Editorial

A new beginning.

The Globe may be changing, but our mission remains the same. This week we’re looking at how Cambodia’s women with disabilities remain at risk, why hydropower dams are fuelling climate change, the lasting legacy of Thaksin Shinawatra’s deadly drug war and more.

Paul Millar
June 3, 2019

THE GLOBE MAY BE CHANGING, but our mission remains the same.

We believe that across the world is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action, open government and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality.

But we can’t do it without you.

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 a part of the story. Learn how you can be a part of that story here.

For the first week of our new site, we’ll be returning to where we first started more than a decade ago – Cambodia.

There’s been enough ink spilled about the growing Chinese presence in the coastal city of Sihanoukville to clog up a deepwater port. But although local communities have long rankled against foreign investment that they believe serves only the Kingdom’s wealthy elite, it can be hard to look past the glitzy casinos and into the shadow world of unregulated gambling lurking beyond the neon lights. Our business reporter Robin Spiess breaks down the reasons why the government has so far failed to pass the tax laws it needs to make that money work for the Cambodian people.

Elsewhere in the Kingdom Thomas Brent and Kong Meta delve into how poverty, gender and disability are leaving women with disabilities at serious risk of abuse – and brings you face to face with the people fighting for dignity in the face of deep-rooted discrimination.

We’ll also be looking at how hydropower dams are driving climate change as well as diving into our print archive to publish – online for the first time – a harrowing account of the Thai men, women and children who lost their families to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s ruthless war on drugs years before Duterte launched his own crusade in the Philippines.

Throughout the weeks to come, we’re going to be bringing you daily longform features on the vital issues facing Southeast Asia. Our mission is to bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it.

And we’re asking you to be a part of it.



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