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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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Philippines deploys tanks and helicopters in attempt to reclaim southern city

By: Euan Black - Posted on: May 25, 2017 | Current Affairs

After declaring martial law on Mindanao Island, authorities have intensified their battle to recover control of the southern city of Marawi from a band of Islamic State-affiliated gunmen

Wounded Filipino soldiers are carried onto a military helicopter following reports of fresh clashes between government troops and rebels in Marawi City, Mindanao Island, southern Philippines, 25 May 2017. Photo: EPA/Linus G. Escandor II

Fighting in the southern city of Marawi has severely escalated, with authorities sending in helicopters and tanks while bombing residential areas in an attempt to wrest back control of the city from the Maute group, a militia that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS).

The conflict began on Tuesday after security forces raided a house where they believed Isnilon Hapilon, a leader of the Abu Sayyaf militant group with a $5 million US bounty on his head, was hiding.

Not only did the raid fail to capture Hapilon, it was repelled by dozens of gunmen who proceeded to rampage across the city, burning homes and public buildings and helping more than 100 inmates escape from two local prisons.

Authorities have struggled to quash the insurgency as militants have resorted to guerrilla warfare tactics to avoid detection, AFP reported earlier today.

While most of Marawi’s residents had already fled the city, local military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jo-Ar Herrera urged remaining civilians to find refuge as the military launched “surgical airstrikes”.

“We are requesting our people in Marawi to go to safe places… and to stay indoors,” he told reporters.

Authorities say five soldiers, two policeman and 13 militants have died over the course of three days. In response to the violence, President Rodrigo Duterte returned from a trip to Russia and declared martial law on the island of Mindanao on Tuesday.

Yesterday, he mooted the possibility of expanding his declaration “throughout the nation” to combat the rise of IS, a move which has raised fears of an increase in vigilante violence and state-sponsored human rights abuses, as witnessed repeatedly during his ongoing war on drugs.

“If I think that the ISIS has already taken foothold also in Luzon and terrorism is not really far behind, I might declare martial law throughout the country to protect the people,” he said at a press conference in Manila yesterday. “It is our constitutional duty to enforce the law and provide security.”

The country’s southern territories have been plagued by sectarian violence for decades.

In 1986, President Corazon Aquino established the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in an attempt to appease the Muslim separatist movement, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), who had violently fought for the creation of an independent Filipino-Muslim nation. But his actions failed to quell the violence, with the region today still defined by instability and conflict.