Dec 5th, 2016

The King’s Birthday

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Above: December 4, 2005 – Placard with an image of the HM The King at the Royal Plaza.

Today is HM The King’s birthday. It is a national holiday considered Father’s Day in Thailand when both the King and all fathers are honored.

From years past:
2004: HM The King’s Birthday Address
2005: HM The King’s Birthday 2005
2009: HM The King’s 82th Birthday
2008: King not giving much-anticipated birthday speech and Trooping of the Colors
2012: Newspaper front pages

From Matichon Weekly, December 4-10, 2009 – Hand in hand

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Weekly News Magazines, November 25-December 2, 2016


From Nation Weekend, November 25, 2016
Main cover reads: The Last Somdej in the era of King Rama IX.

[Refers to Venerable Phra Dhammapitaka (P.A. Payutto) who has recently been appointed as Somdej Buddha Kosajan which is one of Thai Buddhism’s highest ranks, only lower than the Supreme Patriarch. Venerable Phra Dhammapitaka is known as Thailand’s most well-known Buddhist Scholar. He received the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in 1994.]


From Matichon Weekly, November 25-December 1, 2016

[The cover shows King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn. Many photos like this have been shown in the media recently to demonstrate the close association between the late king and his first-born son.]


From Lokwannee, November 26-December 2, 2016
Main cover reads: Society of goo people (who are only good at speaking)

[The cover is a sarcastic comment on current Thai society which alleges that many people always love to speak, but do not take any action. This pro-Thaksin and pro-Red Shirt publication probably is alluding to those who extol civil society and democracy while being content to live under a military dictatorship. Thais illustrate boisterous rhetoric as a spray of saliva and the cover shows a microphone wet with “goo” or saliva.]

From Manager Weekly, November 26-December 2, 2016
Main cover reads: Sathi
At left with the ‘Dislike’ icon: Dhammachayo
At right with ‘Like’ icon: Venerable Phra Dhammapitaka (P.A. Payutto)

[The cover compares two well-known monks. One is Dhammakaya temple abbot Dhammachayo and the other is Nyanavesakavan temple abbot Venerable Phra Dhammapitaka (P.A. Payutto).
Dhammachayo is now facing an arrest warrant from the Department of Special Investigation for charges of money laundering.
On the other hand, Phra Dhammapitaka has recently been appointed Somdej Buddha Kosajan which is one of Buddhism’s highest ranks, only lower than the Supreme Patriarch. He is known as Thailand’s most well-known Buddhist scholar and received the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in 1994.]

Headline on the bottom-left: Shut down Red Shirt’s underground radio station by [yellow] ‘persons from their group’ [white] not [yellow] ‘Big Poom?’

[Refers to the shutdown of a Red Shirt radio station which was broadcasting revolutionary rhetoric into Thailand from Laos. This article examines its recent shutdown and whether it was taken off the air sue to pressure from Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan (whose nickname is Poom). Deputy PM Prawit claimed that he was responsible for getting the station off the air by cooperating with the Lao government.
However, many others speculate that internal pressure from other Red Shirt groups resulted in the station closure. The rationale for this is thought to be domestic Thai politics. This is because the mainstream Red Shirt movement acts on Thaksin’s behalf and Thaksin is working towards renewed influence on politics after the next elections. Thus, there is little desire to have radical Red Shirts broadcasting anti-monarchy rhetoric–especially at this sensitive time. This only plays into the hands of the nationalistic military.]

Headline on the bottom-right: History recorded “Prof. May-Ariya” The best Thai golfer

[Refers to professional golfer Ariya May Jutanugarn. She is a rising star of Thai golfers and the first Thai golfer, male or female, to win a major championship.]

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Eight Years Ago: Airport Seized

High tension in Thailand – November 2008

Airport Seized – Thai-language Newspapers, November 27-28, 2008

“D-Day” newspaper front pages – November 26-27, 2008

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The U.S. is no longer interested


From Manager, November 17, 2016
Trump: What!?… Do you ask me to help you build a wall surrounding Thailand?… Crazy! You think that I have time for that!?
Caption: This great friend… would not have time like before.

