reported by William Dow of the University [Read more]
<i>High penalties for automakers in the United States: Toyota most recently had to pay $1.2 billion in penalties, General Motors, $900 million</i>
<i>In addition, Volkswagen must expect damage to its image</i>
Legal problems in Europe, they say in the auto industry, are unpleasant. But they can somehow be [Read more]
In the opinion of the Airbus president, Europe must 'really do something for its ability to compete.' [Read more]
The U.S. has only admitted 1,500 Syrians. The fear of Islamic extremists is great; the debate on immigration venomous. [Read more]
No one who posts and publishes today can act as if the quality of the published material is not his concern. [Read more]
<i>Control over the Republican Party has slipped away from the “old boys.” The sheer number of candidates, currently at 17, shows the inner disunity.</i>
A new phase in the U.S. primary race has begun with the first televised debate of Republican candidates. The campaign, which has so far happened far from the [Read more]
The police no longer control the narrative about certain events. They have lost their interpretational sovereignty. [Read more]
Amazon is tracking the reading habits of its customers like Big Brother. [Read more]
Trump is momentarily riding high, thanks to the media. Yet this will not last. [Read more]
The political legacy the first black U.S. president will leave behind is suddenly clearly identifiable — but so is what Barack Obama failed to accomplish. [Read more]
1,147 people had to die so that 41 suspected terrorists could be neutralized. [Read more]
The U.S. and its allies will only be able to drive back the Islamic State if they supplement their military actions politically and economically. [Read more]
<b>•A pastor plans to kill dozens of Muslims — with machetes, assault rifles and Molotov cocktails. But he got busted and was arrested by the FBI.
•After his confession, the man was released with an ankle monitor on $30,000 bail; the district attorney’s office didn’t even publish a statement to the press.
<i>While Europe lets refugees die in the Mediterranean, pragmatism is slowly prevailing in the United States. That has to do with a question of power as well.</i>
Military ships in the Mediterranean, more money for sealing off borders, confronting the smuggling – the catch phrases with which Europe seeks to find [Read more]
<i>Germany and France are being presumptuous if they believe they can stem Putin’s advance into Eastern Europe by themselves. The U.S. security elite wants to deliver weapons to the Ukraine.</i>
Normandy format is the name of the meeting of four among the German chancellor, the French president and the presidents [Read more]
The media are not too restrained now; they are too quick with interpretations of matters involving suspected Muslim perpetrators. But replacing the reflex “Muslim perpetrator = Islamist” with the reflex “Muslim victim = Islamophobic murder” doesn’t help. [Read more]
Hardly any other number from American economic life can influence the sense of well-being so strongly – or in the case it is too high, spoil it – as the price of gas ... [Read more]
At an oil price of $50 a barrel, money is burned daily in Texas and Dakota. Yet the rumored price war of the Saudis is fiction. [Read more]
The city that feared the blizzard was long considered ungovernable. New Yorkers, however, are satisfied with Mayor Bill de Blasio. There is only conflict with the police — to the detriment of all. [Read more]
<i>Segregation looks different today than it did in the past. But it is far from having disappeared. That is the result of segregation politics, which have operated for decades.</i>
<i>“‘What do you want wit me, officer?’ I asked. ‘I want you to come with me.’ ‘I’m under arrest?’ ‘No. No, not at [Read more]
That, with Obama, a black man became president for the first time was a milestone in the fight for equality. Yet there are still many problems to solve. [Read more]
<i>In an unusual irony of history, Obama is succeeding in rehabilitating his predecessor Bush through his weak and ambivalent actions.</i>
Upon taking office, American President Barack Obama made no secret of the fact the he viewed the past policies of his predecessor George W. Bush in the Middle East as completely [Read more]
Barack Obama has not only been shattered, he has instead hit rock bottom. [Read more]
<i>Barack Obama’s Democrats will lose the congressional election today. After six years in office, the president must recognize that he has failed with the "we" in his campaign slogan.</i>
“Yes we can” is the sentence that we, that everyone, will always associate with the first black president of the United [Read more]
A U.S.-led alliance is flying airstrikes against the Islamic State. An asymmetrical war has never been won this way. [Read more]
<i>Fear of an Ebola epidemic is circulating throughout the United States. In Europe, by contrast, one reacts more professionally to the situation.</i>
Actually, Americans like to make fun of German angst. For them, the Federal Republic is a country of worriers who seldom have the courage to do something, and who [Read more]
The head of the lobbying group Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) has the Republican pledge to never raise taxes. He is thereby steering the U.S. to the edge of the abyss.
At the high point of Republican President George W. Bush’s popularity in 2003, Grover Norquist traveled to his 25th reunion at Harvard University. [Read more]
A new frontier awaits the world financial markets if the U.S. loses its triple-A rating for the first time since 1941. The Frankfurter Rundschau names four reasons why U.S. President Obama is exaggerating with his warning of threatening “armageddon.”
In the U.S., the creditworthiness of the country has [Read more]
<b>America's right wing is using the escalating debt dispute with President Obama for an attack on environmental protection. Not only is it placing economic interests over environmental issues, apparently the conservatives think they can trump the physics of the planet with political views.</b>
Again and again at [Read more]
Opponents of abortion in the United States want to eliminate the family counseling service Planned Parenthood. For them it is less a matter of law; they believe they have God on their side.
Ralph Lang had envisioned what it would be like to go into an abortion clinic and shoot the doctor in the head. He dreamed of [Read more]
The 50-year-old Obama is no longer the shining light for the start of a new age, but rather a politician, who, through his zigzag course and sellouts in economic, finance and social policy, has deeply disappointed the (admittedly inflated) expectations of his supporters. [Read more]
<b>Never before were people evacuated from New York City’s coastal zone. Never before were the subway and bus systems of the metropolis shut down. In face of the approaching Hurricane Irene, Mayor Michael Bloomberg did everything to avoid a disaster. Behind that is calculation: Bloomberg wants to go down in [Read more]
<b>Four options remain for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to revive the U.S. economy, because worry about a recession in the United States is dampening the mood of the markets.</b>
The speeches of U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke always carry weight in the markets — still, according to the opinions [Read more]
Users buy Apple products because they are confident of design and functionality – and not because of Steve Jobs.
What will now become of Apple? No company stands so much in the shadow of its boss like the iPhone manufacturer. Now Steve Jobs must give up his role because he is sick. The whole world wonders: Can that [Read more]
<b>With a Little Luck, Social Networks Will Soon Allow Pseudonyms</b>
It happened very quickly: The hunter, Facebook, has now become the hunted. Mark Zuckerberg’s social network is being forced to make a move — because its competitor, Google+, is applying pressure with its platform for friends on the Internet. [Read more]
Their decisions plunge financial markets into turbulence. The ratings agencies have awakened doubt in their independence. Their risk assessments themselves have become at risk. The influential agency Standard & Poor’s must use the change of their company's head to build up new trust.
It has long been true that it [Read more]
Debt crises cripple the global economy, yet what is the key currency of the world? Dollars and euros are down for the count — the Chinese Yuan does not yet play as large a role as it would like. Probably all must brace themselves for a new model.
Debt crisis, fear of recession, currency battle — the tremors of the [Read more]
The earthquake on the East Coast started a debate: The tremors took experts by surprise.
Suddenly the warning lights blinked. Both reactors turned themselves off, [and] the emergency generators started up as prescribed in the emergency plan. Since Tuesday, the North Anna nuclear power plant in Virginia, is no longer [Read more]
<i>Rick Perry is contending for the Republican presidential nomination. He is already in a fighting mood. As governor of Texas, he holds the record for executions.</i>
The last time a Texas governor became the president of the U.S., he began his wars only after he was in the White House. The successor to George W. [Read more]
<b>A new film about the commando action could help President Obama in the election campaign. The Republicans are alarmed.</b>
On Oct. 12, 2012, not even four weeks before the presidential election, an action film in U.S. movie theaters will celebrate the lethal commando attack of Navy SEALs on Osama bin Laden, head of [Read more]
It was a strange alliance: In 2009, the Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim saved The New York Times from insolvency with a loan. What motives the richest man in the world had remains unclear. Now the loan is paid off — three years earlier than expected. For that, the newspaper had to cut back on many things. [Read more]
<b>A California transportation company hampers clarification of fatalities. Protest forms on the Internet and moves to the street.</b>
On July 3, 2011, Charles Blair Hill was shot by two members of the transit police in San Francisco’s Civic Center regional station. The evidently strongly intoxicated man allegedly [Read more]
<b>Google buys into the cell phone company Motorola. Competitors want to have banal innovations protected: the patent insanity in the smartphone market.</b>
Exactly $10 kept the Italian Antonio Meucci from an entry in the history books. The poor fellow lacked exactly this sum to get his invention patented in 1871— [Read more]
Google’s takeover of Motorola is a sign of growth in the mobile communications sector. Whether Mountain View now builds their own cell phones or not is questionable – in reality it is about patents.
