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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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Anies Baswedan: the ousted minister who may be Jakarta’s next governor

By: Paul Millar - Posted on: April 13, 2017 | Current Affairs

Dropped from his role as minister for education and culture by Indonesian President Joko Widodo last July, academic-turned-agitator Anies Baswedan seemed an unlikely candidate for Jakarta governor. Now, he is but one winning vote away from claiming the capital’s top job

Illustration by Antiochus Omissi
Illustration by Antiochus Omissi

Who is he?

Once the rector of Jakarta’s prestigious Paramadina University and the former minister of education and culture, Anies Rasyid Baswedan was listed as one of the world’s 20 people to watch in coming decades by Tokyo-based monthly Foresight in 2010. Now, the grandson of renowned revolutionary and diplomat AR Baswedan is just weeks away from the second round of an election that may make him governor of Indonesia’s capital – and set him on the path to greater things.

Why is he in the news?

With former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s son falling in the first round of Jakarta’s fierce vote for governor, the second ballot on 19 April is down to Baswedan and Chinese-Christian incumbent Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama. A prolonged blasphemy trial has certainly hampered Ahok’s campaign, and Baswedan is expected to pick up many votes that would have gone to the establishment-backed Yudhoyono. However, a slew of corruption allegations brought against him in mid-March may slow the ousted minister’s meteoric rise.

What are the allegations against him?

Baswedan has been reported to Indonesia’s respected Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for allegedly misusing public funds allocated for the country’s appearance at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2015. The report came from anti-corruption activist Andar Mangatas Situmorang and accuses the former minister of abusing his position at the Ministry of Education and Culture to embezzle funds. Although Baswedan was quick to dismiss the charges as a “political joke”, the anti-graft body will investigate the report.

Who are his supporters?

Now rarely seen without his white shirt and traditional Indonesian peci – a black hat favoured by devout Muslims – he appears happy to pander to his increasingly irate Islamic base. “Anies is now using Islam more and more than before,” said Leo Suryadinata, a visiting senior fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. “Islam is still a very important factor [in Indonesian politics]… those who are religious and don’t know much about politics, they will support Anies.”

What happens if he wins?

Although Ahok and his predecessor, Joko Widodo, have become the face of incumbent power, their position as reformers of Indonesia’s notoriously dynastic political scene leaves them vulnerable to both the political establishment and to disappointing the voters they once inspired. According to Suryadinata, a win for Baswedan will herald a return to the established order. “Anies is supported by entrenched interests, but he himself is not a very strong person,” he said. “If Anies wins, it will be the victory of entrenched interests.”