It’s a never-ending road. Or is it a never-ending punishment, we’re not sure. Still, over the last 30 years or so, we’ve been publishing the Samoa Observer starting as a weekly, and now that we’ve been a daily for the last 26 years or so, we are still persecuted by our government for doing the only thing we know how; and that is telling the truth and nothing but the truth, the only way we know how.
It’s an exciting weekend for Samoan sports. And most sports fanatics can hardly wait until tonight. First we’ve got the Toa Samoa taking on England in Sydney and then of course the much-talked about Lupesoliai Laauli Joseph Parker’s first title defense in Auckland.
It’s undeniable. In our humble view, it has to be said that one of the major obstacles for Samoa today is that the leadership seems to have lost touch with the realities of our people and our world. We are talking about the sort of leadership that has its priorities upside down.
It does not surprise us one bit. The fact is the “oldest profession” in the world has always existed in Samoa – even if it was carried out illegally. What is certainly surprising is the sheer number of women and girls involved and the magnitude by which it exists on these shores.
Today is World Press Freedom Day. Commemorated on the 3rd of May every year, it is a day designed to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
Well, it looks as if that nasty debate about whether or not the Samoan government is “broke”, is becoming more and more interesting – or is it more and more nerve-racking – so that we should keep on hoping it will not all of a sudden, blow up in someone’s face.
Our daily feature of ‘Village Voices’, has been an eye opener and not just for our readers. Started by Gatoaitele Savea Sano Malifa, our reporters have been collecting four news stories a day for well over six months now from people living all around Upolu and from Savaii.
No one doubts Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s incredible sense of ingenuity. Indeed, it seems as if his mind is everywhere at the same time so that you just cannot catch it, no matter how hard you’d try.
It seems that everyone is doing it, writing that is. Just two weeks ago author, Jane Vaafusuaga launched two children’s books at Business Systems Limited, A gift for Ana and the Samoan version, O le meaalofa mo Ana.
This much is undeniable. There is danger from within the halls of power in Samoa today. It has something to do with unresolved cases of corruption, collusion, abuse and misuse of power hurting the most vulnerable people of this country.
Freedom of expression is one thing. Abusing people and making unfounded allegations under the guise of freedom of expression, especially when the writer is a faceless ghost, is something else.
The conditions are not ideal. With the scorching heat, the humidity reaching ridiculous levels, you see men and women toiling hard on the streets of Samoa to make money.
There is an age old phrase that many people quote, “You shouldn’t talk about religion or politics.” Why? The obvious answer is of course, that they can cause conflict.
Think about this for a minute. Without aid and hand outs from all corners of the world, where will Samoa be today? What are we to do when aid stops?
The truth is simple enough. We live in an interesting time. There are so many glaring problems screaming to be solved and yet we see so much distraction. They come in all sorts of forms and different shapes.
Dear Editor, Re: Talanoa Lakapi on TV1 This program has not done anything good to the development of rugby but only diminishing the image of our team who won the Sevens series in 2010. Sioeli, you need to respect these boys and you’ll need NOT to include these type of talks in the program.
The growing number of alcohol-related deaths is alarming. Hardly a month goes by without several incidents where precious lives are wasted due to alcohol abuse and drinking sessions gone wrong. What can we as a country do to stop these unnecessary deaths? What is your solution? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:
Think a minute…There was a young man who moved from his home in Italy to live in America. He studied juggling and soon became famous all over the world. Later in his life, after years of success as a juggler and performer, he decided to return home to Italy and retire.
Nothing holds more true for someone like myself than an old saying, Time is not measured by clocks, but by moments.
GREGOR PAUL FAN CLUB Don’t you just love the New Zealand Herald rugby writer, Gregor Paul?
“Higher Daddy!Higher!” the little boy squealed, his face bright with excitement. Sigurd laughed and caught his son before tossing him up even higher than before.
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