Nauru - island nation on the equator in the Pacific - is a place that once held great promise, but is now a basket case with little hope of escape.
Today they hit a new, sad low. We only know about it because someone fixed their telephones. On top of everything, they’ve been enveloped by a political impasse that prevents their government from making decisions. The controversial president Bernard Dowiyogo - who like most Naruans, wasn’t the healthiest - died yesterday in the US. The Naruan political situation is so fucked up that the Parliament wasn’t even able to pass a condolence motion. It’s only a symbolic gesture, but an inability to get even such a small thing done is a sign of utter failure.