These days, a job at Standard and Poor’s means making oneself really unpopular on a nearly daily basis. The grass [Read more]
America has gotten off of the right track, and properly at that. It is no longer the democracy lauded by de Tocqueville as a balance of freedom and equality, nor is it Winthrop’s legendary “shining city upon a hill.” Instead it is a place in which political polarization has reached a historical scale and the food [Read more]
<b>A corpse with a stitched-up chest, a smoker’s black lung, a mouth disfigured by cancer scars: Drastic pictures on cigarette packs are supposed to deter smokers. This could actually work, because horror pictures are much more shocking than abstract verbal warnings.</b>
Smoking is harmful, dangerous and deadly. [Read more]
<b>Michele Bachmann wins the first test vote among the many Republican challengers to Obama. Many of her followers would be cases for religious sect commissioners* here in Germany.</b>
“This is the greatest county on earth,” boasts Duane Holt to a circle of people, “it’s just in the wrong hands.” Two lonely [Read more]
No whiskey maker has to depict a drinker’s liver, no soda manufacturer has to warn about sugar. Only with smoking does American freedom end. [Read more]
A young woman sings about the advantages of the network Google+ and Internet users marvel. However, not all believe in a hit without a marketing strategy: The singer has up to now left hardly any traces on the web.
On the Internet, it is easy to speak out about anything. For just about any object or state of mind [Read more]
Disrupt the superiority of Apple — that is the goal of Google CEO Larry Page. With the acquisition of the mobile communications division of Motorola, he wants to enter the lucrative business of cell phones. However, the competition will not only be carried out in the market, but also in courtrooms. [Read more]
<b>Google+ does not want to allow pseudonyms. That is unfair and entrepreneurially wrong finds Kai Biermann. Self-chosen terms are better networked than real names.<b/>
During my studies, I had a friend named Richard. We played pool or chess or talked about books. One day I called him at home. “Hi, this is Kai. I [Read more]
Michele Bachmann is a Joan of Arc for the tea party age. It is not to be expected, however, that she will lead the U.S. out of the crisis.
No president of the past century is invoked by the Republicans as often as Ronald Reagan. However, in the Iowa polls, where the search for a candidate for the White House [Read more]
The company chisels out the largest takeover in its history with the purchase of Motorola. Doing so has little to do with cell phones. The more than $12 billion serves to protect Google’s cell phone operating system, Android.
More than 50 legal actions on account of alleged patent violations are under way against [Read more]
Fear is back in the financial markets: The stock markets are reeling — and with them the politicians, who are trying desperately to contain the worst government debt crisis in eight decades. Yet banks and hedge funds unhinge entire nations with short sales and credit insurance. The result: After 1931 we are stuck in [Read more]
From Sir Winston Churchill comes the proposition that one can rely on Americans to find the best solution, “after they've tried everything else.” After the poker game in Congress, I am no longer so sure — and the ratings agencies express doubt as well.
The president, when leadership was already lacking, [Read more]
That’s not how one heals patients. At the beginning there is normally a proper diagnosis without self-deception. And it is: We are watching the “growth through low interest rates and high government debt” economic model fail. [Read more]
Republicans maintain their majority in recall elections in the Senate, although the Democrats had started a broad social movement.
It is the summer of the Republicans, in Washington as well as in Wisconsin. In recall elections on Tuesday, the right admittedly lost two seats in the State Senate to the Democrats, but [Read more]
And who is to blame for this misery? The Tea Party freaks? The legacy of the financial crisis? Certainly, all play a little part. Above all, however, it is the president himself. There is a jarring dissonance between Obama’s promises and reality. [Read more]
The AA rating has apparently unleashed exactly those political reflexes that led to the downgrade in the first place. [Read more]
The search engine decides who and what is found on the Internet — and who or what is not. Add Google+ and this power becomes threatening.
Access to information is power. That is the age-old wisdom. Therefore, the ancient Egyptians forced every ship to hand over all scrolls and made a copy of each for the legendary [Read more]
It is time for Obama to put the brakes on the budget a little more firmly. The U.S. would not be the first empire to collapse under the burden of debt. However, America’s enemies must still be patient.
Debt paves the road leading to the graveyard of fallen empires. Spain's dreams of a world empire ended with a [Read more]
The decline of the U.S. has often been foretold. American politics still has time to make the necessary correction in its course.
Quo vadis, America? The paralyzing dispute over raising the debt limit and now the downgrading of creditworthiness show the U.S. is in a serious crisis. It is now the "sick man" of the [Read more]
<i>Even if the Pentagon saves $950 billion by 2012, it will not endanger the supremacy of the U.S.</i>
The desire for the U.S. to shrink to normal size under the burden of its debts must be very pronounced. Since the outbreak of the financial crisis, every gram suggesting American loss of power is placed on the gold [Read more]
The U.S. loses its top rating and the world trembles at the consequences. What the American and global economies are in for, how justified Standard & Poor’s decision really is and why Germany could even profit from the new U.S. rating — the most important questions and answers about the downgrade. [Read more]
In spite of all the doomsayers and his graying hair, Obama’s chances for re-election in 2012 are not bad. Today, he celebrates his 50th birthday.
Today, Barack Obama will be 50, and according to him, First Lady Michelle still finds him cute. Voters, however, are giving the president the cold shoulder before his [Read more]
The problems of the U.S. are enormous; however, the country is in good standing when compared to the eurozone. America has time to solve its problems — Europe doesn’t.
What a spectacle in Washington: The negotiations concerning raising the debt limit dragged on for weeks, versions of bills were drafted and [Read more]
And what does that mean for Germany? This question is somewhat egocentric, but not unjustified when the news coming from the United States is that the biggest economy in the world is now setting about saving. The answer is: The global consequences might be slight at the present time, but in the long term are serious. [Read more]
The subversive tea party movement has not only hijacked the Republican Party but, as a radical minority, it has also been very good at driving the majority of Congress and President Barack Obama along with it. [Read more]
One must tear apart the right wing of the Republicans for their social politics; however, it is worth looking closer at their economics.
These days, whoever questions whether the world economy is in a debt crisis would be nervous: With the EU and United States, the two biggest economic zones in the world are at the [Read more]
Less taxes! Less government! With simple slogans, the tea party has driven the largest economy in the world to the brink of insolvency. Its position dominated the debate as never before. At the same time, it is neither a party nor an ideological unit. It is also much more than Sarah Palin — this is how the oddest [Read more]
It was a week of horror: In the U.S. Congress Democrats and Republicans scuffled in a battle over America’s future. There is no simple solution, however. Congress has allowed itself to be taken hostage.
Not much time remains to demonstrate unity after all of the chaos and impasse of the last few days. The U.S. [Read more]
The collective effort of stimulus packages and bank bailouts from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego will not repeat itself. [Read more]
<b>U.S. President Obama is criticizing European crisis management to deflect attention from his own problems, but he is not completely in the wrong. Europe does lack a comprehensive solution.</b>
America and Europe are behaving like a quarrelsome old married couple. “Your debt crisis is bringing the whole world into [Read more]
<b>Less fuel consumption, greater range, more comfort. Airlines have anxiously waited for the Dreamliner, and now it is here. But the 787 has become a money pit and a PR catastrophe for Boeing. The fiasco could hamper future innovations, including those by competitor Airbus.</b>
For airline passengers, the Dreamliner [Read more]
In the motherland of consumption, doubts about unlimited expenditures are germinating. U.S. citizens are questioning their way of life. That is very risky.