[This refers to the perception in Asia that the United States under Trump will be much less interested in cooperating with countries in Asia. This isolationist bent means that Thaksin’s cooperation with the U.S. when he was prime minister and the junta’s apparent desire to build its own border wall in the south with cooperation with the U.S. will likely not lead to any advantages for Thailand in the future.]

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Trouble in the “Original Democracy”


From Naewna, November 14, 2016
Thaksin: Trump, please wait for me and my associates. We will be ready to work with you closely in the next few years.
Left caption: Moaning from hell.
Trump: Ha, ha. Until that day, will you and your fellows may find your way to hell or all be in jail?
Right caption: answer from heaven.

[During his time in power, Thaksin seemed to gain support for his controversial policies by being willing to cooperate with controversial U.S. policies (such as George W. Bush’s foreign wars).
This open siding with the U.S. was unusual for Thailand which, publicly at least, always feigned a disinterested neutrality in foreign policy.
The cartoonist surmises that Thaksin would once again try to solicit U.S. support for his activities with the new president. However, political conditions in Thailand would seem to unfavorable to Thaksin’s return for the foreseeable future.]


From Thairath, November 16, 2016
Title: The hating chair
Mouse: The original democracy
Mouse man: First job

[Thais personify the leading political post for a country–like Thailand’s Prime Ministership–as a chair to be obtained or fought over.
Thais also consider the U.S. as the “original democracy” (even if it is not the actual first one, Thais see it serving as the model of democracy for other countries).
The cartoonist, like much of the world, seems perplexed that Trump could be elected.]

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Weekly News Magazines, November 18-25, 2016


From Nation Weekend, November 11, 2016
Main cover reads: “Thanks to Thai people for your generousness given to me and my family and your support for our activities. I really appreciate it.”

[Refers to Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s statement to Thai people at New Year’s in 1976. This phrase is a part of the Royal Anthem.]


From Matichon Weekly, November 18-24, 2016

[The man cover shows Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn who is expected to ascend the throne on December 1, 2016 and become Thailand’s King Rama X after the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.]


From Manager Weekly, November 19-25, 2016
Main cover reads: Mission on [red] overthrowing Trump

[Around Trump are photos of notable Trump foes Hillary Clinton, George Soros, Barack Obama and Lady Gaga. This cover tries to illustrate that the chaos and massive protests against Trump in the U.S. after the election may be caused by powerful people who strongly oppose the major changes in U.S. policy Trump promises.]

Top right: It’s ‘Sornram’s fever.’ ‘Sai Lo Hid’ returns.
Photos left to right: Sornram Teppitak and Matika Bee Atthakornsiripo in the drama Sai Lo Hid and photos of them in the present day

[Refers to a famous drama ‘Sai Lo Hid’ which was rebroadcast and made Sornram and Matika, main actors in the drama, to become well-known again. This drama aims to encourage people to love the country and be united. It was rebroadcast in remembrance of Thailand’s late King.]


From Lokwannee, November 19-25, 2016
Main cover reads: Leadership? (We’ll Trump as promised.)
Trump: Damn it!
Prayuth: Can you speak politely?

[Refers to an aggressive characteristics of two leaders: U.S.-elected president Donald Trump and Thailand’s PM Prayuth. This cover compares Trump’s brazen personality with PM Prayuth whom is known to be very aggressive when speaking to the media.
The headline uses the word “Trump” as a pun on the Thai word “tum” meaning “doing.” This is a motto of the junta to mean “we’ll do as promise” to return the happiness to the people.]

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The Anti-Monarchy Brats


From Manager, October 31, 2016
Black box: left: Monday’s long cartoon story, by Bancha/Kanin
Title: Naughty boy

[The cartoonist expresses the viewpoint of many who objected to the actions of those who openly wore red shirts after the passing of the King or took the opportunity to criticize the monarchy–particularly online.
Threats to openly oppose the institution have been part of Red Shirt tactics and anti-monarchy sentiment has long been fostered in the movement to pressure the Thai establishment into pardoning Thaksin and letting him return to power.
The heightened sense of nationalism after the passing of the King led to some violent threats and altercations involving those who insulted the monarchy. Some human rights defenders then complained to international institutions that the junta was not letting them have their freedom of speech.
Thais are usually not good at explaining what they value and why they value it, but the cartoonist shows how traditional impulses toward propriety, knowing one’s place, and societal politeness always trump freedom of speech issues in Thailand.]


