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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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How Southeast Asia’s authoritarian leaders could benefit from a Trump presidency

By: Logan Connor - Posted on: November 11, 2016 | Current Affairs

While the election of Donald Trump as the next US president has been met with shock, some authoritarian governments in the region could gain from a thinned US presence

Asean leaders participate in the cake cutting ceremony at the Asean - China Summits at the National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos, 07 September 2016.
Asean leaders participate in the cake cutting ceremony at the Asean – China Summits at the National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos, 07 September 2016. Photo: EPA/MAST IRHAM

Following the election of businessman and reality television star Donald Trump as the next US president, leaders within Southeast Asia could see an easier path to authoritarian rule, experts say.

The US has, controversially, often played the role of watchdog in Southeast Asia when it comes to human rights, criticising leaders such as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for their use of heavy-handed policies and populist rhetoric.

Washington’s finger-wagging has sometimes been met with scepticism, but now the practice of the US acting as a stabilising figure in the region has been cast into doubt by the election of Trump, who advocated for an isolationist foreign policy throughout his presidential campaign.

“The clearest beneficiaries from a Trump presidency may well be rights abusing leaders in Asia,” said Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division, “ranging from Cambodian and Malaysian Prime Ministers Hun Sen and Najib Razak, to Philippine President Duterte, and even North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, who have all expressed their support because they think Donald Trump will toss out the practice of making human rights concerns a core element of US foreign policy.”

Already, Duterte, who has drawn flak from western leaders for his war on drugs that has claimed more than 3,000 lives, has congratulated Trump and offered to help heal the strained relationship between Manila and Washington.

“I would like to congratulate Mr Donald Trump. Long live,” Duterte said in a speech this week to the Filipino community in Kuala Lumpur during a visit to Malaysia, according to Reuters. “We are both making curses. Even with trivial matters we curse. I was supposed to stop because Trump is there. I don’t want to quarrel any more, because Trump has won.”

Tim Johnston, Asia Programme Director at International Crisis Group, said that Trump’s election has cast into doubt the US’ championing of democracy within Southeast Asia. This, Johnston said, could embolden China’s push for regional hegemony.

“It looks like a sickness at the heart of the Western democratic experiment,” Johnston said. “It’s not so much that China has gotten stronger, but America has gotten relatively weaker as a paradigm, an exemplar of how to run a country.

“A lot of Asian governments are struggling because their legitimacy is tied to their economic performance,” he continued. “And so they’re becoming more authoritarian anyway.

“[A]mericas’s attempts to say: ‘Follow us, we know what we’re doing, come down the democratic road,’ are going to be infinitely weaker.”

The anti-establishment, populist ideals at the centre of Trump’s campaign could perhaps clear the way not just for authoritarian governments, but also for disenfranchised segments of the population, according to Moe Thuzar, a fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

“I think Trump’s electoral victory will resonate among the ultra-nationalist sentiments in this region,” she said, “which also tap into existing dissatisfactions over changes in people’s economic and social lives.

“The anti-West, anti-globalisation, anti-immigration groups will pick up Trump’s rhetoric to fit their own agendas.”