Guardian Weekly 2nd April 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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us gun reforms, flag games in the uk and germany’s problems

A grim inevitability hangs over news of another American mass shooting. From the anguish of victims’ families to the intransigence of gun rights supporters, the sense prevails that nothing can, or will, ever change when it comes to US gun laws. It’s a reality writ large since the horrifying 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre, an event so shocking yet one that still failed to break opposition to gun law reform, despite the best efforts of the then-vice president Joe Biden. Now Biden is in the Oval Office with a fresh mandate and a weakened pro-gun lobby before him. In the light of two recent mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado, Ed Pilkington traces the Groundhog Day nature of America’s gun reform debate. Then, Guardian US gun crime reporters Abené Clayton and…

10 min
global report

1 UNITED STATES Derek Chauvin accused of killing George Floyd Prosecutors accused former police officer Derek Chauvin of killing a defenceless George Floyd by “grinding and crushing him until the very breath, the very life, was squeezed out of him”, at the opening on Monday of a murder trial regarded by millions as a litmus test of US police accountability. The prosecutor, Jerry Blackwell, told the jury that the death of Floyd last May, which reignited the Black Lives Matter movement and set off Months of protests across America and around the world, was caused by Chauvin keeping his knee on the neck of the dying man for more than nine minutes even after he stopped breathing “What Mr Chauvin was doing, he was doing deliberately,” Blackwell said to the jury in the court…

1 min

Beverly Cleary US children’s author whose memories of her Oregon childhood were shared with millions through the likes of Ramona and Beezus Quimby and Henry Huggins. She died on 25 March, aged 104. Martin Woollacott Former Guardian foreign editor and correspondent, who covered the Vietnam war, the Lebanese civil war and the Iranian revolution. He died on 24 March, aged 81. Larry McMurtry Pulitzer prizewinning author and screenwriter who examined the reality of the American west in novels including Lonesome Dove. He died on 25 March, aged 84. King Goodwill Zwelithini Chief of the Zulu ethnic group in Kwa Zulu-Natal who remained a key figure in democratic South Africa. He died on 12 March, aged 72.…

2 min
science and environment

ARCHAEOLOGY Archaeologists identify a spider god painting in Peru Archaeologists in Peru have identified a 3,200-year-old mural painted on the side of a temple that is thought to depict a zoomorphic, knife-wielding spider god associated with rain and fertility. The mural – applied in ochre, yellow, grey and white paint to the mud brick structure in the Virú province of Peru’s La Libertad region – was discovered last year after much of the site was destroyed by local farmers. Experts believe the shrine was built by the pre-Columbian Cupisnique culture, which developed along Peru’s northern coast more than 3,000 years ago. NEUROSCIENCE Scientists pinpoint why the human brain is so large Scientists have shed light on why humans have relatively large brains, by collecting cells from humans, chimps and gorillas and turning them into lumps of…

4 min
united kingdom

CORONAVIRUS Johnson urges caution as England relaxes its rules Boris Johnson stressed the need for people to take care on Monday as England took its first significant step towards easing lockdown restrictions for adults. People are able to legally meet up outdoors in groups of six, or in two households, including in private gardens, and organised outdoor sport can resume. In Wales, restrictions eased last weekend while Scotland was due to begin its gradual reopening from today with the stay at home message being replaced by stay local. Northern Ireland will review its lockdown rules on 15 April. The relaxation of restrictions is being accompanied by the launch of a government advertising campaign showing vividly why indoor mixing with people from other households is still deemed risky. In a statement issued before England’s relaxation, Johnson…

5 min
biden’s second shot at gun laws

Within hours of 10 people being gunned down at the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, on 22 March – the second such bloody rampage in seven days – the calls had beg un for Congress to tighten up America’s notoriously slack firearms laws. John Hickenlooper, a Democratic US senator from Colorado who was governor of the state at the time of the Aurora cinema shooting that killed 12 people in 2012, said that “our country has a horrific problem with gun violence. We need federal action. Now.” Gabby Giffords, a former congresswoman and leading gun control advocate who was shot in the head in 2011, said: “It doesn’t have to be this way. It’s beyond time for our leaders to take action.” The most prescient comment came from Mark Barden, whose…