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Welcome to Samoa, An Actual Country

Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson | Posted 10.19.2015 | Travel
Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson

To save me and 182,000 other Samoans from the hassle of having to explain that our country is not Somalia or American Samoa, or a figment of our imagination, here are ten facts that not only prove we are legitimate country, but that indeed we exist.

BalletX Boasts Power and Innovation in Matthew Neenan's 'Sunset, o639 Hours'

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.13.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Tucked inside Sunset, o639 Hours are countless moments of intimacy and ingenuity. For example, when Andrea Yorita moves to "Letter from Francis Elizabeth in San Francisco to William in Auckland," she's discreet, with all the weight and earnestness of someone who longs for her lover, but is afraid to tell him.

Girl Scout Cookie Cream Pie Earns All The Merit Badges

Thrillist | Posted 05.13.2015 | Taste

I've never been able to choose between Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, Samoas, and Thin Mints.

16 Glorious Ways To Make Life Taste Like A Samoa Cookie

The Huffington Post | Julie R. Thomson | Posted 02.24.2015 | Taste

Coconut, chocolate and caramel forever.

Samoa Pretzels Give Girl Scout Cookies A Run For Their Money

The Huffington Post | Julie R. Thomson | Posted 02.11.2015 | Taste

This changes everything.

This Deep Ocean Trench Is Your New Happy Place

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 01.01.2015 | Travel

We've seen some amazing secret beaches in our day, but nothing quite blows the mind like a giant aquamarine swimming hole on a Samoan volcanic island....

I Married an American: This Is What I Get

Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson | Posted 01.14.2015 | Weddings
Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson

When I met my husband in Suva, Fiji, seven years ago, I did not realize that the day would mark the end of my open admiration of Shania Twain, obsession over corned beef or giving freely without questioning.

This Is The Most Blissful Part Of America

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 09.10.2014 | Travel

Would you believe there's a virtually empty, incomparably lush, incredibly quiet and awesomely unplugged tropical escape that's technically a part of ...

Island Voices, Global Choices: Rising Sea Levels Pose a Serious Threat to Places Like Samoa

Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi | Posted 11.04.2014 | Green
Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi

We small islanders contribute the least to climate changing emissions -- yet we suffer most from the effects of climate change. We do not want your pity or your donor dollars -- we want industrialized countries to partner with us to beat these challenges.

"It's Important for Youth to be Involved at the High Level"

UN Women | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
UN Women

Girls are getting education and employment opportunities in the Pacific, but they also face harassment within school and work environments, as well as other social issues like domestic violence. We need everyone on board.

CON GAMES: Peace Corps in Our Time

Michael Conniff | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Michael Conniff

Perhaps the hidden story, is those people, forever changed, come back home with some kind of secret sauce than never quite runs dry.

Samoa: Small Nation, Big Story

Robert Oliver | Posted 05.10.2014 | Travel
Robert Oliver

As the organic farms grow, you'll likely find an emerging Samoan cuisine that is healthy, likely organic and definitely Samoan.

I'm With Stupid: The Fiscal Benefits of Swapping Idaho for Samoa

Todd Hartley | Posted 01.16.2013 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

As of this writing, people in all 50 states had filed requests to secede from the union in the wake of the presidential election, and I have to say I ...

PHOTOS: America's Most Striking National Monuments

Posted 09.20.2012 | Travel

Earlier this week President Obama created America's newest National Monument, Colorado's Chimney Rock, which supporters of preservation say could beco...

Around the World by Private Jet

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 10.09.2012 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

In just 23 days, you can circumnavigate the world on a privately chartered jet. Check off most of your bucket list in one fell swoop.

Deep-Fried Samoa Girl Scout Cookies Hit The State Fair Circuit

Posted 07.12.2012 | Home

In honor of the Girl Scouts of America's 100th birthday this year, the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas are introducing another treat to the State Fair ...

Fighting Back Against the Bullies

George Heymont | Posted 05.13.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Despite the tendency of many Americans to think that the whole world revolves around them, the phenomenon of bullying takes place in any society where power games lead to one person attempting to dominate another.

Dec. 30, 2011: The Day That Doesn't Exist In South Pacific Nation

AP | By KENI LESA | Posted 02.29.2012 | World

APIA, Samoa -- The weekend came sooner than usual for the tiny South Pacific island nation of Samoa. When the clock struck midnight Thursday, the cou...

Samoa Plans To Skip This Friday

Posted 12.28.2011 | World

If you live in Samoa and celebrate a birthday on December 30, you're plum out of luck this year. On Thursday, the small country of Samoa will switch s...

Time Traveling In Samoa

Posted 12.27.2011 | Travel

Samoa's leap into the future has left the island nation's tourism industry shaking its head. The Pacific nation, which has traditionally been just ...

From Island Paradise To 'Dire' Emergency: South Pacific Faces Water Shortages Linked To Climate Change

AP | By NICK PERRY | Posted 12.04.2011 | Green

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Crops are wilting, schools have shut their bathrooms and government officials are bathing in lagoons because of a severe sh...

U.S. Ambassador David Huebner Preparing For Tsunami in Samoa

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Karen Ocamb

Following the devastating 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile, I emailed U.S. Ambassador David Huebner to see what was happening there and if we could help.

Samoa Hit By Earthquake AGAIN

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) - An earthquake with magnitude 6.0 has struck in the Pacific near Samoa, the U.S. Geological Survey reports. The government seismolog...

10 Best Places For Smokers Traveling Abroad

LA Times | Mark Milian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

With so many places around the world instituting smoking regulations, increasing taxes and, quite literally, kicking smokers to the curb, it's getting...

Can People Still Afford to Care?

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Walden

Just $7,700 was contributed online to Operation USA a full week after the recent natural disasters. This compares with over $1 million donated online within 24 hours in 2004 after the Asia tsunami.