What freedom of expression is all about

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.

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Don’t forget the hardships they’re going through too

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.

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Parting words of a Christian

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.

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Aid, contradictions and conflicts of interest

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?

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Prevention is always better than cure

The discussion about the recent typhoid outbreak in Auckland, which led to the death of a Samoan woman there, was largely muted on these shores.

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Distractions, smokescreens and cost of corruption

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.

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Let’s not waste an opportunity

Okay we’re just gonna say it now and leave it out there. It’s something many people in Samoa are thinking but are perhaps unable to voice.

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Petty crime a crying shame

We know this much. The seawall on Beach Road is one of the most important features of the Apia Township. Utilised well, it is a wonderful space for everyone.

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Sevens; is it time to panic yet?

Another leg of the HSBC Sevens and it appears Samoa is still barely hanging in there with our 13th position on the ladder, – a far cry from the glory days of 2010.

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Think resurrection, think about an eternal hope for all!

He’s alive. And because of that there is hope. Eternal hope. And hope is one thing the world sorely needs right now amidst all the chaos near and far.

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God’s love, Jesus Christ the sacrifice and our response

It’s Good Friday today. In this nation, which was recently declared an official Christian state, most of us will pause to remember and reflect on the day our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for our salvation.

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A positive development in the search for jobs

Praise is deserved where it is due. And today we believe the government, the Samoa Shipping Services and everyone else involved in the journey of seafarers who are heading overseas for employment deserve a pat on the back and to be congratulated.

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But of course Samoa is not broke. At least that’s the official line

Here’s the good news. According to the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, the government is not broke.

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Preparing for the tough times ahead

The truth is simple enough. In countries near and far, there are real concerns about food. With climate change the cost of economic struggles, we cannot be sure that food will always be available in abundance.

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Government and déjà vu

If you didn’t already have this feeling of déjà vu before you started to read our sidebar front page story, we can pretty much guarantee you will have it by the time you get to the end of it.

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A young mother, a $1,147 debt, and a two-month old baby in jail!

It’s a tough, sick paradise we’re living in today, I reckon. On 31 March 2017, a story published on the front page of the Samoa Observer, titled “Mother and baby in custody over debt”, told about what would turn out to be a shocking story, to say the least.

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Syria conflict and Trump turning a corner

A global conflict that has been bubbling beneath the surface for a while now can no longer be contained. And as you have seen on the front page of the paper you are reading, U.S. President Donald Trump has made his first major move as President in terms of dealing with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s continued violation of the law and use of chemical weapons.

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Sometimes we get what we deserve

It pays to be reminded now and then. We reap what we sow. It’s the way life goes, or as some people prefer, that’s just how the cookie crumbles. And it works in all areas of life.

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Babies don’t belong in jail cells

It’s impossible to ignore it. The idea that a mother is sharing a custody cell with her two-month-old baby over a debt she has not been able to pay is chilling.

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How silly politics ruined Ele’s moment

In the end, it was a simple low-key ceremony. It probably best described the incredibly humble champion that Tapueleele Opeloge of Vaoala is.

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Letters to the Editor

Lets make a lasting first impression

Dear Editor, Amateurs hope. Professionals work. -Garson Kanin Tourism is definitely an industry that can thrive here in Samoa but it’s going to take some work for it to thrive.

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

Blind spots

Think a minute…How’s your eyesight and vision? A famous blind woman once said: “It’s better to be blind and see with your heart, than to have two good eyes and not see yourself as you truly are.”


ANZAC: Lest we forget!

Today, 25 April 2017, marks 102 years since the landing of thousands of Australian and New Zealand troops on the shores of Gallipoli and the birth of the term ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps).

Between the Lines


The righteous thing The Ministry of Revenue is not the most popular of government Ministries right now. That’s for sure.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The fire burnt low in the hearth but the servant women made no move to add fuel to it.

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