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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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Palu earthquake and tsunami / Death toll expected to rise drastically

By: Robin Spiess - Posted on: October 1, 2018 | Current Affairs

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday, causing a massive tsunami that left the provincial capital of Palu and several coastal cities in ruins. As of Monday, more than 840 people have been confirmed dead as a result of the natural disaster

Indonesian rescuers try to free a 15-year-old earthquake survivor, Nurul Istikhomah from the flooded ruins of a collapsed house in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, 30 September 2018. Istikhamah had been trapped for two days Photo: Arimacs Wilander / EPA-EFE

The death toll is expected to climb much higher in the upcoming days, with officials warning that it could reach into the thousands. As search-and-rescue efforts continue in the city of Palu, some of the island’s most populated cities – including the coastal town of Donggala, home to 300,000 – still remain cut off from any assistance.

“The Indonesian Red Cross is racing to help survivors, but we don’t know what they’ll find there,” Jan Gelfand, head of the International Red Cross delegation in Indonesia, told CNN on Sunday. “I don’t think we’ve quite seen the worst of things yet.”

At least 2.4 million people have been affected by the disaster, according to Indonesia’s Disaster Management Agency, and hundreds have been badly injured. Around 17,000 people have been left homeless in Palu alone.

Due to significant damage to the Palu airport, only limited flights have been able to reach the affected area. Destroyed roads and the Indonesian government’s slow decision to accept foreign assistance have stymied the flow of aid to the island, various reports have stated. Supplies of medicine, food and water remain low.

“No aid has arrived. We have lost everything,” one resident told the BBC.

In Palu, unidentified bodies line the streets covered in tarps. First responders continue to dig through the rubble, sometimes by hand, in the hopes of finding trapped survivors. A severe lack of resources and shelter have left many to sleep on the side of the road, while rescuers have been treating patients outdoors.

Desperate survivors have turned to looting shops for basic supplies.

“There has been no aid, we need to eat. We don’t have any other choice, we must get food,” one man in Palu told AFP, as he filled a basket with goods from a nearby store.

In the hills above Palu, volunteers are digging a 100m-long grave for more than 1,000 victims in an attempt to prevent outbreak of disease.

Justice Ministry officials also announced on Monday that more than 1,200 convicts had escaped from three different prisons across Sulawesi in the aftermath of the quake.

Three days after the disaster, an Indonesian official announced on Twitter that Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo had officially opened the country to international aid for disaster relief. Over the weekend, countries including Singapore and Thailand had already offered their assistance in the rescue efforts, while the European Union and South Korea had offered $1.7m and $1m, respectively, in aid.

In light of the scope of the disaster, which saw waves more than three-metres tall crashing into Indonesia’s coastline, many tsunami experts and officials have begun to question why residents were not adequately warned.

According to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the country’s national disaster agency, none of Indonesia’s 22 buoys intended to monitor for tsunamis have been operational for the past six years.

“The disaster funding continues to decrease every year,” he said in an announcement on Sunday. “The threat of disasters increases, disasters increase, but the [disaster agency] budget decreases.”