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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Mahathir Mohamad / 92-year-old former prime minister returns to Malaysian politics to unseat Najib in 2018 election

By: Johanna Chisholm - Posted on: January 10, 2018 | Current Affairs

Dr Mahathir Mohamad, prime minister of Malaysia for 22 years, will become the world’s oldest leader should the opposition win the general election in 2018

Malaysia Former Prime Minister and Malaysian United Indigenous Party (PPBM) chairman Mahathir Mohamad (L) reacts after Malaysia’s opposition named him as candidate for prime minister for the next general election during Opposition Convention in Shah Alam, Malaysia on 07 January 2018 Photo: Fazry Ismail/EPA

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was named on Sunday to lead the opposition coalition during the country’s next election, set to take place at some point in the first half of 2018.

Should Mahathir’s opposition alliance prove to be victorious when they challenge Prime Minister Najib Razak’s ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition at the polls – a party that’s witnessed sizeable losses in the past two elections – then 92-year-old Mahathir will become the world’s oldest serving leader.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II currently reigns as the oldest, coming in at age 91.

Despite having previously ruled the country for 22 years from the same party that current Prime Minister Najib rules from, Mahathir will lead from the opposite side after being drawn back into politics since his retirement in 2003.

Following his appointment on Sunday, Mahathir delivered a speech at the convention where he explained that, though he had previously fought for the success of his UMNO party, he would now “[fight] to take it down,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

“It is not easy for me to destroy the party that I loved for 60 years,” the retired doctor added.

Mahathir has been vocal in his criticism of Najib’s administration for corrupting UMNO, which is now the main party of the ruling BN coalition.

Prime Minister Najib has been embroiled in a national scandal for the past year that involves hundreds of millions of dollars being transferred through his bank account and the state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

The US Justice Department estimates that the misappropriated funds from 1MDB could be as high as $4.5 billion.

Following the retired doctor’s shocking return to politics, Mahathir was seen to garner some critical responses from current government leaders.

Government minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan, the Associated Press reported, said the 92-year-old doctor’s candidacy would just stall the opposition’s reform hopes.

“It’s laughable for (the opposition) to appoint Mahathir as the next PM and expect him to implement those reforms,” the minister tweeted out on Sunday from his personal account. “It’s a tragedy to their own cause….anyway, I thank (the opposition) for making it even easier for (the ruling coalition) to win the upcoming general election.”

Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, wife of jailed opposition leader and former deputy Prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, will also lead the coalition.

As part of his campaign, Mahathir intends to run on a platform that will seek to grant a royal pardon for Anwar, who would then takeover as the country’s prime minister, the AFP reported.

Anwar was convicted for a second time in 2014 for sodomy, a charge that he has continuously refuted as being part of a larger political conspiracy designed to end his career and split up the opposition party.

Within Malaysia, a charge of sodomy disqualifies the accused of running for office, but should Anwar receive a royal pardon he will be allowed to run again.

During his 22-year tenure as prime minister, Mahathir was known as Asia’s longest-serving leader before stepping down in 2003. Both he and the current prime minister like to accuse the other of abusing their power and corruption, but they both also deny these accusations, reported the Straits Times.

Najib is known for shutting down peaceful opponents through imprisonments and attempting to silence media outlets that are critical of his administration.

Mahathir, however, was also known for having his own authoritarian proclivities, having been the one responsible for initially jailing former deputy Anwar in 1998 for alleged charges of corruption and sodomy.

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