U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs pays tribute to Faleomavaega

Two rounds of applause for “25 years of remarkable service”

The U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs last Thursday paid tribute to outgoing Congress Faleomavaega Eni, the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, according to a news release from Faleomavaega’s office.
The tribute to Faleomavaega came during the full committee’s unanimous passage of a measure introduced by the Congressman calling for a peaceful resolution of territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas.
The measure now goes to the full House for a vote.

Amata's Journal: Lasting Bonds in Congress

Although I have had friendships over the years with many senior members of Congress, including the Speaker of the House, it was still a staff-to-Member relationship, which has its limitations and which I did not fully appreciate until this week. Even though I was on the staff of the House Republican Conference for eight years, when it was time for the Conference to meet, those of us on the staff were on the outside looking in when the doors closed. 


OP ED: “ISSF and WWF to WCPFC: Act Now to End Bigeye Overfishing”

If WCPFC can’t get bigeye right, is the rest of the fishery at risk?

(Claire van der Geest is a Strategic Policy Advisor for ISSF and Bubba Cook is the Western and Central Pacific Ocean Tuna Program Manager at WWF- World Wildlife Fund)
Tuna is the lifeblood of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean region. When a tuna stock dips, urgent action to reverse the trend is necessary for both the ocean ecosystem and the region's peoples and economy.

Pacific Island fishing culture is under attack, a guest editorial

Commercial fishing is a vital industry in the western Pacific Ocean and a cornerstone of the economies of Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific territories. But over the years, area fishermen have been repeatedly constrained by federal efforts that have created vast new marine preserves that prohibit fishing.


We’ve voted, and we now live with our choices for the next two years.
We have a new Congressperson, a known Republican and a woman. A first for us, on all counts — a Congresswoman, who has said that being a Republican in a Republican Congress cannot but help us in the territory. The next two years will tell — and I’m hoping for the best.

Amata's Journal



Samoa Observer comments on American Samoa's election

At long last American Samoa has a new representative in Congress.

She is Republican, Aumua Amata Radewagen, who has finally achieved what seemed to be the impossible many years ago, defeating long-serving Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, on Thursday. The win was not just some victory. Judging by the results, Aumua triumphed in emphatic fashion, crushing all her opponents by a big margin.

Op-Ed: In Loving Memory of our Ancestors

Just something to think about: In this little U.S. territorial island where I reside, we have a diversity of people from all walks of life. There are families with the following nationalities; Hawaiian, Tokelau, Tongan, Fijian, Maori, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino, African American, and Caucasian, etc., and they are in some way integrated, connected or residing here because of one of these reasons; by marrying someone of Samoan descent, sponsored to work here, temporary contract employment, or maybe just visiting.

Amata’s Journal: Election Week Winds Down

If you are reading this essay, it is because the election is over and Samoa News has decided to once again publish my occasional Amata’s Journal columns as a public service to its readers.
As many people have remarked to me, yesterday’s page one Samoa News photograph of Eni and me waving at the roadside to say thank you to the voters says it all about Samoan style politics: when the battle is over, we come together again. 


It’s an easy flow this week — only one thing to say — VOTE!
I don’t care if you are for, or against the Veto Override — VOTE!
I don’t care if you are going to vote your old faipule back in, despite his ugly performance — VOTE!
I don’t care if you are selling your vote for a Ben Franklin — VOTE!

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