Daily Archives: May 16, 2016

Ukraine | Nazis in Kiev demolished the memorial plaque to Kiev antifascist

Nazis in Kiev demolished the memorial plaque to Kiev antifascist Ukrainian-Jewish fighter Tanya Markus.
She began her antifascist struggle as a “Ukrainian girl” in 1941 when she approached a German military unit to “greet the liberators” and then suddenly tossed a grenade, hidden in a bunch of flowers and killed four soldiers. A German tank started to fire around but was soon hit by a second grenade, thrown by Tanya’s father.
However, some weeks later her father Yossif Markus was identified as Jew and shot in the ravine of Babi Yar, where approximately 100 000 Jews as well as some thousand Romani people, Soviet war prisoners and Resistance fighters were murdered during the German occupation.
Tanya Markus herself could first escape the death.
Tanya was a beautiful 20-year-old and German officers sought her favors, enabling her to trap and shoot more than 20 of these officers, including an SS colonel in charge of hunting down the resistance fighters in the city of Kiev.
After his assassination Hitler personally gave an order to “find the terrorist” and soon the Gestapo suspected Tanya Markus.
She escaped Kiev, but was caught on her way to the partisans while trying to help an injured companion.
Despite five months of the most horrible tortures she did not give her captors any names or information.
On 29 January 1943 Tanya Markus either was shot in Babi Yar or died of tortures in the Gestapo jail of Kiev.

Germany | Pacific stores the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide at depths of thousands of metres

An international team of researchers headed by scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute has gained new insights into the carbon dioxide exchange between ocean and atmosphere, thus making a significant contribution to solving one of the great scientific mysteries of the ice ages. In the past 800,000 years of climate history, the transitions from interglacials and ice ages were always accompanied by a significant reduction in the carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere. It then fell from 280 to 180 ppm (parts per million). Where this large amount of carbon dioxide went to and the processes through which the greenhouse gas reached the atmosphere again has been controversial until now. The scientists have now managed to locate a major carbon dioxide reservoir at a depth of 2000 to 4300 metres in the South Pacific and reconstruct the details of its gas emission history. Their new findings have been published open access in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

Latin American leaders refuse to recognize Temer’s government

Several Latin American countries have refused to recognize Brazil’s new interim government as people take to streets of Sao Paulo to demonstrate against President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment.

Rousseff was suspended from office on Thursday by the Brazilian Senate, which is taking up an impeachment trial against her for allegedly fudging government accounts ahead of her 2014 reelection.