Share the Christmas spirit, “Buy Samoan local, think global” like the “Asian Tigers”

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.

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The situation at Asau

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.

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Faceless ghosts

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.

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Samoa approaches a disastrous imbalance

It is a sad story no matter how many fiafia events there may be. One of the last remaining island habitats existing for thousands of years in conformity with mother earth, is losing its balance within 200 years of European arrival.

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Trade wars lead to real war

Re: China demands release Interesting arrest if Trump was not aware of it. Especially interesting as it happened while he was dining with Chinese president Xi.

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Remember who you are

Re: Minister slams door on sex education call I am sick to death of these over educated people who either, did not know the warning pen by the late, or, had known and completely went against Lemalu Tate Simi encomiums:

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The stigma we carry

Re: Chinese influence in Samoa We as an ethnic group carry a stigma with the outside world from NZ, Australia and in the US. To them, we ethic Samoans, are dumb people. The prime minister and PS Jeffrey here are prime examples.

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Don’t forget the lies

Re: New colonialism that feeds on greed “The colonialists came with guns and weapons. That’s not happening anymore. Today, they are offering finances, funding and lots of loans that we will not be able to pay. They are shooting us down with their ideals, values and rules.”

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You know the lawyers

Re: P.M. Tuilaepa should tell us these lawyers Of course it’s a widely held knowledge who the lawyers are. You know them Mr. Editor; the very same information I sent to the Honourable Prime Minister of Samoa I sent you also.

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Hating ourselves

Re: Chinese influence in Samoa Another racist letter to the Samoa Observer about the Chinese. This Asipau writer straining with every scrape of the empty barrel to try and differentiate and isolate the newer Chinese migrants as some “other” to be feared; to be despised; to be suspicious of, and ultimately to be de-humanised.

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Unchristian, not Samoan and unconstitutional

Dear Editor, Re: Govt. charges pastors The EFKS, through her Fono Tele, represents the Cultural- Spiritual Twin Foundations of the Modern Samoa which gave Modern Samoa it’s Constitution and the Founding Vision for the Independent State of Samoa- Samoa shall always be Founded in God, the God of the Christian Faith.

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What are you talking about?

Dear Editor, Re: Aid expert downplays debt trap This so-called Aid expert won’t be around to help when Samoa is absolutely broke and have no ways of raising money to pay the “interest” of the 1$billion loan.

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Let them be run by a private enterprise

Dear Editor Re: Govt. in control of airline finances As is the case the world over, airlines are generally the domain of private enterprise. The same should apply in Samoa.

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Chinese influence in Samoa

Dear Editor Re: P.M. praises Chinese migrants’ work ethic There is no denying early labor immigrant Chinese contributions and influence in Samoa.

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We must move with the times

Dear Editor, Re: $1.1 billion debt, charges against Church Ministers and corruption A moving forward world is a progressive life for the right of this the right of that and of course the right to develop one’s country. The past is history.

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The real culprit

Re: Samoa U20s against Tonga It was a terrible performance. The backs kept dropping the ball or turning it over.

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Debt to equity ratio

Re: Samoa’s debt and corruption The debt to equity ratio in Samoa is an inverted fraction already, it needs to counter balance by finding some lucrative resources to make up the difference. And guess who’s the one that’s going to pay the Piper to make up the difference?

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Watch and learn

Re: Report shocks diplomat The journalist is acting on advise from Australian government which was announced in the parliament last week comparing security risks involved in regard of close proximity to Australia.

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America’s absence from the Pacific

Dear Editor Re: We’ve never left, U.S. assures Pacific I think that had it not been for China’s interest in the Pacific, perhaps the U.S. official take would have been one to leave the Pacific alone as it has done for the past three decades.

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Why the P.M. is right about violence

Dear Editor, Re: Solution to violence within families The P.M. is right, the solution to domestic violence lies with all of us. We, particularly the men, need to be able to communicate better and more effectively with our wives and children.

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Editorial

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:

Street Talk

Aiatia Notoa, 20

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.

Think a Minute

Maid to sing

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.

Columns

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’.

Between the Lines

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.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.

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