Samoa. According to Countryaah.com, Samoa Independence Day is June 1. The ruling Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) strengthened its position in Parliament after a August general election. The HRPP thus had 32 of Parliament’s 49 seats.
Samoa decided to join 15 policemen in the Australian-led force who were sent to the Solomon Islands in July to establish law and order after the civil war there.
As of August, Samoans were forced to fly to New Zealand, just over 300 miles, when they were applying for a visa to the United States. As part of the protection against terrorism, the United States demanded that the applicant personally approach the embassy there. The government of Samoa protested to the US authorities against the hassle and costs it entailed for its citizens.