Little Jayna from Atlanta is turning two years old; her grandparents have invited 150 guests and a rented clown to a lunchtime buffet in a restaurant. The magic is [Read more]
Barack Obama raised hopes and promised change. What has remained of his words in the world? That we must change something, that we must live, budget differently — those are all perceived insights. Yet where and how should the change begin?
He was the right man at the right time. Many thought that. He raised hopes [Read more]
To be sure, the Palestinians have every right to strive for recognition as a nation. Naturally, they can submit an application to the U.N. Security Council, and without a doubt, Israel, the U.S. and Europe have an obligation to the Palestinians, who have been waiting 63 years for the state promised to them. [Read more]
Both are in the right and, at the same time, in the wrong. Compared to establishing peace in the Middle East, fitting a square into a round hole appears to be an easy task.
Naturally, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is in the right when he applies for full-member status for his country in the U.N. For years, the [Read more]
Facebook shows us with a little video how great the brave new world can be, one that you can now create: The life of a Facebook employee from his birth to present day, in video, photos and text — and we should all follow suit according to the will of the Zuckerberg company.
Have I already gone jogging today? What [Read more]
<b>The Internet pretends to be objective and irreligious. At the same time, Google and Apple avail themselves of many religious myths.</b>
The Internet is regarded today as the final triumph of enlightenment and irreligiosity. A virtual parallel universe has been created by human hands, in which there are no longer [Read more]
The Fed braces the budget with half a trillion dollars — and rates take a tumble anyway. The reaction of the markets attest that confidence in the once most powerful bank in the world is sinking, and only one thing can contain the crisis: politics. [Read more]
Will the Palestinians achieve a vote for an independent state from the U.N. Security Council? Only then would the U.S. interpose its veto — and, from the point of view of the Arabs, shame itself.
Both opponents and supporters of a Palestinian state court every vote in the United Nations Security Council. The [Read more]
Conservatives fluctuate between hate and rage anyway, but in the meantime, more and more Democrats are also dissatisfied with Barack Obama. So he is changing his strategy: higher taxes for the rich, sharp speeches against the Republicans, more feel good politics for his own clientele. The president is certain: The [Read more]
<b>U.S. President Obama wants to tax big-income earners at a higher rate. With the plan he is giving an important signal — even if the implementation is unrealistic.</b>
U.S. President Obama wants more taxes from people who earn more than $1 million (€730 thousand) a year. This is not entry into socialism by a [Read more]
<b/>The dilemma of the Republicans: How should they explain to voters why they do not want to create jobs and why the rich should be permitted to pay no more taxes?</b>
It is as so often in the last few years: U.S. President Barack Obama wants to do the right thing, yet the Republicans prevent it. This time Obama [Read more]
Linda Sarsour does not keep her opinions to herself. When she talks about authorities’ attempts to infiltrate the Muslim community, her rant sounds like an Eminem rap ... [Read more]
<b>9/11 has its 10th anniversary: The attacks served as justification for two wars and strict laws. Not only politicians profited from the fear of terror.</b>
Ten years have passed since the devastating attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. The policies of the U.S. government at that time took an about-face — [Read more]
Abdel Hakin Belhaj masters the art of warfare, and this expertise brings Libya’s rebels great advantage. In spite of this, the West is not thrilled that he, of all people, is Tripoli’s new military chief. Because he acquired his military training in the ranks of an Islamic group that fought in Afghanistan — from [Read more]
What use are riches if the nation stands at the abyss? In times of debt crisis, the super-rich like Warren Buffett surprise with their willingness to make sacrifices: They want to voluntarily pay higher taxes. That would contribute to social peace — but politics is not responsive to it. They are lacking the courage. [Read more]
Rosneft is securing itself substantial drilling rights on the U.S. coast as well as profiting from American technologies. The deal is highly political because Rosneft is a quasi state-owned company from a country with which the U.S. maintains a tension-filled rivalry.
Energy policy always also means security policy. [Read more]
<b>Since 1827, they have made politics and scandals and cut a fine figure in the House of Representatives: They are youthful parliamentary servants called “pages.” Now they are being sacrificed in the name of saving.</b>
Some experienced history being made, although all experienced rakish stories; some were [Read more]
Washington apparently wants compensation from banks. They were the ones that put Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over a barrel; indeed, buying junk credit belonged to the business model of both of the semi-governmental institutions.
Four years after the onset of the financial crisis, the government of the United States [Read more]
Deutsche Telekom is the first firm to feel the strict anti-trust regulation of the U.S. government; therefore, the firm continues to remain a niche supplier.
U.S. President Barack Obama had once promised to bring an end to the laissez-faire of his predecessor, George W. Bush; however, in anti-trust questions, the [Read more]
We still have no name for the epoch after 9/11. Ten years ago, I thought something was beginning here that would occupy us for the next decades — perhaps similar to the Cold War.
But perhaps it was only an intermezzo — between America’s “unipolar moment” after the fall of communism and the “rise of the [Read more]
<b>The president wanted to speak in Congress. The opposition threw a spoke in his wheel. Never before had Congress rejected a president’s request for a date to speak.</b>
The timing seemed auspicious. On Wednesday, two days after Labor Day (also the official end of summer in the U.S.), Congress will convene again [Read more]
<b>After the East Coast earthquake, the nuclear power plant North Anna in the state of Virginia must remain shut down for the moment. The damage is greater than anticipated.</b>
A nuclear power plant on the East Coast of the United States possibly experienced greater damage from the recent earthquake than was [Read more]
<b>The U.S. president has not yet disclosed how he will keep his promise to create one million jobs. But his choice of personnel reveals that his plan will not be an easy one for Republicans to quash.</b>
The message of Obama’s speech is simple: Jobs — above all, jobs. One million is his ambitious goal. He knows [Read more]
He prefers to strike out with sweeping blows without regard for burdensome realities. [Read more]
<b>In the U.S. ankle monitors are being technically upgraded. Especially popular with judicial authorities are monitors that sound an alarm at the consumption of alcoholic beverages.</b>
The electronic ankle monitor in the U.S., which oversees via a tracking device whether a delinquent is located at a prescribed place [Read more]
“We need our own Internet!” activists proclaim on their sites, as they consider how a darknet can be made a reality on a global level. [Read more]
There are strong protests in the U.S. against two bills intended to protect copyrights in the music and film industry. The many critics fear that the bills will create a dangerous instrument that will restrict freedom on the Internet and could also serve to exclude and damage unwelcome competition without [Read more]
<b>The Rocky Horror Debt Show in Europe is diverting investors' attention from the United States. But America's political establishment is just as paralyzed as the Europe's.</b>
The effect of surprise is contained within narrow bounds: For the umpteenth time, the stabilization of America’s national finances has [Read more]
As host of the conference of Pacific Rim countries, the U.S. president heralded a “Pacific age” and put China in its place. Beijing must abide by the “rules of the game.”
The photographers put on a long face because the traditional group photo in national costume, along with singing by all participants at the [Read more]
The presidential candidates of the U.S. Republican [Party] outdo one another with pithy words. In a TV debate they are supposed to look outside of the box of the United States — and there they see primarily enemies whom Obama is tackling too softly.
Pithy announcements of a more confrontational U.S foreign policy [Read more]
In 2010, members of a U.S. military unit killed civilians in Afghanistan out of pure bloodlust. Later, they made it look like the corpses had been killed in battle. The stiff sentences that the military court imposed on the perpetrators are justified given these deeds. Regarding the possibility that leader Calvin Gibbs [Read more]
The parental how-to manual “To Train up a Child” is a bestseller among America’s Protestant Christians. It recommends the use of the rod and the paddle for child rearing, even for babies — and was on the bookshelves of several parents of children beaten to death.
