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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.

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Rakhine state / Military crackdown leaves Myanmar villagers dangerously low on food

By: Agence France-Presse - Posted on: May 8, 2019 | Current Affairs

Villagers in Myanmar’s conflict-hit Rakhine state have said they are facing food shortages after being hemmed in for nearly a week by the military, which killed six people and continues to detain scores more in a crackdown against suspected rebels

Residents carrying a body of an ethnic Rakhine woman for burial in Rathedaung township after fresh fighting in Rakhine state between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army Photo: AFP

Thousands of troops have been redeployed to Rakhine state where they are using heavy artillery against the Arakan Army (AA).

The insurgents are fighting for more autonomy for ethnic Rakhine Buddhists in violence that has forced more than 30,000 people from their homes since December.

It is the latest unrest in an area riven by complex ethnic and religious divisions in the Buddhist-majority country.

The same northern part of the state also witnessed the military’s bloody expulsion of some 740,000 Rohingya Muslims in 2017, a campaign UN investigators said amounted to genocide.

Last Tuesday security forces stormed Kyauk Tan village in Rathedaung township, separating out 275 men for interrogation in the local school.

Troops admitted killing six detainees two days later and injuring eight more, claiming the men tried to attack and disarm them.

The village has been completely sealed off since the raid and several residents told AFP by phone on Monday that food supplies were dangerously low.

Those without any land are “really struggling”, one woman told AFP by phone, asking not to be named, adding villagers were pooling their meagre supplies.

Another man confirmed the shortages under the army’s “bullying” tactics and called for the international community’s help.

Rakhine state lawmaker Tin Maung Win told AFP he was “very worried” about the villagers’ plight.

He planned to visit the village Tuesday but was unsure security forces would allow him to enter after they turned him away last week.

Military spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun denied people were unable to leave.

“People can move around freely,” he said, adding it was possible others could not enter.

Access to the north of Rakhine state is heavily restricted, making independent verification difficult.

Zaw Min Tun confirmed 48 more detainees were released Monday, which would leave around 80 still held at the school.

“They warned us there would be harsh repercussions if we travelled to other villages,” said Than Han Than, 22, one of the newly-released.

Than May Khin’s husband, Khin Maung Htay, was one of the men shot dead last week.

“I cannot forgive his killing,” the 38-year-old widow said.

Their son – one of four – left just before the army operation and did not yet know of his father’s death, she added.

The killings followed the deaths in April of three other ethnic Rakhine men in army custody.

Rights groups have condemned the military’s “total impunity”.