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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.

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The Region Today: Turks nabbed in Malaysia, Xi rings Duterte and Islamic State worries in Thailand

By: Euan Black - Posted on: May 4, 2017 | Current Affairs

Southeast Asia Globe’s daily rundown of the region’s top stories

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) speaks to his Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a welcoming ceremony at Prime Minister's office in Putrajaya, Malaysia, 10 January 2014. Photo: EPA/Ahmad Yusni
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) speaks to his Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a welcoming ceremony at Prime Minister’s office in Putrajaya, Malaysia, 10 January 2014. Photo: EPA/Ahmad Yusni

4 May 2017

Arrest of Turks in Malaysia has rights activists worried

Malaysian authorities have arrested two Turkish men for “activities that threaten the safety of Malaysia” under a section of the penal code that covers terrorism and organised crime.

Rights groups are concerned that the men will be deported to Turkey, where they will likely “face torture in detention, and if charged with crimes there, be subjected to a trial that will fall far short of fair-trial standards”, according to Phil Robertson, Human Rights Watch’s deputy Asia director.  

Both men reportedly worked for an international school, but it has not yet been confirmed whether or not their arrests were linked to a campaign by Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to arrest followers of Fethullah Gülen, an exiled preacher blamed for a failed coup attempt last year. [The Guardian]

Related reading from Southeast Asia Globe: Classroom or cult? Turkey’s campaign against Fethullah Gülen

China’s president follows in Trump’s footsteps, calls Duterte

After US President Trump’s “very friendly” conversation with President Duterte on Saturday, it was Chinese President Xi Jinping’s turn to call the authoritarian Philippines leader yesterday – the latest in a series of efforts to woo the longtime American ally and ease tensions in the South China Sea.

Both Trump and Xi said their conversations revolved around the risks posed by North Korea.

Since Duterte took office in June, he has continually threatened to cut ties with the US, cancelling joint military operations between the two nations and repeatedly bemoaning Western “hypocrisy”. [The New York Times]

Related reading from Southeast Asia Globe: Cambodia caught between China and US amid superpower showdown

Thailand on high alert as Islamic State suspect enters troubled south

Muhammad Muzaffa Arieff Junaidi, a Malaysian believed to have been running an Islamic State-affiliated terrorist cell, has fled to Thailand’s deep south, according to Khalid Abu Bakar, inspector-general of Malaysia’s police force.

“He managed to escape to southern Thailand with an M4 Carbine rifle and a pistol on March 22,” Bakar said.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, told Thai authorities to be on high alert and warned the media not to play up the issue. [The Nation]

Related reading from Southeast Asia Globe: Is there any hope for peace in Thailand’s troubled south?

Singapore moves closer to realising AI capabilities with $107m boost

Singapore’s ambitions to become the frontrunners of all things tech has received a welcome boost with the National Research Foundation (NRF) announcing that it will invest up to $107m (SGD150m) into Singapore’s artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities over the next five years.

“[The initiative] will do three key things – first, address major challenges that affect both society and industry. Secondly, invest in deep capabilities to catch the next wave of scientific innovation. And finally, to grow AI innovation and adoption in companies – an initiative most pertinent to our business community,” explained minister for communications and information Yaacob Ibrahim.

Earlier this year, the US-based Startup Genome Project pronounced Singapore the world’s best location for generating global startup talent. [Channel News Asia]

Related reading from Southeast Asia Globe: How Singapore is becoming a world leader in fintech

Singapore celebrates Star Wars Day with three days of events

Singapore sets off three days of festivities celebrating the iconic Star Wars film franchise today with an event held at the tourist draw Gardens by the Bay. The park’s vertical gardens, which stand as high as 50 metres, will be transformed into giant lightsabers – the glowing, sword-like weapon brandished by the movie’s lead characters..

The event marks the beginning of a three-year partnership between the Singapore Tourism Board and Walt Disney, in which the city-state will celebrate the Marvel franchise in 2018 and Walt Disney’s most popular animated films in 2019 [The Straits Times]

Related reading from Southeast Asia Globe: Pencil politics: comic artist Sonny Liew redraws Singapore’s narrative