Minister Michael Pearl and his wife Debi have [Read more]
<b>Large parts of the country are “underwater”: Many Americans cannot pay their mortgages, must give up their houses — and are berated by conservatives because of it. But Obama can’t permit himself to be intimidated. The homeowners need a debt cut; otherwise, the economy will stall.</b>
It was a pivotal point [Read more]
<b>The world population continues to grow — nevertheless, only outside of the industrialized nations. For the capital markets, that does not bode well: Those who retire pull their capital out. And that’s what the baby-boomer generation is presently doing.</b>
If one believes Fed members Zheng Liu and Mark Spiegel [Read more]
Like an axe in the skull, there’s one holiday that splits minds: Halloween. Consumer terror or the finest parties and celebration? Americanization by Western civilization or age-old custom? This is a debate about the return of the pumpkin.
It is dark, it is cold, it is the end of October. The last barbecue party was [Read more]
For weeks Facebook has been having a row with privacy groups: What information is the social network storing about users as well as non-users? Now Facebook had to justify itself in the Bundestag.
A subcommittee of the Bundestag is not the place one anticipates all too thrilling discussions. And room E 800 in the [Read more]
It started with the tent city in Tel Aviv; it continued with “Occupy Wall Street;” now they are demonstrating from Berlin to Madrid. Against what? Against the “capitalistic dictatorship,” the banks, the European Central Bank. And against “Dagobert Fuck.” In Tel Aviv, it was still concretely about higher [Read more]
Amid the applause of governments, a worldwide protest is forming against the power of financial institutions. With the hounding of the bankers politics is stealing out of responsibility.
The bankers are the scapegoats of our times. Whether the Christian Democratic finance minister Schäuble or head of the left-wing [Read more]
American students are already deeper in the red now than all credit card holders of their country put together. [Read more]
It was the beginning of a loud conflict, a skirmish over the correct economic policy that is increasingly occupying Europe and the United States. [Read more]
<b>Worldwide the right, the left and the beautiful are demonstrating against a system because they cannot change it. That is just a small foretaste of the coming decade. Even here on the "banana island" of the blessed.</b>
It is certainly only coincidence. While a new culture of protests against the financial system [Read more]
More and more hard-core people from the FAZ [Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung] are defecting from worn-out conservatism, and that is supposed to mean nothing because there is unfortunately no alternative?
“Pure market is perverse economy. Pure market is pure insanity”: That was not said by a crazed leftist from the [Read more]
Social Security is a pyramid scheme, new rules for bankers nonsense and one might as well tar and feather the head of the Federal Reserve. The economic policy ideas of the tea party have little to do with sober-mindedness and restraint — although much with Viennese coffee houses.
The “baby-killers” have become [Read more]
It sounds like something from a thriller: An Iranian allegedly hired a Mexican drug gangster to murder the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. Iran’s leadership is even supposedly behind it. The incident highlights a simmering conflict. [Read more]
<b>Anti-Wall Street Protest and the Tea Party: Same Roots, Opposite Conclusions</b>
Something is happening right now on Wall Street, but where it is going, no one can say. What began barely four weeks ago with a few sleeping bags and tarps has grown into a nation-wide movement with offshoots from Boston to Los [Read more]
Actually, Obama is the predestined loser in 2012, but ...
Imagine, the victory is yours and you have no one to collect the trophy. So it goes for the Republicans one year before the election. Actually they would have to win big-time next November and drive Obama out of the White House. But they can’t manage to get a [Read more]
Stalled bank lending, a new trade war: In this way the world economy could ultimately be driven into recession. And all of this caused by the multibillion dollar sums that the large American investors are moving back and forth. It is therefore within their hands to prevent these consequences. [Read more]
Who would have thought it possible? In the U.S., the motherland of capitalism, a protest movement is growing that stands against the free forces of the financial markets.
A movement that no longer wants to accept that stockbrokers and investment bankers collect millions while the number of unemployed and destitute [Read more]
U.S. soldiers marched into Afghanistan with false information, a bad strategy and much arrogance. Not until later did they learn how the country and people in this complicated region operate, and in addition, President Bush made a disastrous mistake.
When the U.S. began the air war in Afghanistan scarcely a month [Read more]
<b>No veto is possible: Washington wants to block membership with financial threats</b>
The fight for a Palestinian nation is temporarily shifting to Paris, where the U.N. Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) has its seat: A group of Arab countries has secretly introduced a flank attack. At their [Read more]
Not for decades have so many been unemployed in the U.S. It hits those who haven’t even really begun the hardest.
Thomas Capdepera wears wide, much too large jeans, over them a black hoodie, size XXL. It appears a bit that his huge body wants to disappear in it. His hair is shaved on the sides. When he speaks, he [Read more]
<b>It matters who has the fullest war chests in an election campaign — therefore Even Obama is tapping his voters for small amounts.</b>
Barack writes an email. Michelle writes another one a few hours later. And then it’s Joe’s turn. They send invitations to dinner and all three want money. With a donation of at [Read more]
Incomes have risen, but the income gap continues to grow rapidly. The majority of the population has derived nothing from the income raises.
Those up there on Wall Street continue to make themselves richer, while the majority of the population is battered by the crisis. This feeling that drives many of the protesters [Read more]
<i>The U.S. is increasingly using drones in the War on Terror — an issue which raises ethical questions. The legal basis for such attacks is also controversial.</i>
The unmanned plane circles the target area for hours. Cameras and sensors are programmed for the man who will sooner or later return to his house. The [Read more]
<b>The demonstrations are chaotic and the messages muddled. However, it would be false to write the New York protesters off as nutcases because they are quite rightly directing attention to America’s deep division. At present Wall Street is collecting everything, and the rest of the society receives nothing — and [Read more]
<b>Chris Christie is the most recent and presumably last great hope of the Republicans to send a candidate who could electrify the party into the presidential race against Barack Obama; yet, the 49-year-old hesitates — and could bring a serious problem for the Republicans.</b>
They give him another week. [Read more]
Activists have occupied Zuccotti Park in Manhattan and given it back its old name: Liberty Plaza. A visit with a movement critical of capitalism.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” says the policeman in a white shirt into the megaphone, “Clear the road. Otherwise we will arrest you.” The announcement itself is difficult [Read more]
For the company, supposedly deleted content endures forever. [Read more]
The United States accuses Pakistan’s secret service of supporting the network of the Haqqani clan and, therefore, of supporting terror. Islamabad denies this and warns the Americans against military actions. The controversy comes at an opportune time for two other powers — China and Saudi Arabia. [Read more]
<b>According to a new study, every 45th child in the U.S. does not have a roof over his head. Hardest hit are the American West and the Southeast.</b>
Every 45th American child was considered homeless in the past year; 42 percent of them were six years old or younger. A study of the National Center for Homeless [Read more]
<b>The dilemma of U.S. Republicans to find a presidential candidate has brought an old acquaintance to the foreground: the dubious Newt Gingrich.</b>
There are still a good four weeks until the first caucus in Iowa. Yet, Mitt Romney, up to now the favorite for the Republican presidential candidacy, must once again [Read more]
<b>They storm the stores, they buy and consume as if there were no tomorrow. And they believe unwaveringly that everything will always get better. Although nothing at the moment speaks for that.</b>
Anyone who says “Black Friday” normally means the stock market crash of 1929. Exactly there, where this stock market [Read more]
<b>More than 250 people are arrested in the eviction of the Occupy camps. U.S. authorities make an effort to avoid disturbing pictures.</b>
Late at night on Wednesday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced in a news conference in Los Angeles that he was “proud” of his police. In their evicting the Occupy L.A. camps [Read more]
Economic data indicates that there are three phases of economic weakness. The third will most likely affect the U.S.
In the fall of 2008, I wanted to add my own personalized rating to the mix of letters that characterized the course of the world economy. At the time, experts spoke of V, U, L and W ratings of upcoming [Read more]
It almost appears that Obama, the Democrat, is conducting a form of recessive foreign policy that one would associate with "America-first" Republicans. [Read more]
Barack Obama is trying to drive a wedge between the rich and the rest.
The belief in a rosy future is deep-rooted in America’s collective psyche. This pleasant characteristic explains who so many low-wage earners in the United States are against higher tax rates for the rich — those who think of becoming rich [Read more]
The U.S. is turning away from Europe and toward the Pacific region. For the old continent, this means a weakening because the constraints of austerity rule out high military expenditures.