Suppose… there is a funeral of your respected relative…


Left: People are sad while listening to the monk’s sermon…
Right: Then, a naughty boy… wearing a colorful dress comes to the temple.


Suddenly, he’s starting to insult a person who died


But people… at first ignore it… because they don’t want to destroy the atmosphere. But, the naughty boy is insulting more and more with strong words.


Left: Finally, one of the sons of person whom died can’t be patient…. He throws a glass at him.
Right: Ouch!


Black box: The naughty boy is touching his bleeding head and running from the temple. He insulting along the way.
A naughty boy: So barbarous…. [This is] Conservatism–not liberalism!


Black box: …he comes back home and tell his dad.
Naughty boy: I only used my liberal rights to insult dead people… Those people, on the other hand, used the dictator’s power to bully me.


Left: Dad is listening… he would be on his son’s side… but?
Right: The naughty boy has a good dad.
Dad: What! You did like that?


Dad: Don’t you know an appropriate way to act? It’s good that they only threw a glass at you. If I were their son, I would kill you!!! It’s like parents don’t even teach you not to do that.


Too bad… many naughty boys in this country don’t have good parents like this.

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The next battlefield: Rice farmers


From Thairath, November 8, 2016
Title: Who likes drama… and building a good image.
Left side on the sign held by the soldiers: Helping farmers harvesting
On the soldier’s back: Return happiness [the junta’s motto]
On the rice basket: Reduced rice prices
On rice bags: Plant and mill by themselves; Sell, by themselves
Phi Nooring: Buying the rice to help farmers
Mouse: [Yingluck] Sincerely helps the farmers

[The cartoonist contends the army’s efforts to show they are helping rice farmers is merely a PR stunt. It contends that former PM Yingluck sincerely wanted to help rice farmers with her party’s rice pledging scheme.
Others criticize Yinguck’s recent public selling of rice as a photo opportunity to push back against charges and fines against her for the
expensive and ultimately untenable rice pledging scheme of her party.
All of this shows that, despite the public mourning activities for the King, politics is going on as usual with both sides trying to win the hearts of Northeastern farmers who were once the beneficiaries of extreme government largess at the hands of the Phea Thai Party.]


From Naewna, November 9, 2016
Thaksin’s son Pantongtae: A bitch just went taking a photos at a farm and pretended to sympathize and be sad in order to get support…
On the bag held by Yingluck: Buying rice
Caption: Oh no… damn nephew. Being high as a kite and writing something stupid.

[This cartoon ridicules Pantongtae’s recent post on his Facebook page accusing the junta of pretending to help farmers by sending soldiers to help them harvest. Pantongtae’s Facebook page has come to be known as an official mouthpiece of Thaksin himself and is the main source that confirms or denies political rumors that might involve the Shinawatra family.
Popular rumor has long contended Pantongtae enjoys drugs and perhaps he fostered this from a young age by often wearing dark sunglasses when he is photographed (particularly when he first came to the public eye in the 1990s.)
The cartoonist jokes that Pantongtae is making a Facebook post that really tells the truth about Yingluck’s recent show of sympathy of rice farmers–that it is a publicity stunt only motivated by the fines and charges she is facing for her party’s rice pledging scheme.]

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Trump’s Win in Thai-language Newspapers


From Khaosod, November 10, 2016
Top box: Impressive pictures of the ‘King’ taking care of the ‘Crown Price’ when he was young. Page 13.
Biggest picture: Tribe people pay respect to the King Bhumibol Aduyadej
[2nd row] Black box on the left: ‘Htin Kyaw-Duterte’ pay respect to the King.
Continued headline in a green box in the 3rd row: Tribe people from 9 tribes–999 people wearing their traditional dresses–paying respects to the King. Ministry of Culture is hastening to complete the King’s records in the National Archives. Vocational schools commit to end their fights.
Grey box on the right: World stunned–stocks plunged–‘Trump’ celebrates. 45th US President.
Continued box on the below right: Voice of ‘grassroots’ ‘Right wing’ vote. Won 290-218. ‘Hillary’ admits her loss. Big Tu [PM Prayuth] congratulates the winner.
‘Donald Trump’ new US President, decisively defeats Hillary.
[4th row] Grey box on the left: Tu denies to stay [in power] 5 years more to help farmers, saying it is “just an idea.” Pheu Thai explains Poo’s rice.
[Refers to the rice price problem in Thailand. The junta and Yingluck are dueling over who can help the farmers best.]
Black box: Will call Nott’s friend for questioning. The lawyer submits more charges.
[Refers to the case of TV host Nott who punched a motorcycle driver who hit his car. He tried to force the motorcyclists to pay respect to his car. This incident became the talk of the town after a clip of the incident was posted on social media. Nott was fired from his TV show due to his assault on the motorcyclist.]


