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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.

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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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Myanmar military invokes war on terror as Rakhine violence continues

By: Nathan Paul Southern - Posted on: August 28, 2017 | Current Affairs

The Myanmar military has been accused of indiscriminately targeting civilian in its newly announced war “against terrorism” after coordinated attacks on police posts

Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech during a ceremony for the National Health Plan (2017-2021) at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 31 March 2017. Photo: EPA/Hein Htet

Over one hundred Rohingya militants and civilians have been killed in response to Friday’s coordinated attacks on 30 police posts and an army base in Rakhine State, the office of state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has announced. Reports from activists, rights groups and local residents suggest that the number of deaths could be closer to 800.

According to the government of Myanmar, 104 people, including 12 members of the security forces, were killed since the coordinated attacks, which Suu Kyi described as “a calculated attempt to undermine the efforts of those seeking to build peace and harmony in Rakhine state” in a statement released on Friday.

Suu Kyi’s government claims the military’s recent crackdown has been a proportionate response to the rising threat of Islamic terror in Rakhine State, and members of the military have been quick to emphasise the difficulty in distinguishing between combatants and civilians in what they have described as a new war “against terrorism”.

The state counsellor’s office has also ordered the country’s media to use the term ‘terrorist’ rather than ‘insurgent’ to describe Rohingya militants, a move that reaffirms the widely held belief that the former Nobel Peace Prize winner is unlikely to take any public stance against the military’s actions in the country’s troubled northwest.

“All the villagers become insurgents, what they’re doing is like a revolution,” an army official based in Rakhine told the Straits Times. “They don’t care if they die or not. We can’t tell who among them are insurgents.”

However, a number of reports, supported by pictures and videos posted online, contradict the government’s narrative and suggest the military has indiscriminately attacked innocent civilians.

A Bangladeshi official told Matthew Smith, CEO of the human rights group Fortify Rights, on Sunday that Myanmar troops had opened fire on fleeing Rohingya civilians – groups mainly comprised women and children.

In addition to significant fatalities, the recent conflict has also driven between 5,000 and 10,000 people from their home, according to Ro Nay San Lwin, a Rohingya activist based in Europe, who said mosques and madrasas had been burned to the ground, and the civilian population left without aid or assistance.

“There has been no help from the government, instead people’s homes have been destroyed and their goods looted,” he told Al Jazeera. “Without food, shelter and protection, they don’t know when we’ll be killed.”

Suu Kyi’s handling of the Rohingya crisis has been met with fierce criticism from the international community, which once lauded her as a valiant defender of human rights. Her defenders say that any effort to stand up for the Rohingyas, a widely reviled minority in Myanmar, would be political suicide.

In an interview with the BBC in April, the country’s de facto leader said that “ethnic cleansing is too strong an expression to use for what is happening”. On Monday, Suu Kyi accused international aid workers of helping “terrorists”, comments that Human Rights Watch said lacked evidence and were “profoundly irresponsible”.

Since the violence erupted once again this weekend, thousands of Rohingya have attempted to find refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh, though there are fears that many of the 2,000 who have crossed the border since Friday will be forcibly returned, with reports claiming that 90 Rohingya have already been made to do so.