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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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Thai cadet / Mysterious death of Thai cadet continues to fuel allegations of army cover-up

By: Madeleine Keck - Posted on: December 11, 2017 | Current Affairs

The cadet’s body was returned to his family with organs missing, triggering suspicions that the army was attempting to cover-up his real death

Thai Royal military personnel take part in the royal cremation ceremony for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej outside the Royal Palace in Bangkok, Thailand on 26 October 2017 Photo: Diego Azubel/EPA

The body of the Thai army cadet, whose mysterious death has consumed the nation for the past two months, showed signs that were consistent with being physically assaulted, his family announced on Sunday.

The results of a second independent autopsy, commissioned by the family of the deceased 18-year-old Pakapong Tanyakan, were revealed to the press this past weekend ahead of the young cadet’s long awaited funeral.

Supicha Tanyakan, the sister of Tanyakan, told AFP on Sunday that the second autopsy conducted by the Central Institute of Forensic Science confirmed that he was, as the family first thought, physically assaulted.

In the interview, she went on to say that the report found “internal bruising” and that the four broken ribs were not the result of the boy receiving CPR, a theory that was originally suggested in the military-run hospital autopsy.

The confirmation of the new findings adds to an increasing pressure that the country’s military is facing to reveal what actually happened to the first-year cadet. It also supports the family’s suspicions that Tanyakan may have actually died on 17 October after receiving hazing punishments from senior students at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School.

In a post on her Facebook page, Supicha said that investigations will continue into her brother’s death and that additional results will be used for filing lawsuits against those involved.

“We will fight until the end and the autopsy results will be used in the court fight,” she said in the statement.

Chawarat Marungruang, the chairman of a fact-finding agency of the Supreme Command, said he plans to invite representatives of the Central Institute of Forensic Science to testify about the autopsy results and plans to also assess the validity of the information that Pakapong’s parents have received.

“If possible, we want to invite Pakapong’s parents for questioning on how they received information [about the cadet’s death] and if anyone has given them distorted information,” Marungruang said, according to the Bangkok Post.

The agency explained that the next stage of the autopsy is expected to revolve around the inspection of the internal organs that were finally given back to the family after initially being removed and withheld in the first autopsy.

The results of the fact-finding enquiry will be based on the interviews of 40 witnesses, which will include testimonies from teachers and students who attended the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School with Pakapong. These results will be revealed to the Supreme Commander General Tharnchaiyan Srisuwan on 14 December.

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