Guardian Weekly 18th 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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Out of the ashes A ranger from the Virunga National Park on the slopes of the Nyiragongo volcano, north of Goma. Since Nyiragongo’s eruption on 22 May, which killed at least 32 people and saw the evacuation of some 400,000 residents of Goma, volcanologists from the Goma Volcanological Observatory climb to the top of the crater to assess activity. 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…

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culture confusion, cornwall’s outcomes and covid’s long tail

From statues to sport, a fervent jostling for the moral high ground is dominating British life. The so-called “culture wars” seem to encompass a wide range of social and political touchpoints – yet most Britons in a recent survey claimed to have no idea what the term actually means. In this week’s big story, the Observer’s Andrew Anthony delves into the culture wars and asks what exactly is behind them. Then, associate editor Julian Coman reflects on an intervention by England’s football manager on the question of multiculturalism and national pride, and asks what lessons the political left can learn from Gareth Southgate’s moving open letter to the nation. The big story Page 10 G7 leaders converged on Cornwall last weekend for their first face-to-face meetings for many months. The summit offered…

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global report

1 NATO Summit leaders classify China as security challenge Nato leaders declared that China presents a security risk, the first time the traditionally Russia-focused military alliance has asserted the need to respond to Beijing’s growing power. The final communique, signed off by leaders of the 30-member alliance at the urging of the new US administration, said China’s stated ambitions and assertive behaviour presented “systemic challenges to the rules-based international order”. At their annual summit in Brussels, the leaders also declared concern about China’s “coercive policies” – an apparent reference to the repression of the Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang – the expansion of its nuclear arsenal and its “frequent lack of transparency and use of disinformation”. The language, notably stronger than the China remarks in last Sunday’s G7 statement, follows US lobbying to create a…

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Edward de Bono Maltese author, doctor and inventor of the term “lateral thinking”, who wrote more than 60 books on his original and unorthodox theories. He died on 9 June, aged 88. Ned Beatty Character actor who starred in many Hollywood movies including Deliverance, Network and Superman. He died on 13 June, aged 83. Georgina Kirby New Zealand Māori leader and women’s rights advocate. She died on 11 June, aged 85. Ruben Sergeyev Consultant, fixer and friend to Guardian correspondents in Moscow. He died on 10 June, aged 65. Noel Conway Campaigner against the UK ban on assisted dying after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease. He died on 9 June, aged 71.…

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science and environment

ARCHAEOLOGY Medieval footwear fashion linked to rise in bunions Medieval men and women could become martyrs to fashion, linking a trend in poulaines or pointy shoes in the 14th century to a rise in the prevalence of bunions. Writing in the Journal of Paleopathology, Dr Piers Mitchell of the University of Cambridge and colleagues report analysis of the remains of 177 adults from four cemeteries in Cambridge, including a rural parish cemetery, an Augustinian friary inside town, and a hospital. The team found that 31 of the individuals, 20 of them men, had skeletal signs of bunions. Analysis of remains that could be dated revealed bunions were significantly more prevalent during the 14th and 15th centuries and were more common among town dwellers. ASTRONOMY Giant blinking star found near heart of Milky Way A giant…

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united kingdom

COVID-19 Four-week delay to ending of lockdown measures Boris Johnson halted the final easing of lockdown restrictions in England that were mooted for 21 June and ordered a four-week delay to ensure further vaccination s, but signalled afterwards he would not tolerate any further suspension. The prime minister said on Monday that 19 July was a “terminus date” and that all restrictions on social contact could be lifted, barring the emergence of a game-changing new variant. The chief medical officer for England, Prof Chris Whitty, suggested that within four weeks the additional jabs would offer sufficient protection to halt a surge in hospitalisations and said there would come a point when the country would be able to live with the virus in relative normality. There were some cabinet and backbench grumblings over the heavily trailed…