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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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Southeast Asia / 2018 quiz of the year

Posted on: January 2, 2019 | Current Affairs

2018 was an eventful year for Southeast Asia, with three elections, a dramatic rescue that caught the world’s attention and an historic summit in Singapore. But how much of it do you remember? Test your knowledge with our quiz of 2018

1. A huge Twitter storm erupted in April this year when Malaysian-born contestant Zaleha Kadir Olpin was eliminated from the UK television show Masterchef for her chicken rendang dish. Malaysians were angry with judge Greg Wallace’s criticism of the dish, but what did he say was wrong with the rendang?

A close up view of Malaysia's traditional dish chicken rendang in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Photo: Fazry Ismail / EFE-EPA
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Not crispy. The debacle united Malaysians in their defense of the contestant and her chicken rendang, and even Mahathir Mohamad, who would later be elected prime minister, weighed in with a comment to Wallace: “Maybe you are confusing rendang chicken with KFC,” Mahathir posted on his twitter account.

2. The Trump-Kim Summit that was held in Singapore in June was the …

US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) shake hands at the start of a historic summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island, Singapore Photo: Kevin Lim / EPA-EFE
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First-ever meeting between the leaders of the two countries. With previous discussions of defusing tensions and nuclear disarmament, they signed a “comprehensive” document promising a new relationship between the nations.

3. Malaysia voted for historic change this year when Mahathir Mohamad claimed victory at the general election, ousting Najib Razak and the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. Including its predecessor, BN was one of the world’s longest serving governments before its toppling this year, but how long did BN hold power for?

Malaysian Prime Minister and National Front coalition (Barisan Nasional) President Najib Razak reacts during an event ahead of upcoming 14th general elections at Kuala Lumpur Photo: Fazry Ismail / EPA-EFE
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61 years. The coalition first gained power in 1957, initially under the name the Alliance Party, before being renamed Barisan Nasional in 1973.

4. This year the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) swept to overwhelming victory in the general election after a controversial buildup that saw main opposition party the Cambodia National Rescue Party dissolved. The CPP won all 125 seats, but what percentage of the votes did second place party FUNCINPEC win?

Cambodian National Election Committee officials count ballots at a polling station in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 29 July 2018 Photo: Mak Remissa / EPA-EFE
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5.9%. Cambodia’s long-standing Prime Minister Hun Sen maintained that the election was free and fair: “You have truly chosen the path of democracy,” he stated in a message to Cambodians after the victory became apparent.

5. In July, a dam collapse in southern Laos killed at least 43 people, although that number is thought to be a lot higher. The story made news around the world as it shed light on the country’s obsessive dam building, but what was the name of the company responsible for the dam that collapsed?

A Laotian villager is helped by rescue workers to evacuate from a flooded area caused by a dam collapse at a village in Sanamxai, Attapeu province, Laos, 27 July 2018 Photo: ABC Laos News / EPA-EFE
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Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Power Company. Construction on the dam by Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Power Company began in 2013, and was nearly completed before the fatal collapse. Investigations into the cause of the incident have stalled, and it seems unlikely that the truth will be brought to light any time soon.

6. 2018 has seen an intense spotlight shined on Myanmar and its treatment of the Rohingya, a minority ethnic group long persecuted in the country. Earlier this year, an English football team jumped under that spotlight when it announced its plans for a post-season tour in the country, drawing international criticism. But which team was it?

Aung San Suu Kyi has been criticised for not condemning violence against the Rohingya Photo: Hein Htet / EPA-EFE
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Leeds United. The club’s Italian businessman owner Andrea Radizzani defended the decision, saying in an interview with the Guardian, “This was a carefully considered decision and we knew it would be controversial but this is about people not governments. It has never been my intention, nor that of the club, to get involved in a political debate in Myanmar.”

7. Syrian Hassan al-Kontar made headlines this year for his seemingly interminable stay in Terminal 2 of Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The refugee found himself stranded there with no passport, no visa and nowhere to go. His stay in the airport amounted to 208 days before he managed to get asylum in Canada, but which A-list celebrity did he say he felt would understand his difficult situation?

Hassan Al Kontar in Kuala Lumpur International Airport
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Tom Hanks. Hanks starred in the movie The Terminal, which is about a man from the fictitious state of Krakozhia who gets stranded in New York Airport when war breaks out in his country. Hassan, who watched the film many times while living in the airport, said, “Tom Hanks knows what it’s like.”

8. Crazy Rich Asians made a splash when it hit the big screens this year, but who is the author of the book that the film is based on?

Cast of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA Photo: Eugene Garcia/EPA-EFE
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Kevin Kwan. The Singaporean-American author is best known for Crazy Rich Asian, China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems. Crazy Rich Asians was adapted into a movie in 2018 and had a glowing opening weekend haul of $25 million.

9. This year the world was captivated by the story of the “Thai cave boys”, which saw the daring rescue of 12 young footballers and their coach who became trapped in a cave after it flooded. How many days were they stuck for?

The missing 13 young members of a youth football team including their coach, moments after they were found inside the cave complex at Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, Chiang Rai province, Thailand Photo: Royal Thai Army Handout / EPA-EFE
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18. While the Thai Navy SEALs were responsible for pulling out the boys from the cave, this operation saw experts and volunteers from the UK, Belgium, Australia, Scandinavia, the US Air force rescue specialists as well as a response from entrepreneur Elon Musk.

10. The two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, have been imprisoned since December 2017. In september, they were sentenced to seven years in prison. Under what Act were they charged?

Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo gesture as they prepare to leave the Insein township court in Yangon, Myanmar Photo: Lynn Bo Bo / EPA-EFE
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Official Secrets Act. It’s a law that dates back to 1923 when Myanmar (then known as Burma) was under British rule. The two journalists were found guilty under Section 3.1(c) of the act which covers obtaining secret official documentation that “might be or is intended to be, directly or indirectly, useful to an enemy”. Both journalists maintain they are innocent.

11. Thai billionaire and English football club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died in a helicopter accident in October. Which club was he the owner of?

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha greets fans and members of the press in a traditional Thai way in Bangkok Photo: Diego Azubel / EPA
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Leicester City. After Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha took control of the club, Leicester became one of the league's teams to watch and even went on to become Premier League Champions in the 2015/16 season.

12. Nguyen Phu Trong was named as Vietnam’s new president in October after the death of Tran Dai Quang. This means that Trong now holds two of the “four pillars” of power in Vietnam. Which other position does he hold?

Nguyen Phu Trong was named as Vietnam's president in October 2018
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General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam. Nguyen Phu Trong is both president and general secretary, Nguyễn Xuân Phuc is prime minister and Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan is national assembly chair.

13. A British man travelling around Southeast Asia became the first person in the world to contract a super-resistant strain of a sexually transmitted disease. What was the disease?

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Super gonorrhoea. Doctors eventually cured the man’s disease using an antibiotic called ertapanem.

14. “I think we will dig through this hole, but it will take a few years” - Mark Zuckerberg. What was the Facebook CEO talking about?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies in April before a US Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committee Photo: Shawn Thew / EPA-EFE
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Hate speech in Myanmar. More than 1000 examples of posts, comments and pornographic images attacking the Rohingya and other Muslims in Myanmar have been found on Facebook.

15. Two world-famous beaches in Southeast Asia were closed off this year for environmental reasons. Which ones?

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Boracay, Philippines & Koh Phi Phi, Thailand. Both countries consecutively closed off the islands earlier this year with Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte calling Boracay a “cesspool.”

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