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

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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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Rohingya crisis / Myanmar and UN reach agreement on refugee repatriation process

Posted on: June 6, 2018 | Current Affairs

Myanmar signed an agreement on Wednesday with United Nations agencies to help kickstart a voluntary repatriation process for some of the 700,000 Rohingya refugees who now reside in temporary camps in Bangladesh

Two Rohingya boys pose for a photograph at the site of the newly extended refugee camps at Kutupalong in UKhiya, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh Photo: Abir Abdullah / EPA-EFE

The Rohingya were forced to flee the country after a brutal army crackdown in August last year that has been described by the UN as an “ethnic cleansing”. The UN has stressed that the process of repatriation for the predominantly Muslim refugees, as outlined in the recent agreement, must be “voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable”.

The agreement was signed by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Development Programme, and the government of Myanmar.

While the full text of the agreement has not yet been made public, UN agencies say they will now have access to Rakhine State for the first time since mid-2017. The UN’s refugee agencies are expected to assess the landscape in Myanmar and report back to refugees about the status of their hometowns and potential new settlements in the country, according to Associated Press.

Talks of repatriation for the refugees have been in the works for months, with Myanmar and Bangladesh agreeing to begin repatriation of Rohingya in November last year, but little progress has actually been made. The refugees still fear their lives will be in danger if they return, while Myanmar has in the past demanded that Rohingya provide identity documents – which few have in their possession – in order to reenter the country.

While conditions are not yet stable enough for refugees to return, this could be an important first step toward seeing the displaced Rohingya settle into permanent homes once more, according to Knut Osby, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar.

“This task should not be underestimated,” he told Associated Press. “We are talking about approximately 700,000 people who don’t only have to return, but the conditions have to be right for them to return… in terms of their identity in society, in terms of their safety and also in terms of services, livelihoods, a place to live, infrastructure.”

The agreement comes at a difficult time for the Rohingya, who are staring down the barrel of Bangladesh’s upcoming monsoon season. The UN migration agency estimates that around 200,000 refugees will be in “serious danger from landslides and flooding” when the season gets underway.