Guardian Weekly 8th October 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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Sand barrier Bulldozers create a sand dam in an effort to block an oil slick from reaching the Talbert Marsh ecological reserve near Newport Beach, California. At least 57 0,000 litres of oil – from a broken pipeline connected to an offshore platform – are thought to have spilled into waters off Orange county, fouling beaches and killing wildlife. The Guardian Weekly Founded in Manchester, England 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…

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secrets of the rich, misogyny in the police and a solitary lesson

The 11.9m files in the Pandora papers are the biggest trove of leaked offshore data in history and expose the trouble to which rich and powerful elites will go to shelter their fortunes in offshore tax havens. They reveal the secret offshore affairs of 35 world leaders and shine a light on the secret finances of more than 300 other public officials in at least 90 countries. Not everyone named is accused of wrongdoing. But using companies or trusts incorporated in tax havens, the rich can ensure their assets remain hidden, and sometimes that enables tax avoidance. The files were leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in Washington, and shared with select media partners including the Guardian – visit theguardian.com to see the full series. The big story Page 10…

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global report

1 UNITED STATES Republicans warned over dangers of debt default Joe Biden has condemned “reckless” Republicans for pushing the US government towards a historic debt default, warning: “A meteor is headed to crash into our economy.” The president’s intervention came because there is a cap on how much money the federal government can borrow, which only Congress has the power to raise or lower. The US treasury has said it will be unable to pay its bills by around 18 October, unless Congress raises the current debt limit of $28.4tn. Failure could trigger the first US default in modern history, wreaking havoc on the US and world economies. Senate Republicans have twice blocked action to raise the limit, arguing that Democrats can use a manoeuvre known as budget reconciliation to act alone. “They won’t raise…

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Mohib Ullah Prominent Rohingya Muslim leader, praised for his devotion to serving his community. He was shot dead at a refugee camp in Bangladesh on 29 September, aged 46. Marcia Freedman The first US-born woman to serve in the Israeli parliament, who helped lead the feminist movement in Israel in the 1970s. She died on 21 September, aged 83. Pee Wee Ellis American jazz saxophonist and bandleader who played with James Brown and Van Morrison. He died on 23 September, aged 80. Roger Hunt One of Liverpool football club’s greatest strikers who played in England’s 1966 World Cup victory. He died on 27 September, aged 83. Bernard Tapie French business magnate, actor, former politician and scandal-ridden president of Olympique de Marseille football club. He died on 3 October, aged 78. The big story p10 →…

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science and environment

MEDICINE Markers for identical twins identified in their DNA The medical mystery of identical twins may have been solved by scientists in the Netherlands, raising hopes for treatment of disorders that disproportionately afflict them. Identical twins form after a fertilised egg splits into two embryos with the same genes. The prevailing theory has been that “monozygotic twinning” is random. But international researchers led by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam believe identical twins share similar marks at 834 points across their genome, the sum total of an organism’s DNA. The research was published in the journal Nature Communications. NOBEL PRIZE Research into sense of touch wins medicine award Two US researchers – Prof David Julius, a physiologist at the University of California in San Francisco, and Prof Ardem Patapoutian, a neuroscientist at Scripps Research in La Jolla, California –…

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global report

POLITICS Sunak insists Tories should retain ‘fiscal responsibility’ The chancellor Rishi Sunak has signalled that any further spending pledges will need to be funded by tax rises rather than borrowing, as he told the Conservative party conference in Manchester that it should not trash its reputation for “fiscal responsibility”. Despite hopes from many new Conservative backbenchers for cash injections in their more deprived constituencies, the chancellor said it would be “un-Conservative” to pursue “reckless borrowing” and allow debt to soar. Sunak’s message was underlined in interviews Boris Johnson gave ahead of his first in-person conference speech as prime minister on Wednesday. Johnson said it would be wrong to take more money from taxation and use it to subsidise lower pay. On the question of labour shortages he said the current problems in the UK…