From Krungthepturakit, November 10, 2016
Headline: ‘Bank of Thailand’ keeps eyes on US policy. Says it’s unstable. [big] Warning to prepare for a ‘market in turmoil.’ [referring to Trump’s win]
Sub-headline on the left: Analysts point out it will affect investment which will flow out in the short-term.
Box in the center: Shock the world, ‘Trump’ becomes the president [2nd headline] Stocks plunge–volatile currency.
Small box on the right: Closer watch: the US election
White box on the left: Push a ‘new Permanent Secretary’ of DE to study the law about the Thaicom contract.
[Refers to the Minister of Digital Economy and Society known as the DE ministry forcing the new appointed permanent secretary to solve the problem on the Thaicom contract.]
Green box: Kasikorn bank’s stock, currency and gold situation update.
The white box on the right after the green box: ‘Somkid’ urges the selection of yellow-pink lines by December.
[Refers to Deputy PM Somkid Jatusripitak urging of bidding on the yellow and pink electric rail routes to be completed by December.]
Last box on the right: Open ‘online reserve’ for paying respects to the King in mid-Nov.


From Matichon, November 10, 2016
[Top pictures show hilltribe people paying respects to the King Bhumibol Aduyadej.]
Main Headline: World stunned–stock markets plunge–gold increases [bold] ‘Trump’ unexpectedly becomes the president
Sub-headline: ‘Americans’ protest after knowing the result. A good thing is that it will reduce the conflict between China and US. Thailand has a chance to link the economy [to the US?]. ‘Tammy Ladda’ becomes a senator.
[Thai-American Democrat Tammy Ladda Baldwin won a US senate seat.]
Small box close to Trump’s picture: Proposal from the ‘cabinet’–urge the private sector to help buy 30,000 tons of ‘corn’. Strict control on an import of wheat.
[Referring to Thai government proposals to help farmers hurt by plunging prices.]
Grey headline: Increase ‘tents-chairs’ to protect from the sun-rain; Taking care of people at Sanuam Laung; 999 tribe people from 9 tribes pay respect to the king; Ministry of Culture is hastening to complete the King’s records in the National Archives. [referring to activities surrounding the honoring of the late King]
Small box below Trump’s picture: ‘Wissanu’ says the constitution has already submitted. ‘Meechai’ supports an increase of MP’s salaries.’ Interior Minister urges to increase a power of the governor-mayor.
Headline at the bottom right: Explain a clip on ‘conduct;’ ‘Somtow’ says people want to sing; Blame the air attendants. ‘Nokair’ insists to follow the rules. Civil Aviation Director confirms it violates the rules. Against the air attendance–can be jailed.
[Refers to a video clip showing that an air attendants trying to stop well-known conductor S.P. Somtow from leading airplane passengers in singing the royal anthem song a plane was taking off. Some reacted in outrage what any rules of airline safety could preclude the singing of Thailand’s Royal Anthem. Others insisted that international regulations and safety take precedence.]