Respect, respect, what an enormous sum! U.S. President Barack Obama wants to save $487 billion in military expenditures over the [Read more]
... a class warrior must proceed carefully. [Read more]
<i>Was Johnny Depp at the Obamas' Halloween party? If so, why did they conceal it? And what role does the popular first lady actually play in the White House? A tell-all book about the president’s family finds answers to such questions and is providing for much excitement in the United States.</i>One can safely [Read more]
The U.S. is announcing the destruction of 90 percent of its chemical weapons. It won’t be able to deal with the rest, however, until 2021, just like Russia will fail to meet the deadline of the disarmament treaty.
According to its own statements, the U.S. has destroyed almost all of its chemical weapons. [Read more]
It is becoming clear in the Republican race for the presidential candidacy: Not topics, but instead the account balance decides the success of an election campaign in the U.S. Anyone whose own budget is not sufficient is slipped a check by business friends — quite legally. Because the rules for donations are in fact [Read more]
If the U.S. were to radically reduce their arsenal, they would also have to rethink strategy. [Read more]
Is Barack Obama a Muslim in disguise? Republican Rick Santorum alleges the U.S. president’s faith is “not a theology based on the Bible.” Obama’s camp reacts indignantly and speaks of the “latest low” in the Republican primary campaign. The devout churchgoer Santorum is only partly leading it. [Read more]
"Apple’s [support for inspections of their manufacturers] may help take the edge off of the growing criticism of consumers; however, the affected workers need further support to be able to enforce their rights." [Read more]
<i>With the budget proposal for 2013, Obama’s presidency gains a tragic component. Many of his plans would be right; however, they do not stand a chance in the U.S. House of Representatives. The United States has lost four years — and above all, with his budget plan, Obama is delivering ammunition for ideological [Read more]
<br>Everything was supposed to get better. Obama wanted to change America; indeed, change the whole world. In the electoral campaign of 2008 he promised the Americans sweeping change: closure of the prison camp Guantánamo, fight against climate change, control of the horrendous national debt. But after three years in [Read more]
<i>In front of America’s Jews, Barack Obama pledged to hinder an Iranian nuclear bomb militarily if necessary, but not just yet. </i>
On Sunday was perhaps one of the American president's most important political speeches at the moment, nationally as well as internationally. No address was observed with so much [Read more]
It almost appears that the media coverage has borne fruit, and the relatively closed Apple firm would become a little more transparent. But only almost. [Read more]
The French election shows: These days, radicals are setting the tone, not the moderates any longer.
There were times in which parties preferred nothing more than camping in the middle of the political landscape. Although they dauntlessly stepped on one another’s toes there, they all knew that elections were to be [Read more]
<i>Mitt Romney is fiercely attacking Barack Obama. Yet the election will not be decided by aggressive rhetoric. Instead, the winner will be the one who offers the middle class a new perspective.</i>
One of the most successful TV series of the times is the saga “Mad Men,” set in the New York advertising milieu in [Read more]
The violent death of teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida shows that it is still life-threatening to be black in America. Instead of the courts, the media and demonstrators are debating the case.
America’s black population demands justice for their “martyr”; in mourning, America’s president perceives the killed [Read more]
<i>Obama’s health care reform has divided Americans more deeply than any other domestic topic has in decades. The bitter fight touches upon fears that are deeply rooted in the American psyche: How deeply can the government be permitted to interfere in the lives of the individual citizen.</i>
Every American hates [Read more]
<i>While the West trembled in the face of the first oil price shock, considerably higher prices are meanwhile accepted as “normal.”</i>
When the price of oil rose above $100 per barrel, the world was in an uproar about crossing this psychologically important mark. The anxious question was whether the global [Read more]
Quick: Who are the three wittiest politicians in Germany? Well? Or at least the top two of the republic’s most humorous representatives of the people? Nothing? Nothing at all? Not even one? One with a sense of humor? Some claim Angela Merkel is sometimes quite funny. No? Very well then...
In Germany, politics and [Read more]
<i>The CIA is now permitted to intensify the drone war: suspicious individuals can be killed without being identified by name. Human rights activists are frustrated.</i>
Barack Obama is escalating the undeclared war in Yemen: In the future, the CIA will be permitted to intensify their drone attacks. After permitting [Read more]
<i>Today a lifestyle medium in the North, tomorrow already societal power in the South: U.S. President Obama places responsibility on social networks, when it comes to the fight against authoritarian regimes. In the long term, however, Facebook has another problem. In the future, growth will no longer take place in [Read more]
Growing diversity is no reason for development toward a European federation to come to a standstill. [Read more]
The crisis in the Middle East has slipped from the grasp of the U.S. The escalating violence in the Gaza Strip shows that as well. Barack Obama will have to give up his wait and see position, yet on account of the complicated relationships with Egypt and Israel, he lacks the alternatives to do that. Only one thing [Read more]
The world has no interest in either the downfall of the U.S. or the internal collapse in China. But the Chinese system is unquestionably under greater pressure ... [Read more]
Obama has to stimulate the economy with government spending. Europe is a cautionary example, which could convince Republicans who, up to now, have blocked everything.
Nevertheless, the worst has been averted. Republicans had really clear goals for U.S. economic policy: They wanted to weaken bank regulation and reduce [Read more]
<b>The Aging of US Society Will Drastically Increase the Debt Problem</b>
If one used the stock market as a gauge for the economic impact of U.S. election results, the frustration could hardly be higher. The most important indices ended the day of going to the polls with a loss of considerably more than two percent, [Read more]
That Mitt Romney lost the presidential election is due to Barack Obama’s vast superiority. [Read more]
After the poor debate performance of U.S. President Obama, his vice president is burdened with great pressure to make up for it, and challenger Paul Ryan is of a higher caliber than 2008’s challenger, Sarah Palin. Joe Biden had better not repeat this sentence: “The middle class was buried the last four years,” [Read more]
If one reads and hears the reactions in this country, then it is clear: The incontrovertible fact that an American conservative comes off well is virtually contrary to nature. [Read more]
While al-Qaeda is considered the greatest threat since Sept. 11, most of the terrorist attacks in the past 10 years have originated from either right-wing extremists or from groups that are not primarily racist, but reject the government or state and are ideologically far right. [Read more]
Ryan knows what it feels like to fail with radical conservative ideas in presidential elections. He was Kemp's young speechwriter at the time. [Read more]
Julián Castro has many qualities that make him a bearer of hope for the U.S. Democrats. Many already see the politician of Hispanic-American descent as the next candidate for election in 2016 and as a possible successor to Obama.
Shortly after entering office in 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama called together a [Read more]
<i>London, Israel, Poland: the destinations of the United States’ Republican candidate are determined by the election campaign.</i> [Read more]
Moody’s has warned Germany about a downgrade in credit rating and thereby fuels conspiracy theories: Are the ratings agencies writing the Euro off? It is striking that American rating assessors often ignore negative developments in the U.S. and Japan. It is also clear that the risks for Germany in the Euro crisis are [Read more]
<i>Would an armed moviegoer have been able to stop the assassin of Aurora? So goes discussion in the U.S. of the shooting spree. For years, the NRA, with its 4 million members, has done a good job.</i>
Carolyn McCarthy’s husband died on Dec. 7, 1993 – shot to death because he was in the wrong place at the wrong [Read more]
The U.S. Secretary of State was mild in Cairo: No more talk of tying U.S. financial aid to any democratic requirements. [Read more]
Again and again, America experiences such brutal shootings as the current one in Aurora... Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” offers a brutal reflection: The exhibitionism of violence that the film develops has been taken from society. [Read more]
The small announcement sounded like deftly-launched grousing: About twice as many Americans, so it said, would trust Barack Obama over his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, to defend against an invasion by extraterrestrials. This survey started off the most important domestic policy day in the United States in a long [Read more]
<i>In his new book, Zbigniew Brzezinski, the now 84-year-old national security adviser to U.S. President Jimmy Carter, addresses the issue of what the world would look like if the U.S. were no longer a super power.</i>
Seldom before has any author written so clearly, so openly, so bluntly: “Too rich to be relevant [Read more]
<i>U.S. President Obama has surprisingly announced that illegal immigrants will be permitted to apply for amnesty. That could secure the election for him.</i>
A good six weeks ago, U.S. President Barack Obama had official confirmation. The U.S. Census Office officially determined what had been suspected for the last [Read more]
The legal system in the U.S. is in danger. Namely because the U.S. Congress never approved the deployment of combat drones and special troops although Article Eight of the Constitution assigns it the sole right to declare and finance war. [Read more]
The West has no military option for Syria – no matter how often it talks about it. Neither NATO nor the Europeans will go after the regime with force. Instead of acting as if there were still a military option available, it would be wiser to focus totally on a diplomatic solution.
