Guardian Weekly 14th May 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

Let battle commence Sumo wrestlers huddle in the ring at the opening of a two-week tournament in Tokyo that started last Sunday. There were no spectators because of the Covid-19 state of emergency in the Japanese capital. 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, to fight for the common good, and to build hope.…

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covid’s wealth divide, rockets fired in israel and a family’s lifeline

In the UK this week, as prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed loosening of Covid restrictions for England and with more than half the population having received at least one dose of vaccine, one might have thought the days of the pandemic were numbered. In fact, more cases have been reported globally in recent weeks than in the entire first six months of the pandemic, with south Asia bearing the brunt. In our Big Story this week, Peter Beaumont and Michael Safi explore the increasingly clear divide between rich and poor in the push to contain Covid. The big story Page 10→ Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians escalated dramatically this week as militant groups in Gaza fired rockets into Israel, which responded with strikes on the Palestinian enclave following a police raid on…

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global report

1 UNITED STATES Black families seek action by UN over police violence The families of 165 victims of police brutality are calling on the United Nations to set up an independent inquiry into the ongoing scourge of police killings of Black men and women. With the support of more than 250 civil society groups from around the world, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the families are hoping to engage the UN in efforts to rein in police violence against African American communities. The call comes in the wake of last year’s nationwide and international protests after the murder of George Floyd by the former police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis who was convicted of the crime last month. In a letter sent on Monday to the UN high commissioner for human rights, Michelle…

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George Jung American drug smuggler for the notorious Colombian Medellin cartel in the 1970s and early 1980s, whose life story was portrayed in the film Blow. He died on 5 May, aged 78. José Manuel Caballero Spanish novelist, lecturer and poet. He died on 9 May, aged 94. Lloyd Price American singer best known for his 1950s hits Lawdy Miss Clawdy and Personality who set up his own music publishing business. He died on 3 May, aged 88. Nick Kamen English model, songwriter and musician who rose to fame in an iconic advertisement for Levi 501 jeans. He died on 4 May, aged 59.…

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science and environment

WILDLIFE Aquatic robotic scarecrow deters ducks from fishing nets Scarecrows may be outstanding in their field, but now scientists have created a floating version that could help reduce the number of seabirds caught by fishing nets. The device, known as a loomingeyes buoy (LEB), and developed in collaboration with engineers from Fishtek Marine, was trialled in Küdema Bay, Saaremaa island, Estonia, on long-tailed ducks. It uses bright eyespots and looming movements to deter seabirds from diving into gillnets. Publishing their findings in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the scientists – from BirdLife International and the Estonian Ornithological Society – found the device reduced the numbers of birds by a quarter within a 50-metre radius of the buoy. SUSTAINABILITY Cricket bats ‘should scrap willow and embrace bamboo’ Cricket has been bowled a googly by Cambridge…

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united kingdom

SCOTLAND Referendum ‘a matter of when, not if ’, says SNP Nicola Sturgeon told Boris Johnson that a second independence referendum is “a matter of when, not if” after the Scottish National party secured a historic fourth term at Holyrood with a pro-independence majority of MSPs returned despite tactical voting by pro-union supporters in last Thursday’s elections. Scotland’s first minister made the assertion in a telephone call with the prime minister last Sunday evening, despite senior Conservative figures questioning her mandate. Sturgeon has already signalled her readiness for a constitutional battle, saying her government would legislate for the vote “and if Boris Johnson wants to stop that he would have to go to court”. The leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Douglas Ross, accused her of forcing a legal battle over a second referendum to…