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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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International Criminal Court / Duterte urges countries to withdraw from ‘rude’ ICC

Posted on: March 20, 2018 | Current Affairs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has lashed out against the International Criminal Court, which is investigating him for crimes against humanity, saying other leaders should follow his example by pulling out of the treaty

Duterte’s decision to withdraw from the ICC follows the court examining a complaint filed by a lawyer in the Philippines accusing President Duterte and several government officials of crimes against humanity Photo: Mark R. Cristino / EPA – EFE

Duterte has urged other countries to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), accusing the court of unfairly targeting his government over a bloody war on drugs that has claimed the lives of more than 12,000 people.

His comments come just a few days after announcing that he himself intended to end the Philippines’ participation with the court, which is gathering evidence on him and other government officials, seeking to ascertain whether crimes against humanity have taken place during his drug war. 

“I said withdraw simply to announce to the world…and I will convince everybody now who (is) under the treaty: get out, get out. It is rude,” he said during a speech to Philippine Military Academy graduates on Sunday.

He went on to accuse the ICC of “going after blacks” and added “It is not a document that was prepared by anybody. It’s an EU-sponsored (treaty).”

Last month the ICC started preliminary inquiries into Duterte’s violent clampdown on people working in the illegal drugs trade. Rights groups say that the bloody campaign has led to thousands of extrajudicial killings and claimed the lives of innocent children. 

The ICC is a permanent international court established in 2002 to investigate, prosecute and try individuals who have committed genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes or the crime of aggression.

Duterte announced last week that the Philippines would be withdrawing its ratification of the treaty, saying his decision was a stance against “those who would politicise and weaponise human rights.”

The controversial leader said that the ICC “is being utilised as a political tool against the Philippines” and that he intends to withdraw “given the baseless, unprecedented and outrageous attacks on my person as well as against my administration” by the court and by United Nations officials, the Wall Street Journal reported.

James Gomez, Amnesty International’s regional director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, criticised Duterte’s decision to withdraw from the treaty, which the country only ratified in 2011.

“Powerful individuals in the Philippines were more interested in covering up their own potential accountability for killings than they were in ensuring justice for the many victims of the country’s brutal war on drugs’,” Gomez told the Guardian.

However, Duterte’s decision to withdraw from the court will not have an impact on the ICC’s investigation. According to the statute, pulling out of the treaty takes one year and “shall not affect any cooperation with the court in connection with criminal investigations.” 

If the Philippines does end its participation with the Court, it will be only the second country to do so after Burundi withdrew in 2017.

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