Another blunder? Or is it desperation?

The government’s announcement that the Overseas Medical Referral Programme (O.M.R.P.) has now been extended to India – with the likelihood of New Zealand being totally excluded - would without a doubt raise eyebrows.

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Why dispute between First Solar and the government matters

The simmering dispute between First Solar and the government is a complex matter. And one thing is crystal clear; it’s a tough, tough situation for the government.

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Every day life in beautiful Samoa

The contradictions are real. And so are the outcomes. How can Samoa be so beautiful when you look in from the outside and yet it’s full of problems?

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The importance of two sene

There seems to be a few favourite strategies used by our government when there is bad news on the horizon.

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The irony with the government, the church and those taxes

Oh the irony of all ironies. Barely a month after the church in Samoa praised the government ever so highly for making Samoa a Christian nation; the government has turned around and given the church the boot.

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What conflict of interest? Surely not in Samoa, not in paradise!

Conflict of interest seems to be the phrase of the moment. You see with the recent controversy about conflicts of interest in different government bodies, we are reminded about an interesting episode involving the former leader of the Tautua Samoa Party, Palusalue Faapo II and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

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A tribute to an everyday hero

A tragedy is not a place to find a heartwarming story. It’s a place of mourning and sadness. It’s a place no one, not even the bravest among the living souls, would dare to venture.

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The cost of corruption, negligence and ignorance in interesting Samoa

We’ve said this before and we will say it again. We are an interesting lot.

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Of big brains the reality in Samoa today

This much is undeniable. Prime Minister Tuilaepa is a clever man. A holder of two doctorate awards and much, much more in terms of qualifications, he has no match in Samoa.

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Prison reform on the horizon

The confirmation by the Minister of Prisons, Ti’alavea Tionisio Hunt that the new prison at Tanumalala is going ahead is welcome news.

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Give to Caesar what belongs to him

The plan by the Ministry of Revenue to change taxation laws to allow the government to tax officials who are currently exempted from PAYE is an interesting one.

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What about the truth? Transparency? And accountability?

Well there you have it Samoa. On the front page of the newspaper you are reading today is the response from the Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa National Provident Fund (S.N.P.F.) to questions about the activities of the Fund.

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Timely caution about vehicles in Samoa

An uninformed population will always be vulnerable to being preyed upon.

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In an ideal world, cops shouldn’t be armed. But we don’t live in an ideal world

And so the issue of whether the Police should use firearms in performing their role to protect the people of this country has surfaced once more.

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Change takes time. So let’s continue to persevere

The truth is simple enough. Despite the strong push for gender equality, its undeniable that women are still marginalised. This is as true in the case of Samoa as it is in most countries – including the developed world.

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S.N.P.F. queries, transparency and Samoa’s poorest

Let’s see. The concerns expressed by a member of the business community in the Sunday Samoan about funds from the Samoa National Provident Fund (S.N.P.F.) being loaned to foreign business interests is a legitimate one.

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Snippets from the past in President Trump’s little, big puppet called America

Today, everyone knows the story behind the newly elected 45th President of the United States of America, the billionaire businessman named Donald Trump.

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It is the people

There is a proverb that once heard, is unforgettable … or it should be. It asks, “What is the most important thing in the world?

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P.M. Tuilaepa and the government must proceed with caution

A story titled “Govt. outlines financial centre, air traffic focus” published on the Sunday Samoan of 5 February 2017 made for some very interesting reading.

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Democracy Samoa style

How time flies. This time a year ago was a moment of reckoning for more than 40 constituencies across the country.

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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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