What’s Left for Nauru

The website about urban development, Sprol.com has a post up titledWhat’s Left for Nauru? I think a more appropriate title might be What’s Left of Nauru? A century of phosphate mining has left nothing but a blasted crater in place of an island, and the government of Nauru has squandered most of the fortune they received for mining concessions. I’ve flown into Nauru, it’s a pretty bleak place, utterly dependent on foreign imports and aid now. They used to own a hotel here on Guam, but sold it several years ago when the cash flow from mining dried up. Likewise for their national airline, Air Nauru, which used to fly to Guam and the Philippines twice a week. Looks like the airline refocused their efforts on Australia, historically the country’s primary trading partner.

Lonely Planet map of Nauru
However, Nauru is a regional powerhouse in weightlifting, taking 18 gold medals in the 2005 Palau Mini South Pacific Games going on right now.