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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

Human rights and the beauty of freedom, different views, opinions

The writer was invited by UNESCO to speak as one of the panelists during the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights last night. Other speakers included Acting Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma and UNESCO Director and Representative to the Pacific State, Ms. Nisha. This is what Mata’afa said:

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The other day I came across this kid near EPC.This kid has consistently been there selling popcorn and other small stuff for as long as I can recall. He always approaches vehicles in a very polite expectant way trying to sale his merchandise.

Re: About the Asau wharf editorial Absolutely agree with the article regarding deepening port in Savaii. Similar situations are in Vanuatu where the government is having difficulty with repayments to the Chinese lenders, Sri Lanka government has already defaulted in their loan and now the Chinese government controls the deep port for 99 years.

Re: The truth about Mr. Tauili’ili’s death will be told Please. Don’t act all sanctimonious about “gutless, faceless, ghosts”, when all of Samoa knows that your newspaper has benefited tremendously from those “gutless, faceless, ghosts” over the years in feeding you their stories, and from what you are not able to publish legally, the information of those “gutless, faceless, ghosts” always finds their way into the editorials hidden by “opinion” and generalisations.

Columns

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Fiu Mata’ese Elisara

Spare a thought for the Samoan delegation at Poland Climate Talks

As we fast approach the end of 2018 and envelop ourselves in the spirit of the festive season on Christmas and New Year celebrations, we need to spare a thought or two for the Samoa delegation these two weeks in Katowice Poland in the collective pursuit by developing countries for a climate package of decisions that ‘leaves no climate related issues behind’.

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Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

Law Reform Commission marks 10 years

Today, we celebrate 10 years Anniversary of service of the Samoa Law Reform Commission to our people and Government. Its establishment in October 2008 was a significant milestone for Samoa.

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Wang Xuefeng

History of the Chinese in Samoa

It is with great pleasure that I come to attend the first public screening of the documentary Dragons in Paradise in Samoa and the Opening Ceremony of The History of Chinese in Samoa Exhibition.

Between the Lines

P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

No media The British American Tobacco Company, previously known as Rothmans, celebrated a milestone at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum last night. It was their 40th birthday in Samoa.

Is this Samoa’s Manu Samoa? Two issues stand out like a sore thumb in the selection of the Manu Samoa. Firstly, there is not a single player picked from the competitions in Samoa.

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Years ago many white southerners in America treated black, African Americans in horrible, evil ways. Yet there were some southern whites who were different. One of these was the Chisholm family in Laurel, Mississippi.

Street Talk

Public welcome World AIDS Day

Samoa joined the international community last Saturday December 1 to mark the 2018 World AIDS Day with a parade, a float and speeches by dignitaries including Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i met members of the public to get their views on the deadly disease and what should be done.

Aiatia Notoa, 20

Vailima

Jennifer Ah Ching, 28

Fagalii

Mareta Arp, 28

Alafua

Muliau Isaako, 69

Sogi

Shary Tasipale, 19

Lalovaea

Susana Talaiti, 29

Tuanai

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