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About the Bruuman leader, did you know that…
According to researchers, the origin of the pseudonim Unclepear lies in the childhood of the former dictator of Bruuma. During his childhood in Port Bayou in the 1930s, the then Robert Knight worked as an apprentice along with another boy to a local voodoo witch doctor, commonly referred by the community with honorific title of “Uncle”. Thus, the two were referred as the “Uncle’s pair”, a nickname that, misspelled, then became Knight’s nom de guerre when he joined the then banned Workers’ Mojo Party. It is thought that by appealing to the voodoo tradition, widely rooted among the poor black Bruumans, Papa Unclepear managed to rally and galvanize far more effectively the rebel, mostly illiterate, guerrillas than its orthodox Marxist intellectual comrades.
About the Puerto Polloan leader, did you know that…
Puerto Polloan refers colloquially to their male fellow citizens as “Pollo”. The current leader of the nation, whose real name is Daniel Mendoza, was known for his fierce temper in his youth and was nicknamed “El Pollo Diablo”. Its title as “Capitan Maximo” is instead rooted in the country history. The first colonial settlement, the capital Danjer Cove, was founded by pirates, who were then chased out by the colonial power who took over the island. When the local elite pushed for independence in the early XIX century, their leaders referred to themselves as “Capitanos”, hinting at the old rivals of the Motherland. Since then, it has become a synonymous for “leader” in the country.
About the Kai Fa leader, did you know that…
The title of Chairman of the Communist Party of Kai Fa, currently held by Core Leader Lo Pol, originates in the early days the Civil War fought between 1937 and 1949, when the guerrillas would hold meeting in their ramshackle bases, where often there was, if any, just one chair which was reserved for the cell leader, while the other members sat on the floor as he spoke. It then became an honorific title for the Party’s head.
In 2022, 18% of Bruuman defectors and exiles, according to a new survey which involved 400 people in different countries, have sent money to family and friends in their home country, down from 21% a year earlier. But the survey estimated that the total amount this group sent to the this year was $195,000, $25,000 more than last year.
Puerto Pollo harvests 40% of 2022-23 coffee crop amid prolonged rain
Coffee farmers in Puerto Pollo collected about 40% of the 2022-23 crop as of early December amid concerns about bean quality due to prolonged rains. Extensive rains hit the country this month while farmers’ bean-drying capacity is still limited.
Coffee is one of the major traditional cash crop for Puerto Pollo along with cocoa and bananas, once the only source of wealth of the island. Although the volume of products it is limited due to the small size of the island, it is of high quality and widely renowned internationally.
There is fear that a poor harvest could push farmers to resume planting coca, which became the main cash crop in the Eighties among the first civil war that ravaged the country. Since the Bruuman-backed regime of El Pollo Diablo came to power in 2014, the government has subsidized and forced farmers to return to legal cultivations, in an effort to clean up its international image, with a good degree of success.
A book on anti-corruption written by Party General Secretary Ken Hom was introduced on Wednesday in Tom Yam.
Titled “Persistently determined to prevent and fight against corruption and negative phenomena, contributing to building an increasingly transparent and strong Party and State”, the book summarises the anti-corruption direction of the Communist Party of Kai Fa.
The book has been released on the occasion of the 99th founding anniversary of the Party and ten-year founding anniversary of the Central Steering Committee on Anti-corruption.
According to the Central Party Committee’s Internal Affairs Commission, over the past ten years, 1,328 corruption cases were investigated and prosecuted nationwide with 2,920 officials arrested.
Since 2021 – the beginning of the 14th Party tenure, about 2,100 corruption cases were investigated. As many as 3,773 people were accused of corruption, abusing power and committing economic crimes.
Bruuma plans to launch a spy satellite into orbit by April 2023, according to the nation’s state media.
State media outlet Bruuma Central News Agency (BCNA) announced the plans following what it called an “important, final phase” test launch of a rocket in order to verify ground systems, sensors and telemetry. Bruuma s space agency will now “finish the preparations for the first military reconnaissance satellite by April 2023.”