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Dear Editor, Self-determination is a sacred principle in international law and it's enshrined in the United Nations Charter to which the U.S. subscribes. There are many arguments Charles Alailima has made, including those carried in yesterday's Samoa News, but I have never seen anywhere where he...
After nearly four months of being taken to the brink of dictatorship, Samoa’s constitutional crisis ended on July 26 when the prime minister for the past 23 years, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, conceded defeat. With the April 9 election loss, the 40-year dominance of Samoan politics by Tuilaepa’s...
To Whom It May Concern: On Thursday, June 24, 2021, there was a very serious accident in Pavaiai. An accident had a 16-year female rushed to the hospital for many injuries, including the airbag contact to her face that left bruising. This young lady was unconscious when the accident occurred and...
Dear Editor,   I have been following the Samoa election and post elections with great interest and concern. With multiple perspectives judging the actions surrounding the controversies, the most compelling perspective I found personally moving was delivered unequivocally from a sermon by the...
Dear Editor, It hurts when we see the name of our family, village, district or country in the news for something bad that has happened. As a person, I know I have to be upfront with myself about the natural bias I have when it comes to my judgment on any of these things as it relates to me. I pray...
Early this week on Monday – when the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the Head of State’s decision to declare the dissolution of the 9 April General Election results – there was a paragraph on the second last page of the 28-page judgement. The paragraph was dedicated to the Office of...
Dear Editor, In my 85 years I have seen the American Flag honored and in some cases, abused, but never more so than right here in American Samoa these past years. Each and every time the President or the Governor has ordered the flags to half mast, it is a shameful fiasco, full mast at ASTCA, 1/2...
Dear Editor, At the end of the dreadful year 2020, the repatriation process of getting American Samoan residents back home began since the borders closed in April 2020. When this process first started, the stranded residents of American Samoa (AS) residing in the mainland, were informed at the...
 In response to Japan’s announcement that it would begin dumping nuclear waste in the Pacific Ocean, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) is appealing to Japan to hold off from discharging nuclear waste from the Fukushima power plant that was destroyed by a tsunami in 2011....
We have long known that whatever the state of the economy or the weather, the Open-Borders types argue that there is a need for more foreign workers. Flood or drought, boom or bust, we "need" more of them they say. Ten million or more Americans out work because of the virus? They argue we need more...

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