The Globe as you know it is changing. Coming June 2019

  • More thought provoking stories that inspire
  • Independent, free and member supported
  • Vote for, pitch and commission stories
  • Member engagement with our journalists
~ ~ ~

To understand more about why you are so important to our member support initiative, we encourage you to read the following from our managing editor ~ Read more

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.

If you’re interested in joining us, sign up to our newsletter, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter. And watch this space.

Aung San Suu Kyi refuses to condemn military’s persecution of Rohingya

By: Nathan Paul Southern - Posted on: September 19, 2017 | Current Affairs

Myanmar’s state counsellor acknowledges human rights violations in Rakhine State amid growing pressure from the international community but falls short of attributing blame

Myanmar’s state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi gives a speech on the Myanmar government’s efforts with regard to national reconciliation and peace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 19 September 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE/Hein Htet

In a much anticipated televised national address on Tuesday morning, the former Nobel Peace Prize winner chose not to ‘apportion blame’ for the Rohingya crisis, despite mounting evidence that the Myanmar military has carried out ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.

“It is not the intention of the Myanmar government to apportion blame or to abdicate responsibility. We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence,” Aung San Suu Kyi said in a speech delivered in English.

Suu Kyi was keen to point out that her government had only been in power for 18 months, which she said was not long enough to reasonably expect the administration to overcome the myriad challenges facing the country. “Burma is a complex nation,” she said, before urging the international community to allow her government more time to solve the crisis.

“We too are concerned. We want to find out what the real problems are. There have been allegations and counter-allegations. We have to listen to all of them,” she said. “We have to make sure those allegations are based on solid evidence before we take action.”

Suu Kyi also noted that international media outlets failed to report on the parts of Rakhine that had not been caught up in the violence. “More than 50% of villages are still intact,” she said. The state counsellor also claimed that the majority of people there had not felt the need to flee.

However, Suu Kyi did acknowledge that an “exodus” was indeed occurring. “We are concerned to hear that numbers of Muslims are fleeing across the border to Bangladesh,” she said. “We want to find out why this exodus is happening.”

The former Nobel Peace Prize winner has been the subject of growing international scrutiny over her response to a crisis that has forced forced more than 410,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh. Numerous eyewitness reports, supported by pictures and videos posted to social media, suggest that the Myanmar military has indiscriminately killed, raped and tortured innocent civilians before burning down entire villages.

Hours before her speech, Suu Kyi was urged to condemn the violence by leaders from the US, Canada, France, UK and Australia. Many have also called for Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Nobel Peace Prize for failing to put a stop to what the UN has described as ‘ethnic cleansing’.

However, the region’s superpowers have not followed suit. In a recent state visit to Myanmar, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his support to Suu Kyi, blaming the violence in Rakhine on Rohingya terrorists. On Monday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told UN Secretary-General António Guterres that Beijing was supportive of Myanmar’s efforts to restore order in Rakhine State and extinguish the “fire of war” there.