Remembering the Checks & Balances of the 1997 Charter


Do all Thai roads lead to Singapore?

Yingluck’s Strange Strategy


Analysis: Thailand’s Half Democracy


How many died in the Thai drug purges?


Changing the Diapers of Politics


The arrest of Kamronwit in Japan


Junta gives up on reform of the police


The Withering of Section 44


During Red Shirt rally, Thaksin kids withdraw 10 billion baht

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These things shouldn’t happen

From Neawna, November 25, 2017
Deputy PM Prawit: I also used to be physical punished, but I didn’t die.
On the picture: Nong May
Caption on the left: He shouldn’t die.
Caption on the right: He shouldn’t survive.

[Refers to the death of a teenager army cadet, Pakapong Tanyakan or Nong May. The military has been pressured by the public after Nong May’s family demanded the military explain his death and why his organs were removed from their son.
Initially the military said that the death was caused by health problem. However, accusations arose that the cadets are often abused and beaten. Deputy PM Prawit was criticized after he tried to refute these accusations by saying he was also beaten by senior cadets, but he survived. Later, he apologized to Nong May’s family for his comment.
The cartoonist comments that Prawit should not survive the cabinet reshuffle. This is a rare shot at the junta from a cartoonist who is usually rapidly pro-military and anti-Thaksin.]

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Start with the victims under your foot first, sir

From Thairath, November 24, 2017
Title: Start with the victims under your foot first, sir.
Military: I’d like to announce that human rights 4.0 to be the national agenda.
Papers from left to right: Power of law, Parliament of closed alliances, Sue the media with the Computer Act, Article 44
Signs held by people in prison from left to right: Calling for justice, giving a fake charge, Put in jail and can’t bail out, bring the people to military court, violate human rights, arrest people who have different opinion to adjust their attitude
Phi Nooring: Having a good plan for staying longer
Mouse: Just only speaks to make himself look good

[Refers to the junta. The junta is committing to reform the country through the national strategy “Thailand 4.0.” which includes acknowledgement of human rights.
The cartoonists contrasts this pledge with the junta’s record of restricting human rights and the freedom of people.]

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The reason Prawit must stay

From Manager, November 23, 2017
PM Prayuth: If he isn’t here… all complaints… that rubbish will throw at me… I won’t look clean and smart like today.
Caption: The reason why he needs to be here.

[Refers to the relationship between PM Prayuth and Deputy PM Prawit (covered in trash in the cartoon). Deputy PM Prawit has been criticized for being involved in several contentious issues and has negatively impacted the junta’s credibility. However, Prawit is a key part of the junta that overthrew the previous government and is probably more influential that Prayuth himself. Thus, the PM has little choice but to keep Prawit on despite his unsatisfactory performance.]

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Weekly News Magazines: The cabinet sticks together, November-December, 2017

From Siamrath Weekly Review, November 24-30, 2017
Main cover picture: Being together [white] we will survive.
Men in the picture from back to front: Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan, PM Prayuth Chan-ocha and Interior Minister General Anupong Paochinda
[Refers to the Thai proverb “being together we will survive, we will die if being separated.” This illustrates the strong relationship between key persons of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO); Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan, PM Prayuth Chan-ocha and Interior Minister General Anupong Paochinda.
It mocks the recent cabinet reshuffle that preserved Deputy PM Prawit and Interior Minister General Anupong although both have been criticized for unsatisfactory performance.]

From Matichon Weekly, November 24-30, 2017
Main cover picture: It is a sea, but I said brook and you believe it
[Refers the close relationship between two generals from the influential military group the Eastern Tigers, Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan and PM Prayuth Chan-ocha (pictured). This relationship has preserved Prawit’s post in the cabinet despite unsatisfactory performance.
The words on the cover is part of the poem written by well-known Thai poet Sriprat. It refers to the close ties of the people who always agree with each other no matter what other says.]

