Guardian Weekly 9th July 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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Sexism on parade Female soldiers march in heels in preparation for a parade next month to mark 30 years of independence. Condemned as harmful and humiliating, several Ukrainian lawmakers then came to parliament with shoes and called on the country’s male defence minister to wear high heels to the parade. 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…

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unable to take the heat, afghan anxieties and vaccine under fire

Last week’s searing temperatures in North America’s Pacific north-west were more than just another heatwave. The 49.6C registered in the tiny British Columbian town of Lytton was not simply the hottest temperature in Canada’s history, it also defied computer modelling of how the world might change as emissions rise. Our global environment editor Jonathan Watts looks at how the rare phenomenon known as a heat dome is part of a growing trend towards extreme weather events, while climate science professor Simon Lewis explains why global heating is making more of the planet too hot for humans. The big story Page 10 Starting with the Soviet invasion of the 1970s, Afghanistan has spent four decades as a battleground for proxy wars between competing nations and ideologies. As US and British troops withdraw, Emma…

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global report

1 UNITED STATES Trump Organization charged with tax crimes The Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, have been charged with a “sweeping and audacious illegal payment scheme” of tax-related crimes, marking the first criminal charges against the former president’s company following a years-long investigation by New York prosecutors. Weisselberg, who has worked for the Trump family for nearly 50 years, surrendered to the authorities at the Manhattan criminal courthouse last Thursday and was charged by the Manhattan district attorney with failing to properly report company perks, including rent-free apartments, school fees and cars. According to prosecutors, the Trump Organization paid employees rent, utility bills, garage fees, school expenses and other living expenses without properly declaring them “so that they could and did pay federal, state and local taxes in amounts that…

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Donald Rumsfeld Two-time US defense secretary, serving under Gerald Ford and George W Bush, who was a key architect of the US’s bitterly divisive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He died on 29 June, aged 88. Analysis page 19 Greg Noll American surfing superstar, known as “Da Bull”, who in the 1960s was a pioneer of big wave surfing. He died on 28 June, aged 84. Clare Peploe British-Italian screenwriter and director of films including Couples and Robbers, and Rough Magic. She was a frequent collaborator with her husband Bernardo Bertolucci, co-writing films such as La Luna and Besiged. She died on 24 June, aged 79. Richard Donner American director and producer of film and television including The Omen and Superman. He died on 5 July, aged 91.…

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science and environment

FOOD Oily fish could help reduce migraine frequency Eating a Mediterranean diet containing lots of oily fish could help to reduce the frequency of migraines in people who suffer from them. Dr Christopher Ramsden at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore and colleagues recruited 182 patients who suffered from migraines and randomly assigned them to eat one of three diets for 16 weeks. The diets’ main difference was the type of oil or butter and the main protein source (eg. oily fish v low-fat fish or poultry). The research, published in the British Medical Journal, found that both of the interventional diets increased levels of a pain-reducing oxylipin, compared with the control diet. They also significantly reduced the frequency of people’s migraines and there was a trend towards shorter headaches. ENVIRONMENT Greenhouse gas…

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united kingdom

CORONAVIRUS England to open up fully on 19 July despite big case rise Boris Johnson is poised to revoke hundreds of Covid regulations and make England the most unrestricted society in Europe from 19 July despite saying new cases could soar to 50,000 a day before masks and social distancing are ditched. In a sign the government may reimpose restrictions later in the year, the prime minister warned the public against going “de-mob happy”, however. He said opening up – including the lifting of all limits on sports events and nightclubs – would be safest during the school summer holidays and did not say the changes would be irreversible. Johnson said: “We must be honest with ourselves that if we can’t reopen our society in the next few weeks … we must ask…