Guardian Weekly 28th 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 russia

Spider senses Dancers dressed in Spider-Man costumes entertain commuters on a St Petersburg metro train. The city is preparing to host thousands of football fans for matches in next month’s Euro 2020 tournament, which has been delayed from last year. The Guardian Weekly Founded in Manchester, England 4 July 1919 Vol 204 | Issue № 23 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…

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george floyd one year on, ceasefire in gaza and a state hijacking

A year ago this week, George Floyd was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis. His murder sparked a global movement revulsed by a history of violence against Black people and united against the legacy of empire and its enduring racist symbols. In the months that followed, mass protests were held and slavery-era statues pulled down amid attempts to reframe history. At a moment of reflection, our cover story this week considers the future of the global debate on race and of the Black Lives Matter movement. The big story Page 10 After the fury of hostilities between Israelis and Palestinians, last Thursday’s ceasefire came as something of a surprise to many. Is international opinion turning against Israel in its campaign against Hamas? In Spotlight, we report from Gaza, where 11…

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global report

1 ENVIRONMENT G7 nations pledge to end support for overseas coal The world’s richest nations have agreed to end their financial support for coal development overseas, in a major step towards phasing out the dirtiest fossil fuel. At a meeting of the G7 environment and energy ministers hosted virtually by the UK last week, all reaffirmed their commitment to limiting global heating to 1.5C, and committed to phasing out coal and fully decarbonising their energy sectors in the 2030s. The G7 members – the UK, the US, France, Italy, Germany, Japan and Canada – along with other major economies such as China and South Korea, have played a major role in financing fossil fuel development in poorer countries. South Korea has already agreed to end the practice. That leaves China as the biggest source…

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Max Mosley Outspoken former president of the FIA, Formula One motor racing’s governing body. He died on 24 May, aged 81. Chi Modu Nigerian-born, US raised photographer behind some of hip-hop’s most celebrated images. He died on 22 May, aged 54. Lorrae Desmond Australian actor who appeared in more than 800 episodes of the long-running series A Country Practice. She died on 23 May, aged 91. Kentaro Miura Artist best known for creating the long-running dark fantasy manga series, Berserk. He died on 6 May, aged 54. Kirsten Stallknecht Danish former president of the International Council of Nurses who fought for nursing conditions worldwide. She died on 4 May, aged 83.…

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science and environment

MARINE LIFE Bleaching events can now be detected in near real time A tool that can detect the bleaching of the planet’s coral reefs in almost real time has been launched after work by Arizona State University, the University of Queensland, National Geographic Society and satellite company Planet, plus funding from Vulcan Inc – to overcome two big problems: clouds getting in the way of the satellite, and the way light shifts as it travels through water and the atmosphere. The tool collects and combines images over six days, reducing the chances of clouds obscuring the satellite’s view. Prof Greg Asner, the managing director of the Allen Coral Atlas that has launched the tool, said his team had developed and trialled it during two bleaching events – one in French Polynesia in early…

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united kingdom

INTERNATIONAL TRADE Farmers’ anger over Australian deal proposal The UK government faced a backlash over its plans for a trade deal with Australia, which have led to anger from farmers and environmentalists. Farming unions said that proposals for a zero-tariff and zero-quota trade deal would drive farmers out of business, while green groups said allowing Australian hormone-treated beef would breach the Conservatives’ manifesto commitments. The Scottish National party added to the clamour for a rethink by calling on Alister Jack, the secretary of state for Scotland, to “fight back or resign” if he failed to stand up for farmers. Opponents of Scottish independence fear that the row over farming may fuel support for a new referendum in rural areas where there has previously been pro-union support. Farming leaders were taken by surprise by news that…