Top: Behind the scene of the match-fixing gangs of Thailand’s football league [black] Big investors-referees-football players join the ‘deal’
[Refers to the press conference held by President of the Football Association of Thailand Somyot Pumpanmuang to disclose a match-fixing scheme in Thailand’s football league. Recently, famous football players, referees, and investors have been arrested due to this scandal.]

From Manager Weekly, November 25-December 1, 2017
Main cover reads: A few good men
Men in the cover from left to right: Maj Gen Kanokpong Channual, Pakapong Tanyakan and Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan

[Refers to the death of a teenager army cadet, Pakapong Tanyakan, whom is believed to have died due to physical punishment at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School (AFAPS). It was later found that the cadet’s organs were missing when the corpse was returned to his family.
The military initially denied all accusations against it. Head of AFAPS Maj Gen Kanokpong Channual and Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan insisted that although special training and disciplinary methods of the military school are tough, they were not the cause of his death. After further public pressure, the junta set up a special investigation into the death.]

Top: Waiting for divorce [yellow] ‘Aff-Songkran’ [black] They say I’m the third person!!???
[Refers to well-known actress Taksaorn ‘Aff’ Paksukcharern who recently admitted that she is ready to divorce her husband Songkran Tejanarong without giving a reason.
Netizens have been searching for the reason and they think former net idol Phintusuda ‘Balloon’ Tunphairao is the third person in the relationship. However, later Songkran’s younger brother refuted this rumor.]
Bottom left: Beauty killer [pink] ‘Peach Purahong’ [white] a revivalist of ‘woman Thai boxing’ to be known worldwide.
[Refers to a story of rising Thai boxing star Peach Purahong.]
Middle: Get rid of match-fixing to upgrade Thailand’s football reach the standard
[Refers to the match-fixing scandal in the Thai football league.]
Right: New value and better than the past “This generation does not give alcohol anymore!!”
[Refers to the new year’s campaign from the Thai Health Promotion Foundation to encourage people to stop giving alcohol as a new year’s gift.]

From Lokwannee, November 25-December 1, 2017
Main cover reads: Yeah..!! Next year… no poor people in Thailand.
[Refers to Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak’s declaration that there will be no poor people in Thailand next year as the junta is planning to inject billions of baht to stimulate the economy. However, Thais generally believe that such plans have only ever benefited the rich in the past.
The coconut shell in the cartoon refers to junta supporters who believe in the junta’s assertions. This comes from the Thai proverb “a frog inside the coconut shell” meaning a person who believe that the know everything, but the fact they do not–just like a frog who lives in a coconut shell and thinks it is the entire world.]

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Monks providing loans

From Thairath, November 16, 2017
Left, a tourist: I read the newspaper about Thai monks providing loans to the people. Doesn’t it violate the monk’s principles?
Middle, Thai man: No, because the monks want to support the government’s policy.
Tourist: What’s the policy?
Left, Thai man: Provide loans to people for shopping to boost the country’s economy.

[Refers to the shopping tax break campaign launched by the junta to boost the country’s spending and stimulate the economy. This news is combined with a report about an abbot in the provinces who provided a loan service. The provincial monk association denied that this action violated the monk’s principles as there was no specific rule prohibiting monks from loaning money. This raised eyebrows as the abbott’s loans seemed clearly inappropriate.]

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The King’s Birthday

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Above: December 4, 2005 – Placard with an image of the HM The King Rama 9 at the Royal Plaza.

Today is the birthday of late King Rama 9. It is a national holiday considered Father’s Day in Thailand when 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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Thailand, land of coconut shell

From Thairath, November 15, 2017
Left: Help me… Someone please tell me, where is this?
Middle: Man: Thailand.
Offscreen: Oh…
Left: Thailand, land of coconut shell.

