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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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Four Southeast Asian nations sign up to Trans-Pacific Partnership deal

By: Southeast Asia Globe editorial - Posted on: February 4, 2016 | Brunei

Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei join with eight Pacific Rim nations to form massive trade pact

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal between 12 Pacific Rim countries, was signed in Auckland, New Zealand, today.

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Lim Hng Kiang (right), Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore, during the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement in Auckland, New Zealand, today. Photo: EPA/Peter Meecham

The TPP is one of the biggest trade deals in history and, once ratified, signatory nations will enjoy lower tariffs on exports to member countries and have access to an investor-state dispute settlement system.

Four countries in Southeast Asia – Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei – inked the deal, along with the US, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru.

“The signing of the TPP agreement marks an important milestone for regional trade liberalisation,” said Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry, Lim Hng Kiang, in a statement. “The TPP signatories comprise nearly 40% of world trade, and account for over 30% of Singapore’s total trade.”

“We look forward to the TPP’s ratification as soon as possible, so that our businesses can benefit from increased trade and investment opportunities,” he added.

US President Barack Obama also welcomed the deal. “TPP allows America – and not countries like China – to write the rules of the road in the 21st century, which is especially important in a region as dynamic as the Asia-Pacific,” he said in a statement.

The deal is not without its critics, particularly as the negotiations were carried out behind closed doors. Provisions concerning intellectual property have been criticised for their expected erosion of freedom of expression, due process and the right to privacy.

And patients in signatory countries may experience a dramatic increase in the prices of the generic medicines as a result of the deal. “[In Vietnam] medicines are the single largest expense for patients, accounting for 58% of all out-of-pocket costs for healthcare,” Andy Baker, then-country director of Oxfam Vietnam told Southeast Asia Globe in 2014. “Thus, high medicine prices have serious direct impacts upon patients, many of whom have to go without or find themselves and their families forced to make impossible sacrifices to pay for treatment.”

Others, such as US Senator Bernie Sanders have panned the deal, contending that it favours big corporations over ordinary workers. Academic Noam Chomsky rounded on it in an interview with HuffPost Live in January, saying: “It’s designed to carry forward the neoliberal project to maximize profit and domination, and to set the working people in the world in competition with one another so as to lower wages to increase insecurity.”

And as for the much-touted economic benefits for member countries, Adam Hersh, senior economist at the Roosevelt Institute, believes these will not be as large as some claim. “In general, the macro-economic impact is going to be a lot smaller than anticipated,” he told Southeast Asia Globe in November. “It covers 40% of the world’s GDP, but most of those countries already have agreements with one another so the incremental amount of trade opening up is not that big.”

Other countries in the region may join the TPP in the future, with Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Laos expressing an interest in recent months.