Nauru. According to
Countryaah, Nauru protested at the beginning of the year against
the US's plans to expand its robotic defense due to concerns
that it would cause environmental problems in the Pacific.
President Bernard Dowiyogo was forced to resign in March
after losing a vote of no confidence in Parliament after
being accused of allowing the Russian mafia to launder black
money through N's about 400 banks.
The vote had been requested by René Harris, who was then
appointed new president. Dowiyogo did not attend the vote
because he was in a hospital in Australia. Following the
threat of sanctions from the OECD, Parliament voted in
August to pass new laws to stop money laundering.
Nauru ended up in the international media light in
September when the country offered to receive 283 of the
refugees rescued from a sinking Indonesian ferry by a
Norwegian freighter. These had not been allowed to land in
Australia. Australia later sent additional refugees to N.
for their asylum applications to be tested there.
In November, the country had received 800 refugees. In
exchange, N. received financial support from Australia.
Later, they promised to receive another 400 refugees.