From Thai Post, November 10, 2016
Main headline: Shock the world; ‘Trump’ the president.
Sub-headline: Defeats ‘Hillary.’ Slaps the polls. [meaning the pollsters were wrong] Democrat supporters make chaos. Putin congratulates.
A box on the left: ASEAN must change in response to the new power
[Refers to ASEAN Countries must review their policies in response to the new Trump’s win.]
Box below Trump’s big picture: Big Tu [PM Prayuth] advises farmers to reduce their costs and it will be better in the next five years.
Red box: Update on the stock market
Yellow box: Update on global oil prices
Gray box: Current situation on financial markets
A box on the bottom right: Headline: [Philippine President Rodrigo] Duterte pays respect to the King

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Top Malaysia political cartoonist arrested


Top Malaysia political cartoonist arrested – The Nation, November 26, 2016
…”The fact that Zunar’s arrest happened at the George Town Literary Festival, with dozens of international writers and artists, only underscores the government’s disregard for freedom of expression.”
…Zunar is no stranger to the law, having been arrested and hauled to court on several occasions. He has nine previous charges under the sedition act which are still pending trial…

ALso: Zumar’s website

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7 years ago: Thaksin to receive $425 per month as Hun Sen advisor

Thaksin to receive $425 per month as Hun Sen advisor

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Weekly News Magazines, November 11-18, 2016


From Nation Weekend, November 11, 2016
Main cover reads: Tell the world… I won.
Man in the cover is US elect President Donald Trump


From Manager Weekly, November 12-18, 2016
Main cover reads: Trump. Dammit.
Top right: Trump’s kids and wife [yellow] Beauty-rich-smart [white] So cool!


From Matichon Weekly, November 11-17, 2016
The photo shows H.M.King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn

[Refers to the succession of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to the throne after the passing of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej. This photo has often been used to emphasize their closeness.]


From Lokwannee, November 12-18, 2016
Main cover reads: Pay respect to a tank of mine [“a tank” is conveyed by the image only]
Tragedy of “Thai farmers”

[This is a well-know saying from a TV actor’s car accident. The actor demanded the motorcyclist who hit his car bow down and pay respects to his vehicle. Video of the event cause the actor to be widely condemned for his arrogance.
The cover seems to imply that Thai farmers must similarly bow down before a tank (symbolizing the military junta) in order to receive assistance from the junta amid the declining rice prices.]

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Future Southeast Asia – A map of proposed railways in Southeast Asia


Future Southeast Asia – A map of proposed railways in Southeast Asia
…With a single visa for ASEAN an InterCity-style train would be able travel from Bangkok to Phnom Penh in four hours, and a high-speed train in under three…

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Beautiful Democracy


From Thairath, November 11, 2016
Title: Congratulations.
On the tablet: Donald Trump, the 45th president of United State of America
Smoke on left: Terrorism war
Smoke on right: Economic war
Mouse: The beautiful democracy
Mouse man: Comes from election by the people

[This is a sarcastic comment on the election of contentious Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States. The cartoonist also refers to the Red Shirt mantra of democracy “coming from the people” via elections. This is perhaps a rueful acknowledgement of the now fractious state of democracy in both the U.S. and Thailand. The smoke in the background draws a comparison to the protests in Thailand that resulted in burning over dissatisfaction with the state of democracy.]

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New requirements for long stay visa

The vaguely worded media reports in English about a new or updated long stay visa have caused waves of anxiety throughout Thailand’s retired expat community.

For those interested, the information in Thai on the new O-A long stay visa is here: Cabinet Resolutions. For the details, download the Word document that lists all the resolutions.

The point in question is number 8. It does appear to be an update of the requirements for the O-A visa.

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Thaksin still not dead


From Naewna, November 11, 2016
Left, Thaksin’s youngest daughter Ung-ing: Ung-ing congratulates Donald Trump…
Trump: For becoming president?
Right: No. I congratulate you for tweeting the condolence message when my father died.

