Guardian Weekly 9th 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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eyewitness japan

Early arrival A woman takes a selfie among cherry blossoms along the Meguro river in Tokyo. The trees reached their flowery peak in many places across Japan earlier this year than at any time since official records began nearly 70 years ago, with experts saying the climate crisis is the likely cause. Rebecca Solnit Page 45 The Guardian Weekly Founded in Manchester, England 4 July 1919 Vol 204 | Issue No 16 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…

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covid under control, violence in myanmar and taxing the rich

As the picture to the left illustrates, the northern spring is well on the way. Will it bring renewed grounds for optimism as the world wrestles with the pandemic? Many nations still face difficult weeks ahead as cases surge and vaccination rates lag. But in others, normality is returning fast as infection rates fall to negligible levels. This week’s big story focuses on more successful efforts to tackle the pandemic. Oliver Holmes considers how Israel’s trailblazing but controversial vaccine programme has forced Covid into retreat. From Auckland, Tess McClure reveals how New Zealand’s tight virus controls helped it become a pioneer in Covid genome research. And in England, where shops are set to reopen after a three-month lockdown, Sarah Boseley talks to the scientific team who identified and tracked the outbreak…

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global report

1 BRAZIL Calls for Bolsonaro to go over ‘coup-mongering’ Prominent leaders of Brazil’s opposition called for President Jair Bolsonaro to be removed from office to prevent his “coup-mongering, authoritarian delusions” becoming a reality. “We cannot be bystanders to this barbarism,” congressman Marcelo Freixo said Bolsonaro’s decision last week to sack Brazil’s defence minister, Fernando Azevedo e Silva – and the subsequent departures of the heads of all three branches of the military – sent political shockwaves through the world’s fourth-largest democracy. “There is an attempt here by the president to arrange a coup,” said Alessandro Molon, leader of the opposition in the lower house, as the impeachment request was presented to congress. Azevedo e Silva was relieved of his duties last Monday, with members of the military establishment pushing the idea that he was sacked for…

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G Gordon Liddy Mastermind of the Watergate burglary who became a popular radio talkshow host after being released from prison. He died on 30 March, aged 90. Nemam Ghafouri Kurdish-Swedish humanitarian who dedicated the last years of her life to helping Yazidi victims of Isis terrorism. She died from Covid on 1 April, aged 52. Bibian Mentel Dutch champion snowboarder who lost her lower right leg to cancer, but returned to the sport soon after and dominated it for 16 more years. She died on 29 March, aged 48. Doreen Lofthouse A pioneering businesswoman who turned Fisherman’s Friend cough sweets from a small UK firm in Lancashire into a global brand. She died on 30 March, aged 91.…

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science and environment

ENVIRONMENT Damage caused by invasive species trebl es every decade Mosquitoes, rats, ragweeds and termites are among the invasive species that have hitched a ride on globalised trade routes, and are bringing disease, crop destruction and damage to buildings at a cost that is trebling every decade, a study has found. Scientists calculated the damage at $1.3tn since 1970 and said global action was limited as impacts are poorly understood by the public and politicians. “The economic costs of invasive alien species since 1970 are tremendous, steadily increasing, but still massively underestimated,” said Christophe Diagne, at the Université Paris-Saclay, France, and who led the research, which was published in the journal Nature. ASTRONOMY Light pollution from space junk is a threat to star gazing Artificial satellites and space junk orbiting the Earth can increase the brightness…

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global report united kingdom

SOCIETY Racial disparity report attacked as ‘divisive’ A landmark report on racial disparity was widely condemned by MPs, unions and equality campaigners as “divisive” and a missed opportunity for change. Critics said the report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities had failed to acknowledge the “shocking disparities and shocking outcomes in health, education and housing” affecting minority communities. Published in full last Wednesday after selective leaks to the media earlier in the week, the report mark ed a significant shift in government policy, stating its findings “present a new race agenda for the country”. The review behind the report was set up by Downing Street to investigate racial disparities in the UK in response to the Black Lives Matter protests last summer. The commission’s report notes that, while racism and racial injustice…