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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Safety of the public paramount

Our nation’s threshold to tolerate irresponsible bus – and to an extent taxi - drivers is intriguing. We put up with them everyday on the road and even on occasions where their stupidity costs lives, it seems that it has become the norm for us to accept that this is the reality in Samoa.

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Much to be excited about in sports

Sports has been a hot topic this past week in Samoa. There was our national sports body the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (S.A.S.N.O.C.), holding their A.G.M. as well as the election of office holders for the next four years.

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Letters to the Editor

Life after for a C.E.O.

Dear Editor Re: In with the new, out with the old Malo le faiva ma le tautua Sulu. So many opportunities out there to explore and you have so much potential and still young ‘n active.

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

Above the law

Think a minute…Does a thief steal because he’s a thief? Or, is he a thief because he steals? Studies show that over 80% of criminals who have been in prison and then freed after serving their time are back in prison for the same crime in less than 1 year!


Moving on

Eyes closed Head on my pillow Mind racing

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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