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Apia, SAMOA — The role of the media in elections and democracy was a celebrated theme on World Press Freedom Day this past Friday with multiple events and talks held throughout the Pacific. In a statement on the day, Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) president Kora Nou said that a free media...
Canberra, AUSTRALIA — China’s influence in the Pacific creates a paradox for the formation of US policy towards Pacific island nations. If Washington focuses only on China’s involvement in the Pacific, it risks alienating the islands. Yet without mention of China, many US policymakers will remain...
The following statement is issued by the Republican Party of American Samoa in response to an April 23, 2019 ASCC story in Samoa News, “ASCC Political Science Club hosts talk on Democratic Party” We agree with Tofoitaufa Sandra King in her recent assertion at ASCC's Political Science Club that...
Dear Editor, Defense attorney Uiagalelei paints a quaint picture of a suffering, unemployed person who has unfairly lost his freedom to travel and job after he posted bail. A freedom that was compromised when he was accused of having an alleged sexual relationship with an underage male student;...
Dear Editor, I am writing this ‘open letter appreciation’ to tell your readers a little bit about our ‘off-island referral’ program. Several months ago I was given the great good fortune of being sent to Auckland, NZ to have major surgery through our wonderful referral program. In a word, the...
We had a story in our paper last week — Mar. 28th — about Vice Speaker Fetu Fetui Jr and Speaker of the House Savali Talavou Ale voicing their disappointment with the way the media was carrying out its news coverage of the House of Representatives.  Fetu, who made the comments during Fono...
The Attorney General’s Office reported that 38 sex crimes were filed with their office in 2017; and 88 in 2018.(sn) In my research, out of  these numbers more than a half have been convicted and found guilty of sexually violating our children under the age of 17. Two are repeat child sex offenders...
The focus of the Pacific Islands Forum and its Secretariat is securing the future prosperity and wellbeing of the “Blue Pacific”. The Forum seeks genuine partnerships with all actors who are willing to join us along the pathway towards that vision. Therefore, I reject the terms of the dilemma in...
When I got word that my father had a heart attack last year, I immediately video called his hospital room in Long Beach, CA. I was so grateful for my smartphone and today’s technology that enabled me to virtually cross the ocean, see my father, and hear the doctor’s prognosis. Being able to see and...
Dear Editor, A new type of predator has surfaced. These are adults who encourage, ensnare and entrap another adult into a casual sexual relationship. The motive is to extort money or favors by applying pressure through threats of exposure and if all fails, photos and videos of the sexual...

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