The pictures and news from Syria [Read more]
“The Russians keep telling us they want to do everything they can to avoid a civil war. I am telling them that their position is going to help contribute to a civil war.” [Read more]
The German language has an increasingly difficult position in U.S. classrooms. We must ensure that Americans' interest in our country is kept alive. [Read more]
"Apart from the gardens, Barack Obama is pursuing an election strategy that is not as easy to sell as the garden history of the White House." [Read more]
There is talk of crisis on both sides of the Atlantic. The U.S., however, holds better cards to pull off a comeback. [Read more]
The first term of the U.S. president was a disappointment when it came to environmental protection. Effective immediately, Obama announced that he wants to change that.
Barack Obama announced this week with grand words that he will finally do something for the environment. “But if Congress won’t act soon to [Read more]
Reproductive medicine has hardly any legal restrictions in the U.S. That has created a multi-billion-dollar market for donated eggs and surrogate mothers — and ethical abysses.
$50,000: That’s how much an anonymous couple offered female students at the elite Brown University for egg donations. $1.90 per hour: [Read more]
What mockery. This filibuster is a bugle call that the Republicans in Congress are using to attack everything the president suggested in his big State of the Union address on Tuesday. [Read more]
With a tactical move the Republican minority in the Senate has blocked approval of the new head of the Pentagon. They don’t want to rubber stamp their fellow party member, Chuck Hagel. Calculation lies behind this affront, which will have consequences for President Obama and his cabinet.
Harry Reid is angry and fed [Read more]
How does that go together logically – such a soaring admiration for the American president and such an abysmal contempt of America? Have the Germans already forgotten who elected Obama? [Read more]
The good thing about John Brennan’s nomination for the position of future CIA head is the debate that the nomination has unleashed. [Read more]
Out of the necessity to develop new markets and the pressure to constrain users, Apple and Facebook will fail. That sounds like a risky thesis, when it is a matter of one of the most important electronic companies (and until recently, the stock market’s most valuable firm in the world) and the largest social network, [Read more]
There would be a fundamental upheaval if energy-hungry countries were suddenly able to supply themselves independently thanks to the technology of “fracking.” It would be in a geo-strategic turning point.
Let’s imagine a reformed OPEC in, let’s say, ten or twenty years. The president would no longer be from [Read more]
The budget deal brokered by the U.S. Senate is only a temporary solution. In two months the parties will need to try to come to terms again.
No U.S. Congress has ever had a worse reputation than this one: At the end of 2012 only five percent of Americans believe that their representatives are doing a competent job. [Read more]
Every friendship ends at money — above all in politics. Ultimately, the fight over the new budget plan in the U.S. Congress shows the weaknesses of the political system.
A political system that promotes an ideological polarization of the population, or at least does not prevent it; a political system that in the [Read more]
Look here, taxes can be raised without causing the end of the world! [Read more]
Who still remembers Bradley Manning, Wikileaks and the secret computer data from the Iraq War? Manning is not the only traitor in the whole fiasco, but he is the only one who is being punished.
He’s a pale young man. He’s 5’2, 24 years old and wears glasses. Two and a half years ago he kept the world in [Read more]
More than 2,000 people are supposed to have been killed by drone attacks in recent years. Up to now, there have been no rules for the deployment of battle drones. In the election campaign, President Obama promised to finally end that. But now he is in no rush.
Fear motivates action, even in the Oval Office, the [Read more]
With the U.S. no longer able to play the much maligned yet absolutely essential role of global peacekeeping power, instability and chaos threaten. [Read more]
The Boy Scouts of America has declared a change in its bylaws for young members, yet it essentially continues to discriminate. [Read more]
Does Obama’s speech mean the return of morals in the American war on terror? Stricter rules for drone warfare, his push to close Guantanamo and bringing down the curtain on the Bush years at first glance seems like a new beginning. But the truth is: America is still caught in the logic of the Bush era. [Read more]
The dissociation from the policies of his predecessor, George W. Bush, was the trademark of Barack Obama’s election campaign that brought him into the White House in 2009. In the center of the criticism: the war in Iraq and the so-called war on terror.
Obama ended the Iraq War, at least concerning the direct [Read more]
<i>Apple defends itself before the U.S. Senate for having hardly paid any taxes. German politicians are proud that they alertly helped the EU economize.</i>
In the middle of the crisis, the EU discovers a new source of income: taxes. In advance of the Brussels summit, EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso said [Read more]
The lesson is clear: Anyone who is not 'normal' must be sick and should be adjusted as soon as possible. [Read more]
Myanmar’s president in the White House: The U.S. is primarily pursuing geopolitical interests during the historical visit from Southeast Asia because hardly any other country offers so many sources of raw materials. There will probably be scarcely any room for criticism of human rights violations.Burma was the last [Read more]
The advice was surprisingly open — and public: In front of the assembled U.S. and British press, Barack Obama urged British Prime Minister David Cameron to repair the U.K.’s relations with the continental EU before London thinks of withdrawing from the union. The fact that this otherwise reserved president chose [Read more]
<i>After the re-election, everything seems to be going wrong in the White House. U.S. President Barack Obama grapples with scandals. Is the fate of George W. Bush blossoming for him? </i>
Politically, Barack Obama will be very under the weather when he arrives in Berlin on June 18. His government has to battle [Read more]
In the Syrian civil war there are no clear fronts. The West can hardly do anything more than wait for the exhaustion of the parties. The common interest: to take chemical weapons away from the Syrians. [Read more]
<i>The U.S. faces formidable challenges: The national debt alone has risen to $16.7 trillion. Yet, instead of acting, President Obama escapes to irrelevant trifles.</i>
On the evening after Barack Obama left for a trip to Mexico, comedian Jay Leno made fun of his otherwise cherished president in the opening of his [Read more]
It appears as if American society could tolerate a society in which school children and other innocents are regularly murdered by the mentally ill with freely available weapons. If, however, the attacks are perpetrated by persons designated as 'terrorists,' collective hysteria breaks out [Read more]
Last week a five-year-old shot a two-year-old in Kentucky. Why wasn’t the little one armed? [Read more]
Under Obama, economic inequality is growing. He is the first Democratic president to propose cuts to Social Security. [Read more]
The most recent news out of North Korea sounds familiar: The regime in Pyongyang has repeatedly extorted dialogue with the U.S. via the arbitrary arrest and severe punishment of a U.S. citizen. Ex-President Jimmy Carter’s readiness to travel to North Korea is therefore understandably controversial. Carter too knows [Read more]
The American film industry is criticizing the assault weapon ban in the state of New York; it sees the shooting of action films as being in danger. The pressure that the industry is gathering is symptomatic of the influence of lobby groups in U.S. politics. The battle for generous subsidies is being bitterly waged. [Read more]
<i>Cheap money, cheap energy and cheap labor are making for a comeback of industry. Europe looks across the Atlantic with envy. However, it cannot copy the American model.</i>
Henry Ford would be pleased. After four and a half years of crisis, things are getting better for the children of the forefather of modern [Read more]
The shale gas boom in the U.S. is yielding all kinds of strange effects. [Read more]
<i>Verbal show of muscle or threat of an armed conflict to be taken seriously? Kim Jong Un announces a “state of war” and threatens the U.S. with an attack. Experts consider concrete war plans on the part of the dictator to be improbable but warn not to underestimate the situation.</i>
Threatening gestures from [Read more]
<i> How much freedom are we willing to sacrifice to gain a security that can never be absolute? That is the question we must ask ourselves, as shock and anger settle deeply over Boston.</i>
Naturally, it was only a question of time until the summons came: We need to install more cameras in cities, Republican [Read more]
The terrorist attack in Boston is supposed to split the United States. President Obama, however, can unite the country if he acts prudently.
