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What’s happening in Tonga is a microcosm of China’s expanding global influence and illustrates why the United States is losing ground fast in the Pacific. That is the lead-line to an article published this week in Politico Magazine. Datelined Nuku’alofa it begins saying, “August 2016 was a sun-...
Dear Editor,   In my call for Mr. Charles Alailima to tell me why determination of citizenship is not a component of and comes before self-determination, he reproduced the testimony he submitted to Congress in support of HRes 279, which appears to be stalled in Committee.  When you strip away all...
Dear Editor, In his letter to the editor regarding the Fitisemanu v. United States case, Charles Ala’ilima points to a question we all seem to be thinking but don’t want to ask – do we want to remain as a territory (status quo) or vote for some form of self-rule? Now some may say that we shouldn’t...
Dear Editor: I would respectfully disagree with Congresswoman Uifa'atali Amata's statement in her recently published letter that I have not addressed self-determination in the context of this citizenship lawsuit. In my May 26, 2021 letter to the House Resources Committee, a Committee on which...
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...

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