Guardian Weekly 26th 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 russia

All-terrain Putin Russian president Vladimir Putin and his defence minister Sergei Shoygu spent an outdoorsy weekend in Siberia. Earlier in the week Putin had confirmed a new period of post-Trump US-Russian hostility by shrugging off Joe Biden’s suggestion that he was a “killer”, saying that it “takes one to know one”. 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…

2 min
jabs at the az vaccine, britain’s comedy pm and more us hate

It’s been an infuriating week or so for AstraZeneca and those hoping for a swift deployment of its Oxford vaccine. First, fears of a link to blood clots saw many states pause their rollout of the jab before swiftly changing tack after its safety was confirmed. The moves will do little to boost confidence in the vaccine, which has been beset by PR problems. There was also the news that supplies of the vaccine to the UK were due to slump because of production issues in India and an ongoing row between the EU and UK about exports of vaccines. Do these struggles threaten – in the UK at least – to derail a mass vaccination programme that has helped dramatically reduce deaths since January’s huge third wave? The big…

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global report

1 CLIMATE CRISIS Oil firms knew fossil-fuel health risks 50 years ago The oil industry knew at least 50 years ago that air pollution from burning fossil fuels posed serious risks to human health, only to spend decades aggressively lobbying against clean air regulations, internal documents seen by the Guardian reveal. Oil and gas companies released material aimed at raising uncertainty over the harm caused by air pollution and used this to deter US lawmakers from placing further limits on pollutants. “The response from fossil-fuel interests has been from the same playbook – first they know, then they scheme, then they deny and then they delay,” said Geoffrey Supran, a researcher at Harvard University. In internal memos and reports, Imperial Oil, an Exxon subsidiary, acknowledged in 1967 the petroleum industry was a “major contributor…

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Nawal El Saadawi The Egyptian feminist author, doctor and campaigner who stood up to her country’s political and religious establishment. She died on 21 March, aged 89. Sabine Schmitz The German racing driver and Top Gear TV host. She was the only female winner of the 24 Hours Nürburgring. She died on 16 March, aged 51. Katherine Diaz The Salvador an surfer who was struck and killed by lightning while training for the sport’s Olympic debut. She died on 20 March, aged 22. James Levine The American conductor of the Metropolitan Opera who was removed over accusations of sexual misconduct in 2017. He died on 9 March, aged 77. Carola Eisenberg The American doctor who won a Nobel Peace Prize for her campaign against landmines. She died on 11 March, aged 103.…

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science and environment

ARCHAEOLOGY Dead Sea scroll fragments found in Judean cave Archaeologists have unearthed two dozen Dead Sea scroll fragments from a cave in the Judean Desert, the first discovery of such Jewish religious texts in more than half a century. The fragments, Greek translations of the books of Zechariah and Nahum from the Hebrew Bible’s Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets, may have been stashed in the cave during the Bar Kochba revolt, a Jewish uprising against Roman Emperor Hadrian, between AD132 and AD136. SPACE New bacteria found on International Space Station Four species of bacteria – three of them previously unknown – have been discovered onboard the International Space Station (ISS). The new bacteria were identified from swabs of various locations inside the ISS. The fourth species, which was already known about, was found on…

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united kingdom

POLICE Revealed: grim list of sex abuse claims against police An extraordinary catalogue of sexual misconduct allegations against Metropolitan police officers, including claims that one had sex with a rape victim, have been revealed. The disclosures will intensify pressure after Met officers manhandled women at a recent vigil for Sarah Everard where hundreds demanded the right to be safe on London’s streets. Organisers of the vigil accused the force of losing the faith of women and being unable to tackle its “institutional misogyny”. According to the documents, the rape victim complained that the investigating officer “took advantage of her vulnerability and had sex with her on two occasions”. The officer was subsequently dismissed. There was a total of 594 complaints against Met employees between 2012 and 2018, of which 119 were upheld. Among those was…