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.
Threat of US civil war, unrest in Kazakhstan and Deepwater justice
Global report • Headlines from the last seven days
SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT
Holy water • After one of the mildest new year periods on record, in which temperatures reached as high as 16C in parts of the UK, winter returned last week. Northern parts of England and Scotland experienced widespread ice and even “thundersnow”. St Thomas Becket church in Fairfield, Kent, got away lightly with a frost last Thursday. The church, on Romney Marsh, was once part of a village, long since gone.
BEHIND THE LINES • With the perception of reality between Democrats and Republicans so distorted, could civil war really happen? Some experts doubt an armed conflict could arise – but others foresee a Northern Ireland-style insurgency…
Race against the clock for investigation into storming of the Capitol • Former president and aides using any means possible to stymie committee’s efforts before November midterms
The Trump menace is darker than ever – and snapping at Biden’s heels
Fuel to fire How peaceful protests spiralled into bloodshed
Ukraine talks Can history help find a path to rapprochement with Putin?
Djokovic furore hides trail of unanswered questions • The tennis star was released from detention, having gained a new fanbase of anti-vaxxers and far-right figures
Living with Covid Planning beyond virus does not mean dropping all precautions
‘The firm’ awaits grim fallout from Andrew’s disgrace • Whether he wins a critical court ruling or not, the prince has damaged the royal family – and it will have to change
Waste not? The ugly underbelly of plastics recycling • Western nations like to sell off their mixed recyclables – but much of it ends up rotting in the ports of poorer countries
Road to ruin Last refuge of Ayoreo people under threat • Bioceanic Corridor in the Chaco cuts through fastest-vanishing forest on Earth and its fragile communities
The mystery of Austria’s silence over dual citizens held in Iran
Shaken up Belly dancers feel cultural erosion of an art form
The dawn of post-theory science • Does the advent of AI and machine learning mean that the classic scientific methodology – hypothesise, predict, test – has had its day?
‘An affront to justice ’ The festering legacy of Guantánamo Bay
A natural film star who quietly pioneered a revolution Sidney Poitier 1927-2022
A dirty job • When Deepwater Horizon exploded in 2010, Stephen Stone was fortunate to escape with his life. He and his wife Sara have spent the years since fighting for justice from the oil industry they once trusted
The trouble with Roblox • Young game-makers on the digital platform used by millions of children claim they have been financially exploited, threatened – and even sexually harassed
Macron – and the west – are now prey to France’s toxic populism Will Hutton • Comment is free, facts are sacred CP Scott 1918
Inequality is driving protests against an authoritarian system Peter Leonard
Colston four’s critics are deluded to think Britain owes no historic apology Nesrine Malik
While Johnson’s Tories squabble, British people are going cold and hungry
The one and only • He conquered the charts with Years & Years, then won acclaim for his performance in the TV drama It’s a Sin. As he returns to...