Justice, rule of law and consistency

Well there you have it Samoa. The much-anticipated outcome of the Cabinet ordered Tribunal to investigate the conduct of the Director of the National Prosecution Office (N.P.O.), Mauga Precious Chang, is out in the open.

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How much more can they endure

This much is undeniable. To say life is tough is an understatement. For many of us, life is more than tough; it is atrocious for many people.

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World Bank visit, foreign debt and the future

Last week, Samoa hosted a flying visit by the Vice President of East Asia and Pacific, Victoria Kwakwa.

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Minister Sili passes the test

Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, would have had to tackle some pretty tough challenges during the first year of his young political career.

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Pride in Ele

While brainstorming sessions are no doubt a more focused and recognised way of coming up with ideas, there’s a lot to be said for casual, meandering conversations over coffee as well.

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The man of the moment, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi!

With the growing culture of bureaucratic corruption being manifested openly today throughout the government of the so-called Human Rights Protection Party, it seems inevitable that we’re reminded one more time about what the late MP and lawyer, Dr. Asiata A.V. Sale’imoa Va’ai, had written in connection with this very topic, obviously in the belief that his views would be publicly made one day when the need to do so arises.

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Say yes to a lifestyle of healthy living

We live in a sick nation. There is no doubt about that. All you have to do is check out our non-communicable diseases statistics and you will see just how bad it is.

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At last we are moving with the Sex Offenders register

Here is the good news. Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi instructed Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, to proceed with the necessary groundwork to set up a Sex Offenders Register.

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Are we wrong or does this government just loves wasting money?

Common sense has prevailed at long last. We are talking about the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the ridiculous second lot of charges against Police Commissioner, Fuiavaalili Egon Keil.

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Ele’s treatment is the story of Samoa today

The government’s attitude towards Ele Opeloge’s historical Olympic medal – in particular its stingy reaction to talk about a monetary reward - highlights everything that is wrong with this country today.

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Wasted time and money

For those of us who do not have a law degree but have learned something about right and wrong during our lives, it was always a ridiculous situation.

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Letter from a friend: ‘Everyone is hurting and they have a story to tell’

Here’s a Monday thought. Tourism in Samoa – contrary to what the government will have you believe - is a stagnant swamp.

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Alleged fraud and Media Samoa

Some might have been wondering why the Samoa Observer was not represented at the Media Council Meeting last week, where members of the council were appointed, and their photograph was subsequently published in this paper’s edition yesterday.

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Congratulations Marist!

And so is all well that ends well. The inaugural Marist International Sports Week is coming to an end today when the winner of the 29th Vailima Marist Sevens tournament proudly hoists the Vailima Marist Sevens trophy at Apia Park this afternoon.

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Just a thought for today

Everyone has an opinion about the behaviour – or misbehaviour if you like – of some of our young people today.

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Independence, old fale fono and freedom

Here’s the good news. In a few months time, Samoa this year is celebrating 55 years of political Independence. It’s an exciting time. It’s a milestone that’s well worth anticipating. After all, Samoa, relatively tiny compared to her Pacific neighbours, became the first country from hundreds of islands in the vast Pacific Ocean to break free from outside political interference.

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Give them a break

Once upon a time, when Samoans think of New Zealand, they dreamt about the land of milk and honey. Many saw the land of the long white cloud as the land of opportunities, riches and fortune.

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One more incident we didn’t need

And so once again we have seen another story of how an escaped convict has ruined the Samoa experience for a visitor to this country.

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There’s more to us than that

With a rugby story as our lead on our front page and several other rugby stories in the local news section, not to mention a sports section at the back of this newspaper, you could say we are a rugby mad nation.

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What President Donald Trump has already done for America!

Once again, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, is right. This is to say his worries about the impending threat of climate change on our low-lying homes in the Pacific Ocean, as a result of the world’s wealthy nations having brazenly heating up the atmosphere over the years with their hazardous greenhouse gas emissions, are quite justified.

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Letters to the Editor

In support of the Minister of Revenue

Dear Editor, I am all for the Minister of Revenue in his plan to tax pastors. These Pastors should pay taxes to avoid them getting chronic disease, that’s a great effort.

Street Talk

Ruta, 45

What changes in the police ministry are needed?

The Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil has finally returned to work following a long suspension and an appearance in court. Now that he’s resumed his position, Sina Filifilia Sevaaetasi hit the streets of Apia asking the question “Is there a need to have changes in the police force?”

Think a Minute

Goose or gull?

Think a minute…One of my favorite birds to watch is the beautiful white seagull. It looks so graceful and gentle floating on the soft sea breezes. But looks can be deceiving.


Should we punish all juvenile criminals like adults?

Samoan youth throughout years have been so well-mannered that there was an unlikelihood of any sort of crime sprouting up.

Between the Lines


JUST CURIOUS A friend of BTL was looking through the coaching staff for the Samoa A team that’s in Fiji right now.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The horsemen left King Giuki’s burg at dawn, riding out through the forest to the distant mountains beyond.

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