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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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A brief guide to Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest in Southeast Asia

By: Logan Connor - Posted on: January 20, 2017 | Current Affairs

As Donald Trump prepares to be sworn in as the next US president today, we take a look at some of his business ventures raising eyebrows in the region

President-elect Donald J. Trump and his family at the Lincoln Memorial during the 'Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration' a day before Donald J. Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States in Washington, DC
President-elect Donald J. Trump and his family at the Lincoln Memorial during the ‘Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration’ a day before Donald J. Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States in Washington, DC, USA, 19 January 2017. Photo: EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Thousands have begun converging on Washington DC to watch Donald Trump be inaugurated the 45th president of the United States later tonight. After his surprise victory in November – which has virtually split the US among political and ideological fault lines – those tasked with keeping presidential power in check have begun scouring his business ventures, finding conflicts of interest that span the globe. Trump’s hands, of course, have reached to Southeast Asia.

In Indonesia, Trump is a business partner of Hary Tanoesoedibjo, the billionaire chairman and chief executive of MNC Group, a Jakarta-based investment company that is currently building two luxury resorts in Indonesia that will be managed by the Trump Hotel Collection, a subsidiary of the Trump Organization. The MNC Group, according to Reuters, is investing between $500m and $1 billion in the two developments.

Trump has gained access to some of Indonesia’s top politicians through his partnership with Tanoesoedibjo. This includes Setya Novanto, the Indonesian House of Representatives speaker who was temporarily forced to step down from his post in 2015 over corruption allegations. Novanto was caught on tape looking for a $4 billion payment from US mining company Freeport-McMoRan. In September 2015, after a meeting at Trump Tower, Trump brought Novanto before the cameras at a news conference and called him “a great man”, adding: “We will do great things for the United States.”

Trump’s Southeast Asia business ties extend to the Philippines, where the Trump Organization is involved in the construction of the $150m Manila Trump Tower. Building the tower is Jose E.B. Antonio, real estate magnate and managing director of the Century Properties Group, the company behind the project.

Complicating matters, Antonio was recently named special envoy to the US for trade, investment and economic affairs by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte, who perhaps rivals Trump in his outspokenness, has been heavily criticised by the administration of outgoing US president Barack Obama for waging a ‘war on drugs’ in the Philippines that has claimed roughly 6,000 lives. For Trump to have business ties to a member of Duterte’s government certainly creates ethical quandaries for the new US president.

While president-elect Trump has said the Trump Organization will not make any new deals abroad will he is president, he will still retain ownership of the company, while control will largely be placed in the hands of his two sons, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

Trump has publically praised himself for relinquishing control of his business, which he is not required by US law to do. “I could actually run my business and run government at the same time. I don’t like the way that looks,” Trump said last week. “But I would be able to do that if I wanted to.”

Masahito Ambashi, an economist at the Economic Research Institute for Asean and East Asia, said Trump’s regional business ventures should perhaps be the least of the international community’s worries. For Ambashi, Trump’s threat of launching a ‘trade war’ with China and imposing a 35% to 45% tariff on Chinese imports would be the most urgent threat for Southeast Asia.

“President Trump takes a hostile view of China, which he believes exports many manufacturing products to the US and deprives the US of local jobs,” Ambashi told Southeast Asia Globe.

He added: “A ‘trade war’ would certainly deteriorate these two economies [in the US and China], at worst causing recessions, which would have a negative impact on the Southeast Asian countries that depend on these two countries through international trade.”