Turkish troops return from the Syrian border, in Karkamis, Turkey, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.

Turkey-backed rebels expel Kurdish forces from Syrian towns

Rebels backed by Turkey made major gains Sunday in northern Syria, expelling Kurdish-led forces from towns and villages as part of a determined campaign by Ankara to push the militants east of the Euphrates River.

17 Hits

Top Stories


HAPPY FACES DURING THE OPENING OF THE CREATIVE LEARNING CENTRE: Gatavai Primary School Representatives with U.S. Embassy and Peace Corps Staff.

Gataivai Primary School Creative Learning Centre opens

On Friday, August 26, 2016, Gataivai Primary School officially opened their Creative Learning Center.  

261 Hits

Salome Mulipola’s home at Nuusutia, Safata

A simple village life

34 years old, Salome Mulipola, wants Samoa to know that there is nothing wrong with living a simple life.

2576 Hits


NBA basketball players Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, from left, speak on stage at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.

In wake of cousin's fatal shooting, Dwyane Wade speaks out

NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin was an innocent bystander, police said, pushing her baby in a stroller near a Chicago school where she intended to register her children when she was fatally shot Friday.

223 Hits

Rebels of the 48th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia walk on a makeshift footbridge in the southern jungles of Putumayo, Colombia.

Colombian rebels announce final conference of peace talks

Top commanders from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are preparing to gather one final time in mid-September to ratify a peace accord reached this week with government negotiators and map out the group's political strategy without weapons.

26 Hits


Wallabies coach Michael Cheika

Wallabies coach bags ref after loss to New Zealand

Australia coach Michael Cheika launched a blistering attack on referee Romain Poite after his team lost to New Zealand 29-9 on Saturday, saying he was "bitterly disappointed" at the Frenchman's treatment of Wallabies captain Stephen Moore.

248 Hits

Argentina's Los Pumas flanker Pablo Matera, right, is tackled by South Africa's wing Ruan Combrinck during a rugby championship match in Salta, Argentina, Saturday.

Argentina beats Springboks 26-24 in Rugby Championship

A week after letting a winning chance slip through its fingers, Argentina beat South Africa 26-24 in the Rugby Championship on Saturday to claim only its second-ever victory over the Springboks.

280 Hits

Street Talk

Does Samoa really need another airline?

With this week’s launch of Talofa Airways, Samoa has established another way to connect to other countries. The company joins the ranks of competing airlines which leads to the question, do Samoans really need another airline?

Ben Petana


Tomkins Siliga

Fagaitua (American Samoa)

Tauaiupolu Siliga

Fagaitua (American Samoa)

Rachel Alefosio Trood


Mele Ioselani Trood


Christopher Krieg


Think a Minute

Think a minute…Apple Computer’s Steve Jobs’ death from cancer at the age of 56 touched millions. His impact on the world through the Macintosh computer, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and iTunes will continue for many years.


author picture

“You rub my back, and I’ll rub your back” – revisited.

Yesterday on the front page of the Samoa Observer, the story titled “P.M. silent on Sogi plan”, was published. Sogi, that seaside spot on the Mulinu’u Peninsula where the struggle for peace was fought and won once upon a time, is today the center of a nasty, on-going standoff between some of its families, and our government.

312 Hits

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I refer to Vatapuia Maiava’s excellent report re-church commitments (26th August 2016). What really concerns me is that Afoa Aliva will be frowned upon by the churches...

Dear Editor The most deserving athlete Samoa has ever produced. It is a great testament to Ele Opeloge’s hard work and commitment to her sport and her country over a long period of time.

Dear Editor This may apply to all the churches on your island but it does not include Jehovah’s Witnesses! Nothing is given under duress or required to be part of their organization.




Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died.

Max Ritvo, poet who chronicled cancer battle, dies at 25

Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25.

43 Hits


Pecha Berry Pokeseed doughnuts, top left and center, are displayed in a box of doughnuts from Doughnut Plant, in New York. From doughnut shops to zoos, businesses and organizations are finding creative ways to capitalize on “Pokemon Go.”

Pokemon doughnuts, exercise classes tap game's popularity.

Weeks into the "Pokemon Go" craze, demand remains strong for "Poke Ball"-shaped treats made by a high-end doughnut company, one of many businesses and organizations coming up with creative ways to lure players in their search for the elusive "pocket monsters."

29 Hits

© Samoa Observer 2016

Developed by Samoa Observer in Apia