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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

You have been warned, Samoa!

Last week Friday, a story titled “Maldives faces Chinese ‘land grab’ over unpayable debts” surfaced on the front page of the Samoa Observer. In light of the recent debate and controversy about Samoa’s foreign debt, customary lands and concerns about the future of this country, the story couldn’t have arrived at a better time, in our humble opinion.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. blames bus drivers Driver is one factor. The other would be the competition of who has the best sounds on their bus. Public safety should be a priority over pride and entertainment - which is not what we’re seeing.

Dear Editor, Re: After 24 years the government wakes up and Samoa Observer still there I applaud Gatoaitele Sano Malifa and the staff of the Samoa Observer. At times when the opposition was so weak, they could not even place the government’s feet in hot water.

Re: P.M. orders A.G. The Prime Minister’s sinister rant was all about intimidation. Nothing about his response to counter the opposing school of thoughts prevalent in the community.

Columns

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Fiu Mata’ese Elisara

“Law, Custom and Constitutionalism: Customary Land Tenure in Samoa”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Talofa lava! As an Indigenous Samoan, Let me first pay my respect to the Indigenous Owners of this land and thank their ancestors, past present and future, for letting me stand before you on these sacred cultural lands!

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Orlando Huaman*

In response to the Samoa First Union

This piece is in reference to “About those “lazy” Samoan workers” by the Samoa First Union. Laziness is a habit inherent in any human being. And it is a bad habit. Period.

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Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

Tui Cable: These are exciting times

“Whilst providing affordable wholesale internet through the Tui-Samoa is important, extending access must go hand in hand with increasing digital literacy for women and men, girls and boys as well as those Samoans with disabilities” – P.M. Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

Between the Lines

THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

SLOW DOWN PLEASE Those midnight rally drivers might want to be careful out there.

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Former Prime Minister of England, Winston Churchill, became so famous for his speeches that he was called the Greatest Speaker of the Century. He was also famous for his quick wit.

Street Talk

How can Govt. address social media abuse?

“ The Government is facing a new threat. It comes in the form of anonymous bloggers using fake names to attack senior Government leaders – including Prime Minister Tuilaepa – on Facebook and other social media sites. What do you think the Government should do? Would you support the Government regulating the use of social media sites – and to some extent blocking them altogether – like they do in China? Nefertiti Matatia asked the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Norma Matatia, 37

Faatoia

Sam Masoli, 20

Aleisa

Sanduxy Collins, 18

Fagaloa

Aggie Lua, 19

Saleimoa

Komisi Tau, 57

Nuu-Fou

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