Guardian Weekly 4th June 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 canada

Shoes of remembrance A girl in Kahnawake, Quebec, places her shoes at a memorial to 215 Indigenous children whose remains were found buried at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. Authorities were this week trying to determine the causes and timings of the deaths at the school, which closed in 1978 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…

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people power crushed, an aide spurned and crime on the costa

Last August, thousands took to the streets of Belarus to bravely protest against rigged elections, in a mood of defiance and hope that the arm of the nation’s old strongman ruler, Alexander Lukashenko, could finally be bent. Instead, 10 months on, many of Lukashenko’s opponents have either fled the country or – in the shocking case of the journalist Raman Pratasevich last month – been detained in brutal circumstances. In our big story this week, Andrew Roth looks at how Belarus has deployed a 21st-century reboot of the Sovietera playbook to crush internal dissent, while Will Hutton reflects on why people power is failing, from Minsk to Hong Kong, and why we should all be concerned. The big story Page 10 Often seen as the brains behind Britain’s vote for Brexit, Dominic Cummings…

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global report

1 UNITED STATES Democrat walkout scuppers voting bill Texas Republicasn have failed in their efforts to push through one of the most restrictive voting measures in the US after Democrats walked out of the House at the last minute before a midnight deadline. The exodus came at the instruction of Chris Turner, the House Democratic chairman, who told colleagues at 10.35pm on Sunday to “leave the chamber discreetly”. Democrat state representative Jessica González said after the walkout: “We decided to come together and say we weren’t going to take it.” Less than 24 hours earlier, the bill seemed all but guaranteed to reach Governor Greg Abbott’s desk. It had passed in the Senate on party lines around 6am on Sunday, after eight hours of questions. In closed-door negotiations, Republicans added language to Senate Bill 7…

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Paulo Mendes da Rocha Brazilian architect, whose 60-year portfolio of tough, austere concrete buildings marked him as one of the greats of Brazil’s modernism. He died on 23 May, aged 92. Eric Carle German-American author and illustrator, best known for classic children’s books including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? He died on 23 May, aged 91. David Foot English cricket writer and biographer whose work graced the pages of the Guardian for 40 years. He died on 25 May, aged 92.…

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science and environment

ARCHAEOLOGY Burial mound in Syria may be world’s oldest war memorial A burial mound in Syria has been identified by researchers as perhaps the world’s oldest known war memorial. The site, known as the White Monument, in the town of Tal Banat, had previously been thought to be an ancient mass grave of enemy fighters. However, a report published in the journal Antiquity suggests it was a memorial for the community’s battle dead from the third millennium BC. The authors of the report say the systematic placement of the dead suggests the mound was likely to be a memorial to a state army that had used chariots in battle. Similar sites in northern Syria are thought to be monuments to conquests in battle, with vanquished armies buried haphazardly in mass graves. Many have…

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united kingdom

CORONAVIRUS Doubts grow over England ending lockdown on 21 June The 21 June target for scrapping England’s remaining coronavirus restrictions appears increasingly under threat, as a government adviser said the country was in the early stages of a third wave. Prof Ravi Gupta, a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme there had been “exponential growth” in new cases, with the variant first detected in India accounting for three-quarters. He added: “The numbers of cases are relatively low at the moment – all waves start with low numbers of cases that grumble in the background and then become explosive – so the key here is that what we are seeing here is the signs of an early wave. “It will probably take longer than…