Obama’s first reaction after the bombings in Boston was characterized by extreme caution. We didn’t yet know anything specific about the circumstances, explained the U.S. [Read more]
The effect and essence of terror lie in the randomness with which it makes people victims. Why must an eight-year-old boy — waiting to take his father in his arms after a successful run at the finish line of the Boston Marathon — die? Why do others, who gave their best on the stretch, end up as cripples? Why do [Read more]
<i>The prisoners in the detention camp in Guantanamo have good reasons for calling attention to their terrible situation with hunger strikes and riots.</i>
Guantanamo, which goes against international law, has largely disappeared from the awareness of the Americans. During the election campaign last year, Barack Obama [Read more]
The prospect that the terrorists could be acting out of a conviction of defending original American values is probably a far more terrible alternative for American citizens than Islamist, and therefore somehow 'foreign,' terrorists [Read more]
Drones kill the enemy from a distance, precisely and inexpensively. One’s own soldiers don’t die in the process. Civilian victims are minimized. That is the ideological essence of drone warfare. It is very seductive. U.S. President Barack Obama has relied on it for a fairly long time; more and more governments are [Read more]
When it comes to guns, a large number of U.S. legislators do not listen to those who elect them, but rather to those who finance them — the gun lobby [Read more]
New sounds are to be heard in Washington. There is evidence that Democrats and Republicans are perhaps finding a common denominator after a long blockade, even on debt reduction, a topic where a deep trench gapes between the two parties. What is new is that Obama is signaling a readiness for significant savings in [Read more]
In the U.S. one is no longer permitted to say that someone is beautiful, but only that he does good work. [Read more]
<i>New cyber world or total surveillance horror? Google Glass can be both.</i>
The idiots have long been among us. Normal-seeming fellow human beings who suddenly speak to no one. They run through the streets babbling. "Is he?" one asks oneself, then looks, until the other turns his head and over his ear is a headset. [Read more]
Now she sits there with hat and handbag, probably forever. In the Capitol, there has just been the unveiling of a statue of Rosa Parks. In 1955, Ms. Parks, a black woman, refused to give her seat on a bus to a white person. Thus began the Civil Rights Movement, a persuasive measure that resulted in the federal [Read more]
Recent reports concerning working conditions at Amazon have stirred resistance among publishers and customers. They, however, cannot do much against this monopolist.
Oh, had this Jeff Bezos never founded Amazon… This complaint has been circulating in the book trade for a while. Because publishers and booksellers can [Read more]
Even the winner of a Nobel Peace Prize could have a threshold of tolerance — and the moral duty to act. [Read more]
Even if U.S. President Barack Obama has not yet decided about a military intervention in Syria, Secretary of Defense Hagel is preparing scenarios for an intervention: targeted military attacks, no-fly zones or arming the rebels. All options contain risks. One possibility remains — and that ultimately depends on [Read more]
<i>WikiLeaks informant Bradley Manning has been declared guilty on many charges. But on principle, someone like him should never have been allowed to have access to volatile information.</i>
Bradley Manning did not receive a life sentence, but could theoretically face over 100 years in prison. Bradley Manning is [Read more]
As long as Apple resorts to lip service and tolerates the abuses, the filth of an exploitative firm will stick to every iPhone. [Read more]
That the U.S. collection of data is already inherently excessive — even for defense against terrorism — is apparently not yet enough for a mass movement [Read more]
The verdict against WikiLeaks informant Bradley Manning is unsurprising: Even if his actions are morally justified, he is a betrayer of secrets.
Bradley Manning cannot have seriously counted on an acquittal. The young private in the American army admitted that he stole secret data from the U.S. military and Department [Read more]
The White House has been pitching a series of moral sermons as if it were a matter of the new Superman film [Read more]
So soon after the crisis, the banks are back to magnificent earnings, but to what extent are these high profits a sign that the banks are actually becoming a security risk again? [Read more]
His remarks have astonishingly not deepened any divisions in society because Obama sagely clarified the complexity of the topic, including the problems within the black community. [Read more]
Barack Obama’s words about everyday racism were more than an appeasement strategy. But now the president needs to stick with it.
The illusion is crumbling. For the last four and a half years, the U.S. has had a black president and whoever wasn’t looking closely could get the impression that the country had [Read more]
The intelligence agency informant Edward Snowden is increasingly causing distress for Russia’s president.
In the history of espionage, the informant who conveyed military, economic or political secrets was most of the time a favored hero. Only those who disclosed secrets from inside an intelligence service were [Read more]
Whether the shooting of Trayvon Martin was motivated by racism remains speculation. The real scandal is Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. [Read more]
U.S. President Barack Obama, the brilliant constitutional lawyer, allows himself to be led by the same paranoia that drove his predecessor, George W. Bush. [Read more]
America argued so much about the role off skin color in this case that another key topic went mostly unnoticed: the dangers and excesses of self-administered justice. [Read more]
Is America’s original sin of racism catching up to it? Do special laws apply for blacks in the fifth year in office of the first black president of the United States? [Read more]
<i>German Minister of the Interior Hans-Peter Friedrich is not bringing many concrete answers along from his trip to Washington. German dealings with Edward Snowden are embarrassing; without him, they would know nothing of the investigations of the American and British intelligence agencies.</i>
The German minister of [Read more]
The American whistle-blower seeks protection in a country that for years has violated civil rights and liberties, persecuted and locked away opposition members and wants to turn Snowden into a puppet.
Edward Snowden is moving to a country where nonsense flourishes. In days to come he will seek protection in a country [Read more]
No one in Brussels, much less in Berlin, ever seriously thought — with all the anger at Washington — of endangering the beginning of the free trade talks on Monday [Read more]
The U.S. government demonstrates a will to destroy whistle-blowers that no longer has anything to do with legal prosecution. And European governments remain silent or participate. [Read more]
Spying on allies is not right, but in our indignation we do not ask whether the distrustfulness of the U.S. has its justification. It cannot always be sure of its German friends.
Germany and Europe are outraged: The U.S. is spying on us. Very few nations — for example, Iran and Pakistan — are watched more [Read more]
The U.S. likes to justify its data collection mania with the global war on terror. Now it looks as if the National Security Agency (NSA) not only extensively spied on countries, but even bugged EU offices. For that latest action, the terror argument is invalid. It is time for a European ultimatum.
Apparently it is [Read more]
Edward Snowden has launched an overdue debate about the monitoring activities of intelligence agencies and the value of personal freedom. [Read more]
Victories on a small scale often taste better than those that are merely issued by decree. For the underdogs, the heterosexuals, this is not good news. May their gods console them, for who else will? [Read more]
<i>The conservative majority on the Supreme Court could not prevail — a major defeat for all opponents of same-sex marriage in the United States. But the judges did leave them one hope.</i>
For the last several years in the U.S., there have been many indications that the rejection of same-sex marriage could no [Read more]
Apparently a global alliance has formed to rescue a whistle-blower from Washington’s merciless prosecutors. [Read more]
Racism in America is a beast that is still breathing. It has become tamed, but it lives; it is no longer as wild as it once was, but it is more cunning [Read more]
<i>Erstwhile supporters are irked by harsh political realism.</i>
When Barack Obama made the case for immigration reform the other day, he let Tolu Olubunmi speak, very ceremoniously, in the glow of chandeliers in the East Room. The 32-year-old, who came to America from Nigeria at age 14, appeared at the side of her [Read more]
<i>After PRISM, European privacy advocates want to force Google into a more sensible handling of data. However, only a European law will help.</i>
The outcry of privacy advocates is coming too late. After all, the EU Parliament had known since December 2012 at the latest that U.S. intelligence agencies could legally [Read more]
Whatever Obama was before, today he is surely the most unsentimental political realist to govern America in a long time. [Read more]
Actually, President Obama would love Germany because Germany loves him: 87 percent of Germans would elect him, 79 percent find his administration good — in spite of Guantanamo. Those are numbers Obama can only dream of at home. Yet this Tuesday, the American president is coming to a land that has remained foreign to [Read more]
<i>U.S. President Barack Obama now wants to have military equipment delivered to the insurgents after all: small arms and ammunition — but no anti-aircraft missiles. That is as if a doctor were prescribing cough syrup for a seriously ill tuberculosis patient.</i>
There is a work by the great master Rembrandt van [Read more]
No other country is as unrestrainedly spied upon by the U.S. intelligence services as Germany. [Read more]
<i>The decision to deliver American weapons to the Syrian insurgents is a poor one. U.S. President Obama is beginning to involve the U.S. in a conflict that can no longer be controlled.</i>
In 2003, then U.S. President George W. Bush justified the invasion of Iraq with a lie. The weapons of mass destruction that [Read more]
Openness and an explanation from the U.S. administration rank as the top priorities now. All facts must be placed on the table. [Read more]
<b>Since a few days ago, Washington is permitting U.S. firms in Iran to sell computers, mobile telephones and software for personal use. Consequently, the people can get easier access to the Internet.</b>
Freedom of expression is a human right. The U.S. has now perhaps unpacked the strongest weapon that exists in [Read more]
The stability between the U.S. and China is endangered. Sooner or later bitter controversies threaten, possibly even wars. At their meeting in California, U.S. President Obama and Chinese President Xi must also consider the question of how much conflict the two nations will tolerate. It is high time to build trust. [Read more]
<i>Many see only the threats surrounding the collection of data by the U.S. National Security Administration, completely forgetting the good and solid reasons to keep data streams in the government’s sight.</i>
It was a field day for all privacy groups and doomsayers who primarily see a superhuman, monstrous threat [Read more]
What do we have to fear, if we have nothing to hide? Plenty!
