[This is from a graphic circulated on social media and mentioned on the 2B forum. This provides a very unWestern, but widespread conception, of the interrelationship between pornography and other forms of vice.
International reports have claimed that the coup caused a chilling effect on political freedoms. While it is true those who support the previous government's attempt to pardon Thaksin and those who oppose the monarchy are being harshly stifled in their freedom of expression, the coup has also opened the flood gates for social comment with suggestions and demands that the military government take action on all manner of issues.
Thai-language forums and social media are filled with high hopes that the military will step in and right social wrongs. This optimism is likely to be dashed over time, but for now there are many interesting opinions on social issues being generated, including this one that also shows, not only how some Thais view themselves, but how they view other nations.]
Left, Title: A country that’s against pornography
From top, Frame I, Father: In our country, porn is illegal! Cannot produce, cannot watch, cannot help yourself.
Mother: Block it!
Frame II: Ranking 2nd in the world in pregnancy rate of girls at premature ages.
Girl: I’m pregnant. What to do?!
Man: Can’t help it, I don’t have porn to help myself. I have to use the real thing.
Frame III: Ranking 29th in the world in number of rape cases
Girl screaming: Don’t
Man: Can’t help! They don’t let me watch porn. I have to rape a real human.
Frame IV: Ranking 1st in the world in number of whores to that of the national population
Man: They don’t allow porn so I’ve to buy sex.
Right, Title: A country that produces porn
From top, Frame I: Our country allows porn production because masturbation is natural.
Frame II: One of the lowest ranking in the world in terms of pregnancy at premature age rate
Boy: I don’t have to have sex with my girlfriend because I can watch porn as substitute to real sex.
Frame III: One of the world’s lowest numbers in rape cases
Boy: I don’t want to rape any woman because I release my need by watching porn.
Frame IV: One of the countries with lowest whore number in the world
Boy: Whores are expensive and dirty. I can just watch porn. Cheap and not risky
From Manager, September 1, 2014
On the tiger: Tiger of the East
Caption: Who said Prayuth is riding a tiger?
Forest sign: Forests covering areas in adjacent provinces
[Prayuth is P.M. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha. The drawing shows him carrying a huge tiger representing the military clique he is a part of--the Eastern Tigers. Particularly, Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister, who is a close ally of Gen. Prayuth. He is also chairman of the Five Provinces Bordering Forest Preservation Foundation. Protecting agsint land encroachment is a difficult and tough task as they have to fight against many influential people. Gen. Prayuth carrying the Tiger of the East, meaning Gen. Prawit, means it is a tough thing for Gen. Prayuth as well because he's going to have to support Gen. Prawit, one of his closest friends and allies.]
From Thairath, September 1, 2014
Title: I dare you… to do… the Ice Bucket Challenge
On the bucket: Reform the justice system
On the ground: Victims of the military’s crackdown in Apr-May 2010.
[This cartoon expresses disappointment with pledges to reform the justice system while seeing the former government's cases targeting the opposition dropped. In particular, the dropping of murder charges against former PM Abhisit and his deputy, Suthep in the Red-Shirt crackdown of April-May 2010.]
From Manager, August 31, 2014
Yingluck Shinawatra: Chuh… no credit for me… If I were not the dumbest and messiest prime minister before him would Khun Too look this smart!!!? ['Khun Too' is nickname of Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha.]
On cover of Matichon Weekly: Naraporn Chan-ocha, “the wind beneath the wings”
Caption: Here… is the real wind beneath Premier Prayuth’s wings.
[Naraporn Chan-ocha, the junta head's wife, has been profiled recently as her husband assumed the post of prime minister. Analysts have pointed to her support for her husband's aspirations through tireless networking as being the "wings beneath the wings" of her husband's rise to power.
The cartoonist makes the joke that Prayuth is only seen as such a potentially effective leader because he came after the chaotic reign of Yingluck as prime minister.]
We were just told by True tech support in Thailand that the undersea cable through Hong Kong was damaged in the typhoon and it is slowing international net traffic to and from Thailand. There is no schedule for repair yet as the storm is ongoing in the area.
57 Years Ago: Sarit deposes Phibul – St. Petersburg Times, September 18, 1957
[Thanks to Tom for pointing this out.]
…Army commander Sarit Thanarat moved yesterday to set up a new government which he pledged would not swerve from the pro-Western policies of ousted premier P. Pibulsonggram. Sarit, recently forced to resign a cabinet post, toppled the Pibulsonggram leadership in a swift, bloodless coup. Sarit also removed another foe and strongman, Gen. Phao Sriyanond who commanded Thailand’s 40,000-man police force.
…Thailanders are considered the gayest people of the Far East. When it comes to politics and government, in the words of one of their critics “they just don’t give a damn…”
From Manager, August 28, 2014
Man: Why do you only take care about the henchmen?… When it comes to Thaksin and his family, you’ve touched them… Did you made any secret deal with him?
Sign on Karma seat’s platform: Karma [revenge seekers]
News paper headline: Seh Pia coma, admitted to hospital
Caption: The karma [god] may have a hidden agenda like somebody.
[Seh Pia is Col. Apiwan Viriyachai, a Red Shirt leader and monarchy critic. The newspaper refers to the report of his illness from pneumonia on August 27 while on the run in the Philippines.
This means that, for all the self-serving damage Thaksin has caused since his rule and afterwards, he seems lucky enough to always bounce back while his henchmen, like Apiwan, have taken the heat of karma for their actions.]
Since the coup, political gadfly Chuwit Kamolvisit has been using Photoshop to create humorous graphics about the political situation. Many of these have become memes widely circulated in Thai-language social media.
August 29, 2014:
Congratulations to the new PM. In this period, no one is more suitable than you are. However, I’m curious that if people have some problems, who is the one that they should inform–either Gen. Prayuth the PM or Gen.Prayuth the NCPO [the junta] leader?
[Like many editorial cartoons and editorials, this mocks the overlapping roles of Gen. Prayuth who is holding two key roles in governing the country. One is the prime minister and another is the head of the junta. The implication is that this raises concerns on transparency and the powers of his government.]
From Thairath, August 27, 2014
Cartoon title: Please return happiness to the rubber planters.
Left: Yingluck government
Signs from the front: Plummeting rubber price; ousting the government; Not 80 baht per kg., we want 100 baht
Man in the front: If not 100 baht, the government must get out.
On the man’s shirt: D.P. [Democrat Party]
Right: NCPO government [the National Council for Peace and Order, the post-coup junta]
Signs from the front: Plummeting rubber price; rubber price is down to 50 baht per kg.; protesting
Man in the front: Let’s stop growing rubber plants and raise cows instead.
On the man’s shirt: D.P. [Democrat Party]
Mouse: So that more variety to eat
[This shows how rubber farmers were pressuring the Pheu Thai government to support prices in the same way they were doing for rice farmers. However, as the south (where rubber planters are) is not a stronghold of Pheu Thai support, the government was unenthusiastic about doing so.
Now that the junta has deposed the Pheu Thai government and rubber prices are still low, rubber farmers are not agitating for the government to step down as they did when the Pheu Thai was in power. This is supposed to point out how the rubber planters' protests were politically motivated and not about low prices at all.]
From Manager, August 26, 2014
Man on couch: Our favorite satellite TV channel is going to broadcast again.
His wife: So excited…
Soldier on chair: Done… prepare to be on the air now.
[Man having his mouth stitched shut is Sondhi Limthongkul, owner of the ASTV Manager Group.
Reference is to the National Council for Peace and Order command dated August 24 permitting additional 12 satellite TV channels, including ASTV TV, to be on air again. However, "political" stations are not allowed to air contentious opinions.]
From Komchadluek, August 26, 2014
Thaksin: During this period, we should hibernate and wait until the NCPO is gone. Then, we’ll come out.
On the boot: The NCPO
[Refers to the Thai idiom "a frog is hibernating." It means being quiet and biding one's time in anticipation of taking action later. This cartoon reflects the belief that the long quiet after the coup from both the Pheu Thai and the Red Shirts was due to an order from Thaksin to wait out the junta and take action once time and circumstances have weakened it.]
From Arun, August 30, 2014
Title: The World is shock!! Children’s dream is gone when the company reveals that Hello Kitty is not a cat.
Left: Shocks the world
Above Hello Kitty: It is not a cat.
Right: Shocks Thailand.
Above the democracy monument: It is not a democracy.
[This contrasts the news from Japan about the nature of the Hello Kitty character with the nature of the military government in Thailand.]
From Komchadluek, September 1, 2014
Mother: The fact is it is not a democracy, but it’s a girl.
[Another cartoon on the same theme. This mimics the news on Hello Kitty which revealed that the character is not a cat, but a girl.]
From Thairath, August 26, 2014
Title: Over-down the wall
On a paper held by Prayuth: Return the happiness’ popularity
On papers held by a farmer: rice price, agricultural product price, rubber price
Phi Nooring: Happiness is stabbed down.
A mouse: Return happiness to the farmers
[The cartoon shows that Gen. Prayuth, leader of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and the newly appointed PM, is happy with his high popularity. However, his government has failed to solve farmers’ problems concerning agricultural prices.]
From Komchadluek, August 26, 2014
Thaksin: See!! We almost had a hat-trick, but why does this family name show up?
On the board: Shinawatra II, Chan-ocha I
[Refers to the two Shinawatras who became prime ministers--Thaksin and Yingluck--and now Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha who is threatening to block any further Shinawatra from holding the post.]
Above: The accomplishments of Thaksin and his family–launching Thai-owned satellites
Below: The official music video
Above: Thaksin as a heroic police officer
Below: Part one of the story of Thaksin’s life
After months of silence, Pheu Thai, Red Shirt leaders making public appearances after getting Thaksin okay – The Nation, September 12, 2014 …On Tuesday, Panthongtae again posted the message: “In two days and everyone will stop missing him”, along with the YouTube link (youtube.com/thaksinstory).
The link leads to a 2.14-minute animation clip, titled “Ta Doo Dao, Thao Tid Din” (Looking at Stars with Feet on the Ground), depicting Thaksin’s life.
The lyrics in the accompanying soundtrack say: “Looking at the stars with feet on the ground, this is Thaksin who always defies his fate.”
The clip ends with the words “coming soon” in English…
From Nation Weekend, September 5, 2014
Cover reads: The Cabinet Ship of friends and brothers
[Reference is to the new cabinet under Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha as Prime Minister. Of the total 32 ministers, 12 are from the armed forces, such as the retired Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan who is Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister in the cabinet. Some of them also work at the National Council for Peace and Order which is the military junta.]
From Matichon Weekly, September 5, 2014
Cover reads: The flower at the end of the barrel
[Reference is to Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Chairperson of Toshiba Thailand, and one of the only two women to join the NCPO's cabinet. Mrs. Kobkarn was approached to be minister of the Tourism and Sports Ministry. The other is Mrs. Apiradee Tantraporn, a retired civil servant from the Ministry of Commerce to be Deputy Commerce Minister.
The headline indicates these women are the gentler side of a military-dominated government.]
From ASTV Manager Weekly, September 6, 2014
Cover reads: M.L. Rungkhun Kitiyakar, stock trader on energy reform
[Reference is to M.L. Rungkhun's comment on the national energy saga recently posted on his Facebook page which generated a wide range of reactions both pro- and con-.
M.L. Rungkhun is the son of the Miss Universe 1965, Apasara Hongsakula and M.R. Kiattikhun Kitiyakara and graduated in photography and decorating design from St. Martin, England.
He currently manages his mother's beauty business, 'Apasara Beauty Slimming Spa.' He started to be interested in politics with a focus on national energy over a year ago. He makes a critical comment, in this cover story, on the country's energy policy.]
Prayuth Vows Tougher Crackdown On Anti-Monarchists – Khaosod, September 11, 2014
Gen. Prayuth outlined a strategy to “defend” the monarchy in a speech he is due to give to his puppet parliament, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), on Friday…
“We will use legal measures, social-psychological measures, and telecommunications and information technology in dealing with those who are not mindful of their words, are arrogant at heart, or harbour the ill intention to undermine the important Institution of the nation,” the speech reads…