[Refers to the political banner shown during the parade at the traditional football match of four prestigious all-boy schools in Thailand. The message called Thailand the land of the coconut shell.
This refers to the Thai proverb kob nai kala which tells of an ignorant frog under a coconut shell. Since he mistakes the shell for the world, he wrongly thinks he knows everything.
Anti-junta, pro-Thaksin voices have used this reference to attack supporters of military rule.
While this anti-junta aspect was reported in the Thai-language media, it was oddly omitted in the English-language press (Student’s ‘Ignorant Thailand’ Banner Impresses, Outrages) or not reported at all.
The banner was a rare public protest against continuing junta rule.]

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Don’t cling to power!

From Arun, November 15, 2017
Title: “Whatever you strictly adhere to, you (it will become) a hardship”
Inside the box on the top: People’s queue, Arun Watcharasawat, Saturday, Buddhadasam [Names of cartoon column and the cartoonist]

[The monk in the cartoon is Buddhadasa Bhikkhu and this is a quote from him.
This is likely a veiled warning to the junta not to cling to power.]

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Massaging the economy

From Manager, November 12, 2017
Man: Shopping to save the country!
Caption: The number of people shopping to save the country will increase.

[Refers to the junta’s “Shopping Tax Break” to boost the country’s spending and stimulate the economy.
Apparently, sauna and massage services are included in this tax break. As these services are actually prostitution, t he public has criticized these services being included in the junta’s scheme.]

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The toy for expanding power

From Thairath, November 11, 2017
Title: A toy for expanding their power
On the soldier’s helmet: Return happiness [the junta’s motto]
On the uniform: Want to stay longer [meaning that the military wants to retain political power]
Under the cage: Political parties
On the sign held by the puppet: The NCPO party [National Council for Peace and Order, the junta]
Phi Nooring: It isn’t fair.
Mouse: A game of people who are afraid of losing [their power]
On the prison: Political party

[Refers to the rumor that the junta under the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) led by PM Prayuth will establish a military party to compete in the coming elections.
Many rules and regulations launched by junta are thought to be tools to enable the military to retain control and limit the actions of elected officials.]

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Weekly News Magazines: Loving Prayuth, November, 2017

From Siamrath Weekly Review, November 17-23, 2017
Main cover picture: ‘Toon’ [red] power

[Refers to famous rocker Artiwara Toon Kongmalai from Bodyslam band. He has launched a charity run project to raise a funds for 11 hospitals. He has start his run from the southernmost to the northernmost parts of the country. His run has caused a nationwide sensation and he has become an idol for many people for his efforts to help others.]

From Matichon Weekly, November 17-23, 2017
Main cover picture: The center of heart?
The man is General Chatchai Sarikulya.
On the sign in back: We, farmers, always support you, our Minister.

[Refers to General Chatchai Sarikulya, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister, who is known as a close friend of PM Prayuth. Amid the reshuffle of the cabinet, there is an expectation that General Chatchai might not be removed from his post even though his performance is seen as unsatisfactory. Thus, the cover is a sarcastic comment on his tenure.]

Top right: Military party is not easy. Brother Bang-Sonthi warns Tu-Prayuth [This headline uses both the individual’s real names (Sonthi, Prayuth) and their nicknames (Bang, Tu) in a hyphenated form. This is sometimes done, but most of the time only the nickname is used in headlines.]

[The man in the picture is Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin who has spoken out on the rumored military party that PM Prayuth is thought to be setting up.
Gen. Sonthi has his political party named Matubhum Party. His party was in the opposition against Yingluck’s administration. This article references the difficulty past junta leaders have had in entering regular electoral politics.]

From Lokwannee, November 18-24, 2017
Main cover reads: What I did… isn’t it good enough for you?
On the messages: There are 6 questions. Please answer it frankly. No.1 Love me? No.2 Love me? No.3 Love me? No.4 Love me? No.5 Love me? No.6 Love me?

[This mocks the new series of questions that that PM Prayuth put forth to the public. These questions, like previous ones, are clearly an attempt to rationalize and justify further military rule and delay elections.
The coconut shell is used by junta foes to refer to those who support military rule. The coconut shell refers to a parable about a frog who lives in the shell and thinks it is the whole world. Thus, junta supporters who think the military are good and popular are criticized as not being aware of the wider world.]

