Guardian Weekly 12th March 2021

The Guardian Weekly magazine is a round-up of the world news, opinion and long reads that have shaped the week. Inside, the past seven days' most memorable stories are reframed with striking photography and insightful companion pieces, all handpicked from The Guardian and The Observer.

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eyewitness iraq

Rubble yell Pope Francis speaks at a square near the ruins of the Syriac Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception (al-Tahira-l-Kubra), in the predominantly Christian town of Qaraqosh (Baghdeda), in Nineveh province, last Sunday. Francis’s historic three-day tour was the first papal visit to the country. The Guardian Weekly Founded in Manchester, England 4 July 1919 Guardian Weekly is an edited selection of some of the best journalism found in the Guardian and Observer newspapers in the UK and the Guardian’s digital editions in the UK, US and Australia. The weekly magazine has an international focus and three editions: global, Australia and North America. The Guardian was founded in 1821, and Guardian Weekly in 1919. We exist to hold power to account in the name of the public interest, to uphold liberal and progressive values,…

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a family crisis, a resistance broken and a vaccine payday

It would be easy to dismiss the fallout between the royal family and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as nothing more than a soap opera. But the royal family remains – despite its frequent crises and dramas – at the centre of Britain’s idea of itself. The accusations by Meghan and Harry of racism and mistreatment have ignited a global debate and shone a light on the reality of how multicultural modern Britain really is. As the fallout from the Sussexes’ incendiary interview continues, Zoe Williams asks how anyone can stand to be part of the royal circus, while historian David Olusoga wonders why the UK found it so hard to live up to an image of multiculturalism. Finally, Aamna Mohdin talks to black British women about what the…

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global report

1 UNITED STATES Democrats’ aid package moves towards approval Joe Biden hailed “one more giant step forward on delivering on that promise that help is on the way”, after Democrats moved towards a first major legislative victory since assuming control of Congress, with a vote in the Senate to approve a $1.9tn coronavirus relief bill. After a marathon voting session, Democrats overcame Republican opposition to approve the sweeping stimulus package. The final tally was 50-49, with one Republican senator absent. One of the largest emergency aid packages in US history returns to the House for final approval before being signed into law by Biden. Nancy Pelosi, pictured, the House speaker, has said she expects to approve the measure before Monday (14 March), when tens of millions of Americans risk losing unemployment benefits if no…

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Bunny Wailer The musician who, alongside Wailers bandmates Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, helped popularise Jamaican music worldwide before embarking on a respected solo career. He died on 2 March, aged 73. Olivier Dassault The French billionaire and conservative member of parliament. He died in a helicopter crash in Normandy on 7 March, aged 69. Carla Wallenda The American high-wire walker, a founding member of the Flying Wallendas act. She retired in 2017 at 81 after appearing on a TV special, doing a headstand atop an 24-metre sway pole. She died on 6 March, aged 85. Leon Gast The American documentary maker who won an Oscar for 1996’s boxing film When We Were Kings. He died on 8 March, aged 85.…

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science and environment

SPACE Chance encounter captures Venusian landscape A newly released image from Nasa’s Parker Solar Probe unexpectedly shows surface features on Venus, including Aphrodite Terra, a highland region near Venus’s equator. It is a surprising result because Venus is permanently covered in clouds that should block out any view of the surface at optical wavelengths. The image was taken in July 2020 when the spacecraft flew by Venus en route to the sun. Scientists think that either the camera is registering infrared light, even though it was not designed to do so, or there is a window in the Venusian clouds that lets out certain faint wavelengths of visible light. CO2 EMISSIONS Lockdown every two years to meet Paris agreement Carbon dioxide emissions must fall by the equivalent of a global lockdown roughly every two years…

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united kingdom

BUDGET Chancellor raises taxes but keeps pandemic measures Rishi Sunak delivered a spend now, pay later budget combining life support for the economy with the biggest tax increases since 1993. The chancellor said he would “go long”–extending many pandemic support measures, including furlough, until the end of September at a cost to the Treasury of £65bn ($89.9bn). But two years in which the budget deficit would be the highest in peacetime history meant he had no choice but to freeze personal tax allowances and raise corporation tax from 19% to 25% in one jump in 2023. The independent Office for Budget Responsibility has pencilled in a rapid bounceback of 7.3% growth next year, but even so the long-term damage from Covid-19 is expected to leave the economy 3% smaller in five years’ time…