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.
Eyewitness United States
A week in the life of the world • The world according to AOC, concrete lessons and the secrets of dust
Global report • Headlines from the last seven days
SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT
In 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became America’s youngest-ever congresswoman and part of the celebrated ‘Squad’ of House progressives. Now an established Democratic force, she talks about the climate crisis, Trump and misogyny in the US ‘We are in a moment of generational change’
For the ages The question everyone is avoiding: how old is too old for power?
The evacuees who can’t take Russian shelling any more
War gains Military breaches Russian line of defence
How Russia cherishes its propaganda friends in Italian media
Group therapy Modi’s G20 call to arms can’t halt retreat of globalisation
Sunak under pressure over failing concrete in schools
Concrete matters What is Raac and why is it forcing schools to shut buildings?
The oil catastrophe averted by crowdfunding • When civil war broke out in 2014, a leaky tanker in the Red Sea became a crisis point – prompting a remarkable UN-led international public rescue effort
Is it time to stop using polar bears as climate icons? • The warming planet is causing steep declines among some of the world’s 26,000 wild polar bears, but the picture is complex, say experts
An ‘extinct’ prehistoric bird returns to the wild
The battle to staunch the deadly rise in youth crime rates
Quake fear A century on, Tokyo braces for the next Great Kantō
‘Be flexible and brave’ Is there a future-proof job? • Machine learning is likely to radically change the world of work. What careers should the next generation be pursuing?
THE BOSS FROM HELL? • A professor’s great fear about AI
Alabama under fire for ‘human experiment’ on death row
Fifty years after coup, a plan to look for victims of Pinochet
The Melilla massacre • How a Spanish enclave in Africa became a deadly flashpoint in keeping migrants out of Fortress Europe
Dust • Few of us give a second thought to the tiny floating particles all around us. But if we pay close attention, we can see the biggest things – time, death and life itself – within them
Blasphemy law in wake of Qur’an burnings is no answer to bigotry
We must confront what lies behind our urge to travel – and rethink it
Politicians, not curators, are to blame for the British Museum’s woes
Like all despots, Putin happily rewrites history to suit his own purpose
The graduate • She was a TV child star – then became a pop phenomenon. With her new second album, the singer is trying to make sense of her young life
The never ending story • Christian Marclay’s 24-hour clock made of movie clips was a sensation on release back in 2010. Can Doors, a looped montage of screen stars entering and leaving rooms, beat it?
Escape from Kabul • The shameful story of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021, balanced by the hope of a family who fled the Taliban for a new life
The unravelling • Ireland falls under the grip of a fascist regime in this alarming Booker-longlisted dystopia with shades of Cormac McCarthy
OED sound system • A lexicographer uncovers the ranks of word-loving nerds who contributed to the Oxford English Dictionary
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