[This references a recent incident where a fake website posted news of Thaksin’s death. The website was registered on the same day the news was posted, but that did not prevent local media from assuming the site was connected to the Telegraph newspaper and was thus legitimate.
Also posted on the site was a fake tweet from Donald Trump sending his condolences. Thaksin’s youngest daughter Ung-ing replied to the tweet which seemed to indicate she initially believed the tweet (and the fake news story). However, it was soon confirmed Thaksin was still alive.
During times when Thaksin has been trying to maintain a low profile, rumors of his death appear to be purposely circulated to cause Thaksin enter the public mind again when he has to confirm he is alive.
One such incident was during the buildup to the 2010 Red Shirt protests. These were being branded as pro-democracy protests with no direct connection to Thaksin command and control at all. This was done so they would not be linked with the 2009 Red Shirt occupation of Bangkok that was conducted with Thaksin openly cheering on the proceedings. The edicts issued from the Red Shirt stage were also obviously connected to Thaksin’s political goals (including a deadline for the Privy Council to disband and declaring a people’s takeover of politics).
Refuting the rumors in 2010 forced Thaksin into the news during a time when he was trying to remain aloof from the Red Shirt activities in Bangkok.
This time the apparent initial acknowledgment from Thaksin’s daughter of the fake condolence tweet gave credence to longstanding rumors that Thaksin has indeed long been ill and that his family knows this. Most often it rumored he is suffering from a grave prostate-related ailment.
However, such rumors are bandied about as part of political maneuvering and this can almost always be seen in their timing and content.]

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Dueling rice plans


From Naewna, November 3, 2016
Yingluck says: Prime Minsiter Tu [Prayuth] also did rice pledging. Why isn’t he being sued and charged like I was?
On the straps around Yingluck: Rice pledging was higher than actual prices; World market; Allowed corruption on rice pledging; Didn’t listen to any concerns. Loss!!; 6.7 hundred billions [670 billion baht loss]
On sign held by PM Prayuth: Rice pledging at 13,000 baht per ton.
Caption: So crazy..!!! There is much evidence [against her] but she still complains?

[PM Prayuth’s rice pledging policy is supposedly following market price with the plan to allow farmers to hold rice longer before releasing it to the market. The Pheu Thai policy price was much higher than the market and featured the government simply buying and stockpiling rice directly.]

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Abhisit Comforts Hillary


From Manager, November 10, 2016
Hilary Clinton: I don’t understand… I am better than him in every way… more experienced… better speaker… but American people chose him… Wha… Wha…. [the sound of crying]
Abhisit: I understand… it’s the same feeling when I lost to Yingluck.
Caption: Thai Democrat… comforting American Democrat.

[This compares Clinton’s surprising loss to a political novice to Abhisit’s election loss to Yingluck Shinawatra who had no political experience and was only able to read from prepared statements when making political comments for her party.]

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Difficulties of the rice farmer


From Thairath, November 1, 2016
Title: Holding hands together…!
Words on upper left hand: Pressure to stop farming.
Lower hand: Rice millers cut the price
Words on right hand: Injustice. Political attacks.
Papers held by Yingluck: Rice pledging. Helping farmers to increase the rice price.
Phi Nooring: Kukam of this era.
Mouse: A sadness of farmers.

[Refers to Yingluck’s recent public selling of rice to help farmers amid the decline of rice prices. This cartoon compares the relationship between Yingluck and farmers with the famous Thai novel ‘Kukam’ in which the main characters are separated at the end.
Yingluck is certain to be personally bankrupted by fines related to her party’s expensive rice scheme and rice farmers have been suffering from the collapse of the rice market caused, in part, by the Pheu Thai’s policies that distorted the marketplace.
This cartoon contends Yingluck is trying her best to help the farmers but other forces are responsible for rice farmer’s troubles.]

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The devil trying to disrupt


From Manager, November 1, 2016
Thaksin-faced devil: Populist… It must be a populist. Don’t you remember that we used to have a rice pledging scheme for fifteen thousand baht per ton?
On the book cover: Sufficient economy
Caption: The devil trying to disrupt

[The last Pheu Thai government had a rice pledging policy that funneled large amounts of money to their rural supporters. However, the policy disrupted the rice market, resulted in farmers going into debt to produce extra rice to take advantage of the payouts, and caused huge financial losses to the government. The cartoonist contends that Thaksin-directed handouts undermined the sufficient economy principle promoted by H.M. King Bhumibhol Adulyadej.]

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The future is ruined by only one second


From Thairath, November 9, 2016
Title: It is not one and half minutes…!
Man with glasses: Salute my car.
Center speech box: Salute social media.
Mouse: Consciousness comes before temper.
Mouse man: The future is ruined by only one second.

[This refer to news of Thai actor/TV host name, Akanat “Nott” Ariyaritwikul demanding a motorcyclist pay respect to his car (in Thai “krap rod ku”). The cartoon references how videos of the incident cost Nott his career and reputation.]

