In this post I announce the publication of my latest book (I think that makes it twelve in various stages of release). It’s a book that exposes misconduct from the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Samoa’s leading newspaper. The book contains a copy of all communications, blogs and legal documents including a $2m defamation case against me. This book is the journalistic equivalent to a single figure salute to a man whom I have shown to be not only fooled by gossip, but also his company to be a routine thief and recently proven a liar acting in malice, self-interest and total disregard for Christian ethics that his proud Samoan culture claims for itself. Enjoy now as I share the background to its publication and more . . .
THE TWO MILLION TALA PALAGI . . . another David & Goliath conflict in Paradise!
So reads the back blurb.
Get the popcorn out . . . the gloves are off!
Samoa’s leading ‘award winning’ newspaper – a proud locally
-owned family business with decades of local history of
taking on corruption of the day – is suing a Palagi blogger
for TWO MILLION TALA . . . in a defamation case in the
Supreme Court of Samoa!
The Two Million Tala Palagi gets behind
the legal processes and presents the
It includes the full set of controversial articles Palagi Perspectives
that were published but then called “lousy” by Savea Sano Malifa
(Editor-in-Chief of Samoa Observer) when it was time to pay!
Analysis of Court Documents showing serious flaws in logic,
evidence from the Apia public library archives that proves
outright deception, a full copy of the original blog post
that caused, “much embarrassment, distress and
inconvenience” to the Samoa Observer,and
commentary is also included.
You’ll never read
the local rag the
same way again!
Let’s get down and dirty here . . . the Samoa Observer claims to have a high moral calibre but they’re actually hypocritical crooks. The editorials are spoken in the royal “We” and contain much pontification of biblical values standards and absolutes, yet the company has a reputation for not paying their bills. The owner presents himself as an award-einning saint, but when you start digging you find that he is hated by half the country and the other half are deluded that the sun comes out of somewhere in the lower part of his office. I’ve shown here and in this book that he’s a proven liar as well as having ripped me off.
Welcome to the Paradise of Samoa where there are always two stories and we all live in the world of the make-believe. The publication of this book is a social crime in Samoa. I am therefore a social criminal. In a land of corruption and deception, that is a compliment.
- First you should never insult your elders. Oops, I just did, for I dared to suggest that one ‘big chief’ dude got fooled by gossip, then escalated his immorality into lies, lies and more.
- Secondly you should never take on powerful men, no matter how corrupt they are for they have the power. Oops, I just did. For the moment I’m still alive. If they ever find my suicide, take careful note that I’ve been suicided.
- Thirdly, you can’t do anything about the Samoa Observer because they will sue you and/or stop you advertising and effectively close your business down – you know, the Samoan gossip/vendetta machine sort of thing? Oops, I did and they did! Do two wrong make a right?
- Now fourthly, if you dare, just add in the racial thing. You’re not allowed to talk about racism here but if you’re a Palagi (that means you’re not brown skin born in Samoa or have any Samoan blood in you) then you are a target, you have no standing in society, and you CERTAINLY cannot say anything negative about a Samoan, and especially if you cause shame for Samoa and especially ESPECIALLY not if you’re right. Oops, I just did. Oops I think I am right too!
This is a light-hearted dealing (except for the ‘suicided thing’ in which I was deadly serious, pun intended) with a HUGE issue here in Samoa and one that is well described by the events shared in the book. There’s a serious problem though, and it is this . . . I’m an author and an investigative blogger and until they kick me out, I live here, currently now for six years. I respect the truth, have a strong sense of justice and have no fear. Put simply, I am a square peg in a round hole . . . and I’m perceived as a threat, by many who believe the gossip and don’t know the real me.
When Savea Sano Malifa ripped me off, I was patient, gave him opportunity to fix the matter, pleaded to his integrity and then left it for a while, a year, or two, and more then sued his company, for what was owing (no more) and then watched while he and his lawyers delayed things, played games and then dreamed up a scheme to whack me with a massive $2m defamation lawsuit.
He’s a danger to the Samoan AND international business community and his conduct is a disgrace to the Samoan people and culture.
I’m publishing the facts, my commentary and analysis prior to the Supreme Court hearing. I will use it in evidence. In my next post I will be sharing an Open Letter to Samoa Observer’s lawyer, giving her five days to request a copy of the book and a Right of Reply, the same with Sano, and then printing.
As the book cover says, the gloves are off!
The Book is 260 pages in 6×9 perfect bound.
Here’s a snap of the Contents that gives you a picture of the layout. I’ve yet to include any Right of Replies received:
An Offer i
Savea Sano Malifa – Fooled by gossip 13
Samoa Observer Sues Blogger for $2m 32
Samoa Observer’s Dodgy Defence 41
Blogger Sues Samoa Observer 54
Open Letter – Samoa Observer 118
Observations on Samoa Observer 130
Suing Samoa Observer 141
MEDIA RELEASE: Samoa Observer Sues: $2m 146
Palagi Perspectives 149
The Articles 154
White Sunday 154
The cross-cultural interchange 156
Tell it like it is 159
Church buildings – great but not biblical 161
The hidden causes 163
The Poverty Mentality 166
The culture war 168
The Gift Economy 170
Problems or Opportunities 173
The Heart of Samoa 175
Gambling – Systemised Stupidity 177
The evil of Usury 179
Facts, Feelings & Faith 182
Biblical forgiveness 184
Which Church? 186
The importance of theology 189
The two stories 191
The Two Million Tala Palagi 194
Warning to lawyer Rosella V Papalii 201
About The Author 240
By The Same Author 242
Only limited quantities of the book will be available in Samoa, I’ve dedicated the entire profits to the Samoa Observer so I’ll be giving many away – heh! Oops where did that evil thought come from? Seriously I don’t want to make money off the back of Sano and Samoa Observer, yet anyway.
Sano and the PM will get a copy gratis even though they’ve both got the money. The PM will read it from cover to cover and laugh his head off because Sano is his nemesis and Sano will no doubt take it down to the little room for posterior use.
I’m sure that half the country will want me to give them one too because Samoans are like that, oops, sorry I shouldn’t have said that either, but I can’t afford more than a few copies to spread around so unless Sano wants to print off a gazillion copies [yeah right!] and make a buck [Okay maybe?] it’ll be all low key on my side.
You can place pre-orders by contacting me directly. Australia, New Zealand and Amazon will follow in due course no doubt. I won’t be making the book available in free PDF format like I do mostly for a while (or if at all) but much of the content is already online. Grab an autographed version while I’m still around – these guys can play dirty when you ruffle their feathers and this guy is a serious p*ssed off man not really able to think straight all the time. He’s no stranger to eviction from the drinking establishments and not unknown for violence either, so who knows?
Enjoy the read and make sure you’re doing the right thing so we meet on the other side eh?