If one wants to find out something about a person today, one no longer needs a private detective. One only needs an Internet connection and a Facebook account. It is remarkable what intimate details people reveal about themselves voluntarily. The National [Read more]
Compared to the NSA, the MfS [Ministry of State Security] in the extinct German Democratic Republic looks like an orphan. Thanks to The Guardian, published in Britain, we now know that the largest American security service is snooping on citizens in the U.S. — and in the rest of the world — in every electronic [Read more]
There are large differences between a wiretapped telephone conversation and a worldwide dragnet investigation. The automation of such processes, in which a keyword out of context can sound an alarm, makes a threat, not an opportunity, out of big data. [Read more]
The week after next, Barack Obama is coming to the Berlin for the first time as a U.S. president. At Angela Merkel’s invitation, he will be permitted to give a speech at the Brandenburg Gate. In 2008 he was refused this honor — but now the chancellor is in an election campaign.
The difference between good and bad [Read more]
Pakistan suffers like no other country from the U.S. drone war. Yet Prime Minister Sharif doesn’t really want to end it. His country will stick with its tradition of a rhetorical double game. [Read more]
<i>Experiences after the Arab Spring and Iraq: change of regime is not enough.</i>
Western hopes for a more liberal society, more citizens’ rights and greater freedom of the press after the Arab Spring have not been fulfilled. Anyone who listened to colleagues from these countries at the recent World Congress of the [Read more]
Politicians from the Left and the Greens are now demanding an explanation and justification of the German support of U.S. actions that are 'against international law.' [Read more]
Obama’s unambiguous policy is not smart military strategy [Read more]
Bad news is coming from two U.S. mining sites. The yield from fracking has not met expectations. Must the industry, previously spoiled by success, change its thinking?
The expectations of oil and gas production from shale can remain high — for years they have regularly been exceeded. Again and again, results surpass [Read more]
The use of combat drones is not similar to a computer-guided hammer. It is more like a powerful pair of pliers, with which every private sphere is broken open, before a nation triggers the ambush. [Read more]
<i>Marijuana should be made legal, urges the Organization of American States. It would be progress. Yet the drug war would not end with that alone.</i>
Should marijuana be marketed legally in the future? The demand sounds wrong to many. Yet a new report from the Organization of American States (OAS) is creating new [Read more]
One doesn’t spy on allies like they were drug lords in Colombia. [Read more]
The reports could not be any clearer: The NSA is engaging in political and economic espionage on a grand scale. [Read more]
The crisis in Washington is over — for the time being. The rest of the world can only hope that this time the U.S. will finally overcome its ideological discord. [Read more]
Is the U.S. sliding into an inability to pay? Until now, common sense has said no to the apocalyptic vision for global financial markets based on past experiences. But common sense is no longer applicable when one views the budget fight between the world power’s representatives of the people.
Only a few days remain [Read more]
If the U.S. has not raised its debt limit by Thursday, the dollar will falter as the lead currency. But the blockade in Washington continues.
On the 14th day of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government caused by Congress and only three days before the next “Made in America” recession threatens, the power games [Read more]
The strike against top terrorist Anas al-Libi in Libya strengthens the weakened president in Washington. At the same time, it reveals how strong the terror network in the Arab sphere is again.
Most fictions end fictitiously. One of them is that the current budget crisis in the United States is to be evaluated as a [Read more]
<i>The situation in Syria doesn’t only matter to the Western world. It is being followed just as intensely by Iran: how the U.S. struggles and Russia seizes the opportunity for initiative. Tehran will draw its conclusions from that — primarily in regard to the upcoming negotiations about the country’s [Read more]
As much as the financial markets are celebrating, the danger for the economy is immense. Wherein does the risk lie? [Read more]
With his article in The New York Times, the Russian president is getting into a discussion that he would never allow in Russia. He is perfidiously trying to rouse Iraq War trauma with it.
Seen long-term, dictators and autocrats are a dying breed. Therefore many of those still existing have recognized that they must [Read more]
Because United Nations inspectors are only supposed to determine whether chemical weapons were deployed in Syria and not who deployed them, it was clear from the start that the argument would continue between Russia on one side and Washington, London and Paris on the other.
Of course, it is not irrelevant whether the [Read more]
The pictures of the outwardly intact dead have hardly led to more attention to the situation in Syria. Instead, the world passionately discusses the dilemma in which Obama got tangled. [Read more]
The diplomatic tug-of-war over a U.S. military strike is in full play, but behind the scenes, the die has already long been cast. The supposed ultimatum of the U.S. secretary of state will change precious little about it.
Kerry was a little reminiscent of former SED politburo member [Günter] Schabowski [a member of [Read more]
If Barack Obama were not president, the politician from Chicago would probably reject a strike against Syria and declare it 'dumb.' In what concerns the foreign policy of the U.S. in general, he remains an innovator. [Read more]
<b>Critics interpret Obama’s measure to seek a congressional vote for the Syrian campaign as desperate. But in reality, he is using it to create the best possible scenario for intimidation.</b>
The probability is high that the U.S. will conduct an intervention in Syria. It is also quite possible, however, that this [Read more]
Naturally, it is no coincidence that yesterday Israel fired two ballistic missiles in the Mediterranean that were registered by Russian radar stations. And naturally, it is just as little of a coincidence that these were aimed toward the east. If such a thing happens, just at the climax of the debate about a military [Read more]
Has Google become one of the most dangerous monopolies in the information technology world? [Read more]
<i>The workers of the only Volkswagen plant in the United States do not want employee representation patterned after a German model. With that, the conflict-oriented labor union in the U.S. has served its time – even if anger about extreme inequality in society is growing.</i>
The U.S. will remain without a VW [Read more]
<i>Fifty years after President Johnson’s campaign to battle poverty, the “American dream” of modest prosperity remains unfulfillable for every sixth American.</i>
In his first State of the Union address, Lyndon B. Johnson made a bold announcement: “This administration today, here and now, declares [Read more]
'We’ll get to the finals later,' says the commentator. Later? It all happened 18 hours ago! [Read more]
Many Germans warn of a free trade agreement with the U.S. They fear lax controls on foodstuffs. At the same time, America is stricter than the EU in numerous areas. The treaty would bring advantages. [Read more]
Whether it’s about scrunchies, the “thin-skinned“ President Putin or the delicate issue of the NSA, Hillary Clinton counters every question of Günther Jauch. It is not difficult for her.
For one moment Günther Jauch had succeeded: His counterpart is rattled. The moderator ingenuously looked at Hillary [Read more]