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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.

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Trump skirts human rights questions shouted from reporters at Duterte meeting

By: Johanna Chisholm - Posted on: November 13, 2017 | Current Affairs

As reporters were being escorted out of a press briefing in Manila, they began to shout questions at Trump about whether or not he would raise the issue of human rights with Duterte

US President Donald Trump with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte during the Special Gala Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Asean in Manila, Philippines Photo: Athit Perawongmetha/EPA

The much-anticipated meeting between the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump was met with disappointment from the reporters attending a press briefing on Monday as both men tactfully dodged questions concerning human rights violations.

Instead of delving into the topic of the Philippines leader’s alleged human rights violations, President Trump decided to centre the conversation around less contentious topics.

“I’ve enjoyed being here. The weather is always good. Today it’s pretty good. But one thing about the Philippines: eventually it gets good no matter what,” he was quoted as saying in front of a group of reporters in Manila.

Politico reported that following Trump’s remarks the journalists attending the briefing began to shout questions to both men about whether or not there would be any discussion about the host’s violent crackdown on drugs.

“We will be discussing matters that are of interest to both the Philippines and…with you around, guys, you are the spies,” said Duterte in response to the questions.

The Washington Post reported that the US president seemed to enjoy his Filipino counterparts remarks, saying that the two men shared a laugh afterwards.

Duterte, who has been waging a violent war on drugs in his country, has denied the allegations from human rights advocates around the world who estimate that a possible 9,000 people have died at the hands of police officers and others who have taken the justice system into their own hands.

After the reporters had been escorted from the press conference, the White House released an email to Politico that indicated that the topic of human rights violations did come up “briefly” during the closed-door meeting.

The spokesperson for Duterte, however, denied this claim and said that human rights issues did not come up at all.

President Trump’s handling of Duterte’s bloody war breaks with the tradition of his predecessors, as the US has long been an outward and staunch opponent of leaders who embrace violating human rights.

Just last year, when then US President Barack Obama was visiting for the Asean Summit, he made the statement that his country would refuse to engage with leaders, with particular emphasis directed towards Duterte, who are not consistent with the international rule of law and respect for human rights.

“We’re not going to back off on our position that if we’re working with a country, whether it’s on anti-terrorism, whether it’s on going after drug traffickers, as despicable as these networks may be, as much as damage as they do, it is important from our perspective to make sure that we do it the right way,” the former president said during the 2016 Asean Summit.

Trump, however, has taken a much different approach by cozying up to leaders and autocrats with rap sheets that would certainly fall outside of what Obama’s administration deemed acceptable.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Russian President Vladimir Putin are just a few of the leaders who Trump has engaged in diplomatic discussions with since taking office in January.

He also notably avoided discussing human rights abuses earlier in his five-nation Asia trip when he was visiting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.