The Globe as you know it is changing.
Coming June 2019

  • More thought-provoking stories that inspire
  • Independent, free and member-supported
  • Vote for, pitch and commission stories
  • Member engagement with our journalists

To understand more about why you are so important to our member-supported initiative, we encourage you to read the following from our managing editor ~ Read more

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.

If you’re interested in joining us, sign up to our newsletter, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter. And watch this space.

Jerusalem / Thousands of Indonesians and Malaysians erupt in protests over US recognition of Jerusalem

By: Johanna Chisholm - Posted on: December 11, 2017 | Current Affairs

Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel drew thousands to rally in front of the US embassy in both Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur

Protesters burn an effigy of US president Donald Trump during a rally held in response to Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel, in front of the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur Photo: Fazry Ismail/EPA

Thousands more people have joined protests taking place in cities across Southeast Asia over the past weekend, gathering to voice their strong condemnation of US President Donald Trump’s recent decision to formally recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Breaking with decades of US foreign policy with Israel, Trump’s announcement on Wednesday marked a controversial shift that would see the US not only accepting Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, but would also see the US moving their embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

The protests in Indonesia, the Wall Street Journal reported, attracted more than 5,000 people to gather in front of the US embassy in the capital city of Jakarta.

And on Friday, Today Online reported that there were approximately 1,000 people who took part in a demonstration that began after Friday prayers and had the participants march from the nearby mosque to the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur. At this particular demonstration, protesters were described by the Jerusalem Post as chanting anti-US slogans while also burning an effigy of the US president.

The Muslim world outside of Southeast Asia has also erupted in large protests against the US president’s pronouncement, with large demonstrations being witnessed throughout the weekend in Muslim-majority countries like Turkey, Morocco, Egypt and Lebanon.

In Rabat, the capital of Morocco, there was a protest that was reported to have rallied tens of thousands of participants, Channel News Asia reported.

Indonesian Muslim activists hold pro-Palestinian placards during a protest against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel, outside of the US embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, 10 December 2017 Photo: Adi Weda/EPA

This marked break with US foreign policy has drawn criticism from the international community, including both Muslim and non-Muslim communities. The general consensus from these groups has noted that this recent shift has the potential to destabilise the path for peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, both of whom lay claim to Jerusalem as their respective capitals.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said during an interview with CNN that the move might actually “compromise” the US’s involvement in finding a peaceful agreement between the two.

Israel has long contended that the entire holy city is their rightful capital; while the Palestinian Territories continue to hold out hope that East Jerusalem will one day be named the capital of their independent state.

The US has, until now, only recognised Tel Aviv as the country’s capital, which is where the current US embassy is located.

Two of the more heated reactions within Southeast Asia came, not surprisingly, from regions with some of the area’s largest Muslim populations.

Indonesia is the country with the largest population of Muslim people in the world. And with Palestine also being one of the first countries to recognise the Muslim-majority country’s independence in 1945, it has led them to become a natural sympathiser for the Palestinian cause.

Within Malaysia, another Muslim-majority Southeast Asian nation, premier Najib Razak made the decision to postpone a meeting with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong set for next week after being called to attend an emergency meeting with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The OIC meeting will take place in Turkey on 13 December after the country’s president, Recept Tayyip Erdogan, summoned leaders from across the Muslim world to discuss the US decision to name Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

In a press conference, Najib revealed that the Turkish president was keen to have Malaysia’s voice heard in the OIC meetings.

“I have the annual consultation with the Singapore Prime Minister, and called Lee Hsien Loong to ask for his understanding as this affects not only my faith as a Muslim but the faith of all Muslims,” the premier said, as was first reported by the New Straits Times.

Muslim leaders from the Arab League, a regional organisation of Arabic-speaking countries, called on Washington to withdraw their country’s decision on Saturday.