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More drugs for the rice farmers

From Manager, November 2, 2016
Man: Even if it is not as good as the Yingluck rice pledging scheme brand, but it can make us survive a little longer.
At the bag in the background: 13,000 [baht] rice barn pledging scheme.
Caption: After almost dying after not having the drug… finally getting a new drug.

[This refer to the new rice pledging scheme of this current government to help farmers. Like the Phue Thai’s former rice pledging plan, it seems to be addicting farmers to government handouts as well as further distorting the rice market.]

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Prayuth is the scarecrow


From Naewna, November 2, 2016
Prayuth is a scarecrow. Above the crows from left to right: rice mills; merchant; capitalists; politicians
Crow on far right: I told you to withdraw the paying order after seven days.
Caption: The problem of the rice price slump… can be solved in seven days.

[We are not sure about the “seven days” reference. However the junta is certainly disrupting existing lines of money and power by allowing rice farmers to bypass local tycoons who keep a stranglehold on rice profits as middlemen.]

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You guys have to get up and bring this government down!

From Manager, November 1, 2016
Thaksin (he seems to be holding a rice pledging ticket): You guys have to get up and bring this government down. Then you can get to using this drug. [means something like, they can have this same money (which is like a drug) if they bring him back to power]
On the bag: 15,000 [baht] rice pledging scheme.
Yingluck holds a syringe.
Caption: The drug dealer knows… the addict can do anything.

[The Pheu Thai rice pledging scheme both emptied the country’s coffers while it encouraged rice farmers to go into debt to take advantage of guaranteed rice prices that were well above market prices. The cartoonist compares the plan to a drug dealer who gets people hooked on drugs. In the cartoon, Thaksin holds out the promise of further subsidies to his family’s return to political power.]

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American Standard?


From Manager, November 9, 2016
Title: American Standard?
right: From toilet…
left: To President.

[American Standard brand bathroom fixtures are a commonly seen brand in Thailand.

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Weekly News Magazines, November 5-11, 2016


From Lokwannee, November 5-11 , 2016
Cover reads: The policy on [erased with white color] rice [black] pledging [erased by white color] in [black] barns

[The cover is raising a question as to whether the junta’s new “rice barn” policy is actually the same as Yingluck’s rice-pledging scheme. Amid the decline of rice price, the junta launched the rice barn scheme to encourage farmers to store rice for a period of time and not to rush in releasing it to the market.]


From Matichon Weekly, Nov 4-10, 2016
[The photo shows HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej who is praised as the father of rice research and development together with the King Rama V who is thought of as the father of the Thai rice revolution.]


From Nation Weekend, Nov 4, 2016
Main cover reads: Follow in the father’s steps

[The cover shows Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn [mid-row] and other royalty in the background. The cover implies that the royal family will follow the late King’s example.]


From Manager Weekly, Nov 5-11, 2016
Main cover reads: Disclose the strategy on [white] tractor clashes with tanks

Left to right is Yaowapa Wongsawat, PM Prayuth, Yingluck, and Army chief Gen. Chalermchai Sitthisart. This refers to the political struggle of rice pledging between the junta and Thaksin’s group in Thailand led by his sisters Yaowapa and Yingluck. While Yingluck was trying to show off her help to the farmers when rice prices declined, the junta is proceeding with charges against her for the Phea Thai rice pledging scheme.]
Bottom ‘Trump-Hillary’ Whoever wins is still bad.

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Both Are Rotten


From Manager, November 7, 2016
Left: Do you find the least rotten one?
Right: Not yet.
Caption: America’s choice 2016

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More Thai newspaper headlines: Secure and peaceful because of your royal rule


From Matichon, October 24, 2016
[Massive assembly of mourners outside the Grand Palace to sing the royal anthem in honor of the King Bhumibol Adulyadej.]