From Manager Weekly, November 18-24, 2017
Main cover reads: The former mission was to increase the GDP. This mission is… very heavier.
Deputy PM Prawit: Damn
Men in the picture from left to right: Deputy PM Somkid Jatusripitak, PM Prayuth Chan-ocha, Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan and General Anupong Paochinda

[Refers to Deputy PM Somkid Jatusripitak who is the head of the econimc team for the junta. This covers implies that after Deputy PM Somkid helped the junta to increase the GDP, he now has to help them increase the junta’s popularity. The junta has been criticized as PM Prayuth’s close senior officers like Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan and General Anupong Paochinda have involved in policy decisions and scandals that have reflected poorly on the government.]

Top: ‘Thai Airways’ heavy losses. [black] ‘Air Asia’ gains a huge profit [purple] Mysterious business [black] which is very complicated
[Refers to Thailand’s national airlines ‘Thai Airways’ facing a heavy loss in a surprising contrast with low-cost carrier Air Asia which is able to make a big profit.]
Bottom left: Grounded God [yellow] Bin Bunluerit
[Refers to actor Bin Bunluerit who devotes himself to help people, particularly the poor. Due to this, he has been praised by the public for his kindness.]
Right: Without [blue] ‘Yoon’ [white] then which direction [blue] ‘Nation’ [white] will go
[Refers to Suthichai Yoon (nicknamed “Yoon”), the chairman of the Nation Multimedia Group. Recently, he quits from the executive post of the Nation Group to focus on Nation’s sub-unit “Nation Media Innovation Center.”
For decades, Suthichai has been a major figure in Thailand’s journalist landscape.]

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The coming election will be a battle between these two

From Thairath, November 9, 2017
Title: Having good things in hands, don’t need to be afraid of big fists.
Sign on boxer at left: Come from people [meaning politicians who are elected]
On his shorts: Democracy
On shirt of the boxer at right: Return the happiness party [the junta’s motto is “return happiness to the people” thus this suggests that the military will form its own political party]
On his shorts: Appointing of friends
Phi Nooring: The big match next year.
Mouse: The good one will win.

[This means that the coming election will be battle between regular political parties and a military-based political party which has used its control of the government to use funds to buy support with its populist policies.]

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How to win hearts in the Thai Deep South?

From Manager, November 7, 2017
Soldier: How does Toon win the hearts of people in three southernmost provinces? My boss spends ten billion and thousands of soldiers, but still not win their hearts like this.
On the stone (a kilometer marker): Betong
Caption: Their boss should ask himself this

[Refers to rocker Artiwara Kongmalai, known as “Toon Bodyslam,” who commenced a 2,191 kilometer charity run from the southernmost Betong district in Yala province to Mae Sai, the northernmost district of Chiang Rai, to raise funds for 11 hospitals in Thailand.
Thailand’s three southernmost provinces have long been wracked by a separatist movement.
During his run, Toon received an overwhelmingly warm welcome from local people in the deep south and this seemed to foster a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere for a time.
The military, on the other hand, has utilized the Thai state’s traditional method of dealing with provincial unrest–pressuring locals to partake of economic incentives to give up resisting while torturing those who persist.
The cartoonist suggests the military learn from Toon’s successful run.]

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Watch for Prayuth in the next elections

From Naewna, November 4, 2017
PM Prayuth: For next year’s Loy Krathong, don’t forget to search for me.
Above each of the kratongs: Prayuth 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 [indicating each cabinet reshuffle which represents another new government]
On the hand: Election’ 61 [Election 2018]

[Refers to elections which are expected in 2018–late in the year around the time the annual Loy Krathong occurs in November.
The cartoon implies that junta leader and current PM Prayuth will certainly attempt to participate in the polls and thus we will still be hearing from him next year at Loy Krathong time.]

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Forgotten krathong

From Manager, November 2, 2017
Caption: Forgotten krathong

[Refers to the flood situation in some areas of the country. While the country enjoyed the Loy Krathong festival in November, many communities have had to contend with heavy flooding.
The media has seemed not to focus as heavily on the widespread flooding this year, perhaps due to junta pressure. In 2011 when flooding wracked the country, the Pheu Thai-led government was relentlessly criticized for its mismanagement of the situation.]

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Some just want elections

From Naewna, November 1, 2017
Above the candles: Bid farewell to the late King
Thaksin as a devil: Unlock [politics] for the election
Caption: Hell sends them to earth…

[The cartoonist comments that politicians who have called for elections during and after the mourning period for King Rama IX are acting inappropriately.
Examples of this are on the cover of the pro-Thaksin/Red Shirt Lokwannee magazine that stated “The time for flowers has passed, it is time for stones” and in pro-Thaksin editorial cartoons like Let the politicians go!
Junta critics would counter that the military has used every pretense to delay elections and stall political activity.]

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6 Years Ago: After just a few months in office, govt pushing hard for Thaksin pardon

After just a few months in office, government pushing hard for Thaksin pardon

…“It’s at the full discretion of his majesty (the king),” he said in Dubai…

…“The country is now facing a crisis and is in need of capable people to deal with it. All parties should help bring Thaksin back to work for the country”, Mr Pannawat said, adding that he believed Thaksin’s return would lead to a national reconciliation.

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Asylum for a rhino

From Manager, November 1, 2017
Top left: Will you seek asylum in our country?
Right: We can’t take it. You do this in the wrong place. You should go to…
Bottom left, fugitive PM Yingluck: Then, where should I seek asylum?
Bottom right: CITES’s London branch. Walk past two blocks and then turn right.

[This refers to the rumors that Yingluck would seek asylum in the UK. For Thaksin foes (such as Manager cartoonists) this is seen as yet another attempt for Thaksin to embarrass the country on the world stage.
The Thai word for rhino is similar to the word for slut. Thus to portray a woman as a rhino is to call her a slut.
More on this concept: The Burden of Being a Prominent Thai Woman–and Being Called a Slut]

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21 Years Ago: Newin’s canvassers caught red handed in vote buying

From 1996: Newin’s canvassers caught red handed in vote buying

This was part of the brief period in the 1990s when politicians were being held to account for corruption (Remembering Thai Dreams of Checks and Balances).

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Let the politicians go!

From Thairath, November 1, 2017
Title: Calling for the independence of the chickens in their hand.
Chickens say: Unlock
On the chickens: Politicians
Phi Nooring: Return the happiness to the chickens [mocking the junta’s motto of “returning happiness to the people”]
Mouse: Holding them tight, then they will die, but if you release them, then they can survive.

[Refers to the Thai proverb “chickens in someone’s hand” meaning someone who has fallen under the power of someone else.
This cartoon is yet another demanding that the junta lift its ban on political activities thus freeing politicians to prepare for future elections.]

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Weekly News Magazines: the Runner Succeeds Where the Junta Fails, November, 2017

From Siamrath weekly review, November 10-16, 2017
Main cover picture: Can’t cut [white] and can’t sell either

[The men in the picture are PM Prayuth Chan-ocha (left), General Chatchai Sarikulya (wearing glasses) and General Anupong Paochinda.
Refers to Thai proverb “Can’t cut and can’t sell either” referring to strong relationships that no one can break up. Such relationships are important in the Thai world where one’s position and security in business or politics is enabled by the cadre of associates one has developed over the years.
The cover illustrates the situation that PM Prayuth is now facing in his cabinet reshuffle. General Chatchai Sarikulya, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister, and Interior Minister General Anupong Paochinda are known as persons who have strong ties with PM Prayuth. General Chatchai is PM Prayuth’s military classmate (always the sign of a mutual obligation of support) while Gen. Anupong is a senior member of Prauyuth’s military clique and thought to be even more powerful that Prayuth in the junta overall.
Both Chatchai and Anupong have been criticized for their lackluster performance in their government posts. In a normal government, both might be shuffled out of the cabinet, but the mutual military obligations they share with Prayuth makes this unlikely.
This puts a spotlight on Prayuth’s assurances that he will consider cabinet posts based on the suitability rather than friendship. It seems unlikely he will actually be able to do so.]

From Matichon Weekly, November 10-16, 2017
Main cover picture: ‘Military’ [yellow] Party

[The man on the cover is Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan thought to be the most powerful figure in the junta. This refers to a rumor that the junta will set up a military party to compete in the coming elections.]

On the right side: Ustaz ‘feel good’ ‘Toon Bodyslam’ opens the good side of the three southern provinces

[Refers to charity run project established by famous rocker Artiwara Toon Kongmalai from Bodyslam band. He is running from the southernmost tip of Thailand to the north of the country in order to raise funds for 11 hospitals. When he started his run in the Thai Deep South, where a long-running separatist conflict persists, he received warm support from the locals. This seemed to present a contrast to the Thai military’s way of dealing with the situation, which has often consisted of brutal treatment of suspects and a heavy-handed approach. This article is an interview with an Ustaz, a professor or teacher in Islam, about Toon’s run.]

From Manager Weekly, November 11-17, 2017
Main cover reads: ‘Toon-Tu’ [yellow] Take One Step Each

[The men on the cover are General Anupong Paochinda, PM Prayuth Chan-ocha and Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan. And at the bottom left is Artiwara Toon Kongmalai.
This cover jokes about the popularity of the junta vs Artiwara Toon Kongmalai. Famous rocker Artiwara Toon Kongmalai set up a charity run project named ‘Take One Step Each’ to raise the funds for hospitals. This venture has made him spectacularly popular with the Thai public–even with alienated locals in the restive Thai Deep South.
In contrast, the ruling junta, led by PM Prayuth, General Anupong Paochinda and Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan is now facing several challenges, i8ncluding declining popularity, the economic situation and a cabinet reshuffle complicated by the number of high-ranking military men in the government who cannot easily be removed from their posts.
“Tu” is PM Prayuth’s nickname. The cover jokes that both Toon and Tu are taking a step forward–but perhaps Prayuth (“Tu”) faces a harder time doing so.]

Top: Saudi arrested the royal family-elites [red] involved with ‘corruption’ [black] paving the way for the crown price to be the ‘power’

[The men are Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal.
[Refers to the current power competition among the Saudi Arabia’s royal family.]

Bottom left: ‘Miss Kaewkam’ Tai-Yai girl who wins the hearts of Thai men

[Refer a new social media idol Kaewkam from Tai-Yai, an ethnic group living in the parts of Thailand and Myanmar.]

Bottom right: ‘Chakrit-Ann’ a new perfect love because of ‘a baby’

[Refers to the marriage of actor Chakrit Yamnam and to Pattira Ann Rungroj and news of a pregnancy. This was after his divorce from a well known model.]

From Lokwannee, November 11-17, 2017
Main cover reads: Isn’t it enough?

[Refers to polls conducted by various groups that show public support for the junta declining. The word “lick” is also an slang in Thai meaning to do something to curry favor with another. Anti-junta cartoonists will often show people licking the military’s boots.
Here, the cover seems to criticize pollsters (or perhaps others) attempt to curry favor with the junta with positive coverage.]

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When will they unlock the dangerous animal?

From Naewna, November 1, 2017
Caption: When will you unlock us?
On the tiger: Political party

[Refers to the impatience that politicians feel with the junta’s continuing ban on political activities.
Here politicians are represented as a “dangerous animal” often used to symbolize cunning and dangerous people to be around.]

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Weekly News Magazines: The time for flowers has passed, it is time for stones, November 3-10, 2017

From Manager Weekly, November 4-10, 2017
Main cover reads: Watch the royal crematorium. The god’s heaven.
[The royal crematorium combined various types of Thai traditional arts to pay respect to the late King as well as to illustrate traditional arts and culture.]

From Matichon Weekly, November 3-9, 2017

From Siamrath Weekly Review, November 3-9, 2017
[Cover picture shows King Rama X collecting the royal relics and the royal ashes of the late King Rama IX a day after the royal cremation on Oct 26, 2017.]

From Lokwannee, November 4-10, 2017
Main cover reads: The time for flowers has passed, it is time for stones
Inside a brown box on the right: Lokwanne turns 19 years old. [referring to the magazine’s anniversary]
[The cover shows marigolds, a flower related to honoring the late King, and a rock, presumably to be hurled in protest.
This cover message insinuates that the time for people to stay their hand has passed now that the royal cremation is complete and that it is now time for active agitation against the ruling military junta.
Combining royal allusions (marigolds for the King) and a call for violent protest (rock throwing) is unusual for the Thai media in general, but typical of the pro-Red Shirt, pro-Thaksin media that are usually eager to show that they are willing to employ taboo topics for their cause.]

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Sudarat is finished

From Manager, October 31, 2017
A man: Hey, sis… the important event ends!! Let go out to put a pressure on the NCPO to have an election. [this means that the Phea Thai Party has been eagerly awaiting the end of the mourning period for the late king so that new elections and political activity can begin]
Sudarat: Let me alone.
On a blue sign: Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan [mimicking the sign which was on the controversial convoy she headed]
On the jar: Asiatic pennywort juice [an herbal remedy]

[Refers to Sudarat Keyuraphan, a key member of the Phea Thai party who at one point had been anointed by Thaksin as the next head of the party.
She received strong criticism after she conducted a campaign-like convoy inviting people to grow marigold flowers to honor King Rama IX.
This political misstep seems to have doomed her chances of leading the Phea Thai Party for Thaksin in the next election. Odds makers now predict another another obscure Thaksin family member will lead the Phea Thai Party.
More on Sudarat’s fall.]

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From 2011: The Flood Comes to Bangkok

2011: The Flood Comes to Bangkok
2011: Thailand Floodwaters Threaten Second Honda Factory, Inner-Bangkok Industry

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Remember the bullet-proof child gods who led a brief Karen insurgency into Thailand in the 1990s?

Myanmar’s ‘God’s Army’ guerrilla twins reunite; 1 seeks new life, the other, fallen comrades – AP, November 2, 2013
When they were kids, Johnny and Luther Htoo were bulletproof and invulnerable to land mines — or so went the story that briefly made them famous as hundreds of guerrillas followed and even worshipped them in the southeastern jungles of Myanmar. Today, well over a decade later, their “God’s Army” is no more, and the twins’ greatest accomplishment may be that both are still alive…

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From 2009: Thaksin on a mission to humiliate Thai government

Thaksin on a mission to humiliate Thai government
…From cyberspace, Thaksin tweeted to his 40,000 Twitter followers that Abhisit’s recall of the Thai ambassador was a “childish overreaction.”
“I’m asking permission from all Thai people to advise the Cambodian government … until I have a chance to serve you again,” he tweeted separately, calling his new job “an honor…”

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14 Years Ago: Thaksin reveals his political successor

Thaksin: Somkid Jatusripitak My Successor

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Weekly News Magazines: Returning to Heaven, October, 2017

From Manager Weekly, October, 2017
Main cover reads: Return to heaven; 26 October 2017
[Covers this week refer to the royal cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.]

From Matichon Weekly, October 27-November 2, 2017
[Main cover picture shows the royal crematorium of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.]

From Siamrath Weekly Review, October 27-November 2, 2017
[Main cover picture shows the processions for the royal cremation the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.]

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6 Years Ago: Pheu Thai govt moves fast–Proposed law gives police power to shut news media

Proposed Thai law gives police power to shut news media

…In some respects, it is even worse than the original notorious Printing Act of 1941, which was the hallmark of press restriction under military dictatorship. No periodical renewal of a newspaper publishing license was mentioned. Under the new amendment, every publisher must apply for permission to have his license renewed every five years…

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