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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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Philippines attempts to quash rumours of President Duterte’s ill health

By: Euan Black - Posted on: June 27, 2017 | Current Affairs

At a time when Filipinos are losing their lives to fighting in the country’s troubled south, the pugnacious leader’s absence has many questioning whether his health problems have knocked him down

Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (L) visiting evacuees from Marawi City at the Iligan City National School of Fisheries in Iligan City, southern Philippines, 20 June 2017. The President has not been seen in public since. Photo:EPA/Presidential Photographers Division Handout

President Rodrigo Duterte is “alive and well” and has not been making his usual public appearances due to a particularly busy schedule behind the scenes, according to presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella.

Known for making multiple speeches on a daily basis, the leader’s recent absence from the public arena has been the subject of mounting speculation in recent weeks, with rumours that Duterte is seriously ill gaining considerable traction. The timing is particularly bad with the country’s military in an ongoing battle with Islamic State-aligned militants in Marawi City.

“First and foremost, he is alive and well, he is very well, he’s just busy doing what he needs to do,” Abella said on Tuesday, according to Reuters. “The thing that is very important to note is that he is on top of every situation, he is aware of what’s happening, he’s updated regularly, he reads, he listens and he’s quite aware. This is just his working style.”

Duterte was last seen on 20 June speaking to soldiers and evacuees in Marawi. Prior to that, he had not been seen in public for three days. He also failed to make an appearance for the country’s Independence Day celebrations on 12 June.

The controversial leader has spoken publicly about his health problems. Last December, Duterte disclosed during an hour-long speech to business leaders that he suffered from migraines and severe back pain, which he was medicating with Fentanyl, an opioid painkiller commonly prescribed to cancer patients.

During that speech, Duterte also revealed that he was abusing the drug by regularly taking two pills when his doctor had only recommended he take a quarter of one pill.

“My doctor learned that I was using the whole patch because I felt better. When he knew it, he made me stop and he said … ‘the first thing that you would lose is your cognitive ability,” he said, according to the Inquirer.

But after many critics questioned whether he was fit for the presidency, the former mayor of Davao took the now common tack of backpedalling and said that his comments were no more than a joke.

In addition to his migraines and back pain, Duterte is also known to suffer from Barrett’s oesophagus, which can cause heartburn and occasionally cancer, and Buerger’s disease, which was caused by heavy smoking during his youth. His ever growing list of serious health conditions means he often questions whether he will be able to survive his first six years in office.

Will I survive the six years?” Duterte asked last November.  “I’d make a prediction, maybe not.”

Read Southeast Asia Globe’s report card of Duterte’s first year in office: The two faces of President Duterte