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Facebook has been quietly experimenting with reducing the amount of political content it puts in users’ news feeds. The move is a tacit acknowledgment that the way the company’s algorithms work can be a problem. The heart of the matter is the distinction between provoking a response and providing...
To the Congresswoman, With due respect Congresswoman Uifa’atali you did publicly demand I address “self-determination” and I did so in detail. I see from the reasoned responses especially the very thoughtful one from Talifaitasi Satele in Samoa News that people understand that “self-determination”...
Dear Editor, While the trip home on the test flight was at times stressful, I have to admit that we have to draw a line somewhere to ensure the safety of our island community, so for that very reason, we should be willing to make the sacrifices of doing all that is required to return home safely...
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...

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