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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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Hun Sen fans Trump with flattery and blasts US embassy at Asean summit

By: Johanna Chisholm - Posted on: November 14, 2017 | Cambodia

Hun Sen lauds Trump for being a “most respectful” person, but also criticises the US embassy for interfering with the nation’s internal affairs

Leaders from the Asean Summit, including Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen (third from right) and US President Donald Trump (centre), pose for a family photo in Manila Photo: Manan Vatsyayana/EPA

At a speech for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a warning to US President Donald Trump to call off the US embassy officials in Cambodia for ‘violating’ the US president’s policy of non-intervention.

In recent months, the Cambodian prime minister has been leading a movement to crack down on what he and other government officials deem as US interference in Cambodia’s internal affairs. In September, Hun Sen called on US Peace Corps volunteers to be removed from the country after suggesting that the US was aiding the opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), in conspiring to invoke a ‘colour revolution’.

The US embassy has denied all of these claims.

Hun Sen also took his speech at the Asean summit, which addressed world leaders who were both present and abroad, as a moment to praise President Trump for his “most respectful” person and his remarkable leadership.

“You are a wonderful president for me…We want you to be strong and develop and be independent in your own country, trying your own efforts, for your people,” the Phnom Penh Post quoted the prime minister as saying.

During the 2016 US presidential election, Hun Sen was also quick to throw his support behind the Republican nominee, reasoning that Trump would lead to a better world.

He was quoted as saying that: “Frankly speaking, for me, I really want to see Trump win the election. If Trump wins, the world will be changed and will be better because Trump is a businessman and as a businessman he never wants war.” His support for Trump was something not shared by the CNRP opposition party.



Hun Sen later went on to rebuke Trump’s entities abroad, namely the US embassy in Phnom Penh, saying that it did not align with his policy of keeping out of the affairs of other countries.

“Your policy is being changed but the embassy in Phnom Penh has not changed it yet,” he said.

His critique continued as he went on to address Trump in the public forum by once again asking the US to forgive Cambodia’s 1970s war debt; a debt that the nation accrued during the Lon Nol regime after borrowing approximately $200 million from the US to help feed refugees impacted from the war.

With interest, the debt is now closer to $500 million.

“It is like you get the hammer to hit on us, and we are going to pay for the cost of the hammer,” Hun Sen said.

Despite the lambasting of US interference, Camboda’s leader didn’t refuse the opportunity to take a selfie with President Trump. The two leaders were captured shaking hands yesterday in a photo opp, with the US president beaming back with an enthusiastic thumbs-up.

The Cambodian prime minister was also seen to be getting chummy in photos with other world leaders attending the Asean summit, such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.