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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.

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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.

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Rohingya crisis / Myanmar and Bangladesh reach agreement over repatriation

By: Lily Hess - Posted on: October 31, 2018 | Current Affairs

The first wave of Rohingya refugee repatriations to Myanmar is expected to begin in mid-November, despite UN concerns 

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A Rohingya refugee mother carries her baby while protecting themselves with an umbrella bearing the logos of several European aid organizations as they walk on a road along a makeshift camp in Kutubpalang, Cox Bazar district, Bangladesh Photo: EPA-EFE/MONIRUL ALAM

The two governments reached the agreement on Tuesday after representatives met for the third time in Dhaka the day before, almost a week after the UN issued a report outlining continued atrocities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

U Aung Kyaw Zan, Myanmar’s deputy permanent secretary of Foreign Affairs, said Myanmar would only repatriate verified refugees. The government has verified more than 5,000 of the over 8,000 names submitted by the Bangladeshi government for verification.

Myint Thu, a senior foreign ministry official who led the Myanmar delegation, hailed the talks as a concrete result towards beginning repatriation. “We have put in place a number of measures to make sure that the returnees will have a secure environment for their return,” he announced to reporters after the meeting in Dhaka.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) warned Tuesday that the conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine state are not yet suitable for the refugees to return.

“It is critical that returns are not rushed or premature. We would advise against imposing any timetables or target figures for repatriation.” Reuters reported Andrej Mahecic, the spokesman for the UN High Commission for Refugees, as saying. Mahecic added that such returns must be voluntary.

Many Rohingya refugees fear they will face danger if they return to Myanmar, with some leaders of the Rohingya community saying they will not return without the Myanmar government agreeing to several demands, such as the right of Myanmar citizenship.

Mohib Ullah, a Rohingya leader who now lives in southeast Bangladesh told Reuters: “We have some demands but the government of Myanmar didn’t do anything to meet them. How can we go back? What about our citizenships, or rights and our demand to go back to our land…our own houses?

A UNHCR report released last Wednesday details how the Myanmar security forces – known as the Tatmadaw – are still committing atrocities against the Rohingya. The 444-page report called for the issue to be taken to the International Criminal Court in The Hague to establish an international tribunal to prosecute Myanmar’s army general Min Aung Hlaing and five other generals for genocide and crimes against humanity.

The military continues to deny these claims, while the country’s civilian leader, Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, has been largely silent on the issue.

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed the Arrangement on the Return of Displaced Persons from Rakhine State in November 2017, although little progress had been made.

In August 2017, Rohingya insurgent attacks on the Myanmar security forces triggered a massive crackdown against the ethnic group, which resulted in over 700,000 Rohingyas fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh. The long-persecuted Rohingya are a Muslim, state-less minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar.