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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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Endangered species / The irrawaddy dolphin and finless porpoise are the closest they’ve ever been to extinction

By: Madeleine Keck - Posted on: December 6, 2017 | Current Affairs

The rare aquatic mammals have lost half their populations over the last half-century and human activity is said to be the main cause

Irrawaddy dolphins found in South and Southeast Asia are coming under increasing threat. Illegal fishing and plans for more dams across the Mekong river are among some of the continuing threats to the vulnerable population Photo: Barbara Walton/EPA

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) updated its red list of threatened species on Tuesday, announcing that due to the effects of human activity the irrawaddy dolphin and finless porpoise have had their listing changed from ‘vulnerable’ to ‘endangered’, meaning they are one rank closer to extinction.

The once abundant numbers of the two aquatic mammals that roamed the coastlines of Southeast Asia have been on a fast-paced downward spiral over the past 100 years, due mostly to loss of habitat and getting entangled in illegal fishing nets.

The re-evaluation of the listing for the irrawaddy dolphin and finless porpoise comes after the population numbers declined by half over the past 60 years and 45 years respectively, the new edition of the closely watched red list found.

“These species live in shallow waters near shore and both have populations confined to freshwater systems, and that makes them extremely vulnerable to human activities,” red list head Craig Hilton-Taylor told reporters on Tuesday. “In the Mekong river, for example, the majority of irrawaddy dolphin deaths in recent years have been caused by entanglement in gill nets. These nets hang like curtains of deaths across the river.”

In a statement issued last month, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced that alongside being caught in fishing nets, the already vulnerable mammals are set to face yet another threat: hydropower dams.

“New proposed hydropower dams on the Mekong mainstream are also a concern to the future survival of the species,” WWF Cambodia director Seng Teak revealed.

The proposed Sambor Dam on the river in Kratie Province, Cambodia would fast-forward the extinction of the remaining dolphin populations, as large hydropower dams annihilate fish and dolphin habitats and block migration to reproduction grounds by producing changes in water flow.

Weeralong Laovetchprasit from the Marine and Coastal Resources Research and Development Center in Rayong Thailand told news organisation Khaosod that even without the expansion of new dams, the finless porpoise will surely become extinct due to an abundance of fishing nets and people littering in their waters.

“A lot of times they will get tangled in ropes and drown because they can’t come up to the surface to breathe,” he said. “Other times, they ingest so much plastic that their bodies are completely rotten when we do an autopsy.”

For Randall Reeves, chair of the IUCN, deliberate hunting or capture of the mammals is rare or due to the protected status of both species, but he went on to say that the current safeguarding from entanglement and loss of habitat is essentially useless.

‘Without practical solutions to this problem, the declines of dolphins and porpoises are bound to continue for the foreseeable future.’

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