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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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Breaking news / Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolves main opposition party

By: Johanna Chisholm - Posted on: November 16, 2017 | Cambodia

The Supreme Court of Cambodia has ruled to dissolve the country’s main opposition, all but guaranteeing the ruling party’s victory in next year’s national elections

Cambodian police officers stand guard at the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 16 November 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE/Mak Remissa

The Supreme Court of Cambodia has ruled in favour of dissolving the country’s main opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), after it was found guilty in a government-filed lawsuit of conspiring to stage a revolution through the aid of foreign parties.

The ruling will effectively dismantle the CNRP and also see 118 party members banned from politics for five years. All of the seats that the CNRP gained in the 2017 commune elections and the 2013 general election will be turned over to the CPP. National Assembly seats, however, will be distributed amongst minor opposition parties.

The complaint that ultimately brought down the CNRP was lodged last month by the Ministry of the Interior. It claimed that the party’s leader, Kem Sokha, had colluded with the US in the hope of overthrowing the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).

Prime Minister Hun Sen has been leading the CPP in Cambodia for nearly 33 years, and many experts see his government’s dismantling of the opposition CNRP – a party that nearly dethroned the ruling party in the 2013 general election – as an attempt to corner the competition and guarantee the CPP the July 2018 national election.

In the morning session of the hearing, Ministry of Interior lawyers presented more than 20 pieces of evidence against the opposition, who had no legal representatives present during the hearing.

Opposition leader Kem Sokha is currently being held in a jail close to the Vietnam border on charges of treason, while former CNRP leader Sam Rainsy has been living in exile in Paris since 2015 after escaping a jail term for alleged defamation.

Evidence against the CNRP at the trial included audio recordings, videos of the two former leaders and clippings from media reports.

Journalists from the Phnom Penh Post who were present for the morning trial reported that interior minister Ky Tech accused the opposition party of being instigators of a revolution like the kind seen in Yugoslavia or Tunisia.

The lawyers screened videos of Sokha that documented him admitting to having received assistance from the US in planning his political career and also played audio recordings from Radio Free Asia that they said proved there was a link between the US and the opposition in planning a colour revolution.

One of the clinching moments from the morning’s trial came when one of the court prosecutors said that the CNRP had been soundly proven to be functioning illegally for the past 20 years – even though the CNRP only came into existence in July 2012 when the Sam Rainsy Party and the Human Rights Party joined forces.

On Wednesday, Rainsy made an announcement that he would be returning to the CNRP, a party he quit in February over fears at the time that it would be dissolved if he remained a member of it.

Reuters reported on Wednesday that the former leader of the CNRP reasoned that since the party would be dissolved with or without his membership, it didn’t much matter if he returned.

Rainsy has not commented on whether his commitment to return still holds after today’s ruling proved his prediction to be true.

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