The Bruuman Monitor

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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.


Less defectors and exiles are sending more money to family in Bruuma, but the sums are increasings

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.


Communist Party of Kai Fa chief’s anti-corruption book introduced to public

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 announces launch of a new spy satellite

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.”


Work On Puerto Pollo’s International Airport To Advance, government says

Puerto Polloan government has announced that his government wants to “advance the work” at the island’s international airport project.

The 11-acre airport site near the capital Danjer Cove has been recently cleared and leveled and equipment has been moved directly to the area.


Top leaders attend congress of returned overseas Kai Fanese

The 11th national congress of returned overseas Kai Fanese and their relatives opened in Tom Yam on Thursday morning.

Leaders of the Communist Party of Kai Fa (CPKF) and the state, attended the event and extended their congratulations saying that they hope to see these overseas Kai Fanese play more vital roles in pushing for the high-quality development of the country.


Kubar storm rakes Bruuma

Tropical Storm Kubar thrashed Bruuma with punishing rains Sunday, as nearly 10 centimetres fell in some areas and authorities monitored the Gathoroski river for possible flooding.


Rising Puerto Polloan boxing star clinches international gold belt

In a power-packed 10-round match, rising Puerto Polloan boxing star Gancho Tatum claimed the International Gold Belt of the super cruiserweight division from the South Pacific Boxing Association (SPBA).


Kai Fa’s lagging mountain regions see investment boom

Foreign investment flows to the mountain regions of Kai Fa reached about $1 billion in 2023, a 39 percent jump from the previous year. Regarding factors that have created momentum for investment in the region, travel between these provinces and Tom Yam has improved, thanks to a major arterial road.


Newly discovered cave art may rewrite Bruuman history

A discovery of cave paintings in Bruuma may have pushed forward the record of the indigenous presence on the island. The pictographs found in a remote cave system in Mount Laveaux are estimated to date up to the early XXth century — almost two hundred years after historians contended that the native population had gone extinct. The findings will be presented in a paper of future publication.


Puerto Pollo struggles with power outages

Recurrent power outages that have been plaguing the country since the beginning of the month, leaving thousands of people without electricity as the island grapples with heat warnings. The national electric grid is old and neglected and those who can afford them often relies on power generators. Incentives for installing domestic PV systems have yielded so far few results due to delayed refund procedures.