From Daily News, October 23, 2016
Still be in people’s hearts forever [white] ‘Celebrities’ express joint mourning. [brown] A father of the land.
Top left are actresses from Channel 7.
In top circle: Araya A. Hargate (Chompoo)
Right: Actresses: Pimchanok ‘Baifern’ Luevisadpaibul and Davika ‘Mai’ Hoorne
Middle-left: Usamanee ‘Kwan’ Waitayanon and Pitchaya ‘Golf’ Nitipaisalkul
Left circle: Thanyares Engtrakul
Left: Mick Tongraya
Bottom left: Sudarat ‘Tukky’ Butrprom
Middle: Doctor Sorawit ‘Kong’Suboon
Right circle: Pakorn ‘Boy’ Chatborirak and his younger sister Wanmai
Left: Bin Bunluerit
[Refers to celebrities who did volunteer work to help and support the massive numbers of people who visited the Grand Palace to pay respects to H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej.]


From Komchadluek, October 23, 2016
Title: Secure and peaceful because of your royal rule
We, servants of His great Majesty,
prostrate our hearts and heads,
to pay respects to the ruler, whose merits are boundless,
our glorious sovereign,
the greatest of Siam,
with great and lasting honor,
[We are] secure and peaceful because of your royal rule,
the result of royal protection
[is] people in happiness and in peace,
May it be that
whatever you will,
be done
according to the hopes of your great heart
as we wish victory, hurrah!

[Refers to the lyrics of the royal anthem titled “Sansoen Phra Barami.”]


From Thai Post, October 23, 2016
Sansoen Phra Barami [Title of the royal anthem]


From Thairath, October 23, 2016
Top left: Remembering King Chulalongkorn
[Refers to October 23 which is the memorial day for the passing of the King Chulalongkorn and a national holiday.]
Top middle: Hundreds of thousands of people sang “Sansoen” [the royal anthem] loudly at Sanam Luang. The conductor compares it to a water drop gathering to become an ocean. Massive numbers of people joined hands to sing… Continued reading page…
Bottom left: Arrest a Cambodian making fake passports sold in Rong Kluea Market.
Bottom left (below the above): Korat organized an exhibition showing old pictures. [black] The whole country remembers the King’s works.
Red box: Switching the track [The name of a regular column.]
Green box on the right: Recommend to donate dried food.
Below the green box: PM concerned fresh food will easily get rotten.


From Daily News, October 23, 2016
Title: He is worried about Thai-Muslim people.
Middle of the 2nd row: History recorded. The Chief of the Muslims paid respect to the King.
Left of the 2nd para: I can’t read as it’s too small.


From Matichon, October 23, 2016

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Sad Days: Thai newspapers front pages from October 16


From Daily News, October 16, 2016
Main headline: “King Jigme” Pay visit to Thailand – with the queen and their little prince to pay homage. [Handsome King Jigme, the Bhutanese monarch, is very popular in Thailand.]


From Daily News, October 16, 2016
Center headline: The new reign already began since 13 October 2016. “Wissanu” [Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam] reveals the Crown Prince says “Let’s not turn everything into the past so fast.” [meaning there should be no rush to crown a new monarch during the mourning period]


From Daily News, October 16, 2016
“Kitarachan” – Songs written by the King for country of Siam.

[An example of the many commemorative newspaper editions put to to honor the King.]


From Khaosod, October 16, 2016
Main headline: Wissanu indicate that the new reign of King Rama X has begun from 13 October 2016.

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Weekly News Magazines, October 28-November 4, 2016


From Lokwannee, Nov 1, 2016
[The cover shows a picture of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed away on 13 October 2016.]


From Matichon Weekly, Oct 28-Nov 3, 2016


From Nation Weekend, Oct 28, 2016
Main cover reads: I don’t fight with the people.

[This saying is a part of an interview the King gave to BBC on the communist insurgency. He said that he didn’t fight with the people (communists), but he fought with poverty.]


From Manager Weekly, October 29-November 4, 2016
Main cover reads: Democratic form of government with the King as Head of State
Cover is pictures of members of royal families.
Top: L-R: 1st Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn and Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya, 2nd Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, 3rd Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
Mid: L-R: Princess Chulahborn Walailak, 2nd Princess Bajrakitiyabha, Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, 3rd (top) Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn and Princess Chulahborn Walailak, (below) middle: Princess Soamsawali [for other, I’m not sure], Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya and Princess Bajrakitiyabha.
Bottom: in the middle: Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya

[This cover means that Thailand is properly a democratic country with the King as a head of the nation.]

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