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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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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Letters to the Editor

Let’s pray for Toa and everyone

Dear Editor, Re: The stigmata drama This is so sad. Demons are playing with everyone involved with this girl’s saga. This exposes the real spiritual state of those in very responsible positions in Samoa.

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

Eternal security

Think a minute…Queen Victoria was one of England’s most popular rulers, with the Victorian era being named for her. She was one of the richest, most powerful women in the world.


Recruitment of A.C.E.Os should be left to professional interviewer

I read with interest the plan by the P.M. and Cabinet to appoint the A.C.E.Os.

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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