Red Publications – September 2009

Red publications index

From Voice of Taksin, September 16-30, 2009

The cover reads: 3 years of the coup of the influential - Bomb the aristocrats - DESTROY [slay] aristocrats [a grenade is in front of the seal of the Democrat Party]
Smaller headline: Da Torpedo, prison of the lese majeste… final, but not last
Smaller headline: Victim of Songkran bloodshed contacts police to file charges against Abhisit

[It is this kind of rhetoric from the "Voice of Taksin" that keeps the local authorities alert concerning the aims of Red Shirt protests despite Thaksin's public calls for a peaceful protest.]

From Voice of Taksin, September 16-30, 2009

The headline reads: The end of Nepalese King, the collapse of the Monarchy of the Himalayas

Source: Thai Red News, September 1-15, 2009

The cover reads: MP Manit - "Constitution of the robber cannot be revised - Seize the Democracy"

[Manit refers to former MP Manit Jitjanklub, a Red Shirt supporter, who claims that the 2007 constitution is stealing democracy from the people. It means that any constitution revision by the military-backed government (meaning the Democrats) will not be acceptable.

This headline mirrors some of the Red Shirt statements during the Songkran 2009 incidents that stated that the Red Shirts cannot be violating any laws with their actions since they are only seizing the state back from "thieves."]

From Truth Today, Column: Want to have something to ponder, Author: Nutthawut Saikue, September 22-24, 2009
The headline reads: Tosakan Game
The letter on the back of the stage reads: 3 years against the aristocrat - Establishing a new Thai State
[Tosakan refers to legendary Giant in the Thai Ramakien story. Tosakan is used by the Red Shirts to symbolize the aristocrat destroying the democracy of the people. Establishing the new state should refers to the state without the aristocracy.]

From Truth Today, September 25-28, 2009
The headline reads: Please consider - Choosing the bloodthirsty PAD or the pacifist UDD?

From Truth Today, September 25-28, 2009
The title reads: Slice “Noppadon” - Sacrifice for the Preah Vihear !!!?

[This is from a quote Thaksin made on one of this Twitters: Noppadon is going to be sliced or sacrificed to take sin of the Preah Vihear case. This means former Foreign Minister Noppadon is going to face charges on the Preah Vihear case as Noppadon was Thaksin's close aide.

In 2008 the Samak government with then Foreign Minister Noppadon drafted a memorandum concerning the temple which is alleged to be in violation of the constitution that requires parliamentary approval on border issues.

The timing of the memorandum was strange coming during a period when the government maintained that no government activity could be undertaken since the country was in turmoil and the constitution would have to be amended first. Cabinet meetings during 2008 are largely devoid of any activity other than official appointments and some reports from government agencies. At the time there were suspicions that the memorandum was a prid pro quo for business deals Thaksin was allegedly engaged in in Cambodia. The PAD whipped up a nationalistic fervor about the issue and have repeatedly tried to provoke an incident at the border--first during the People Power Party government and now to pressure the Democrat-led government over its conciliatory attitude toward PAD enemies like Newin and behind-the-scenes talks with Thaksin.]

From Truth Today, September 25-28, 2009
The headline reads: Suthep agrees to revise 2 articles

[Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Tuaksuban gave a speech expressing that the government is sincere in the constitution revision issue. According to the article, the government is discussing revising two articles with its coalition parties. The writer maintains that the government is doing this for the benefit of their own party as a revision of article 237 would free the Democrats from future dissolution. Overall, the writer is seeking to show the government only wants to revise two articles and are doing it only for themselves.
Various criticisms like this will likely grow as the government attempts to co-opt the constitutional revisions issue from the pro-Thaksin groups and draw out the process--thus forcing the pro-Thaksin groups to oppose the process.]

From: Truth Today, September 25-28, 2009
The headline reads: Conflicts (legal differences and disagreements) and changes are unending

From: Truth Today, Column: Want to have something to think, Author: Nuttawut Saikua, September 25-28, 2009
The headline reads: Go [Step down or resign] because you are ashamed… return for selling the nation
[the Red Shirts are referring to PM Abhisit who they wish to resign]

 







From Naew Ruam Red /Northern Red Post, August 28, 2009
The cover reads: Checkmate situation [Or "The situation: Checkmate"] - Pushing the head of aristocrats [Prem] or they are tricking us? - The war to test the will [mental strength] - Without breakup [or "without the fall of one"], there will be no absolute win
[This refers to the belief that if the conflict or political war does not reach a political breakup or revolution, there would be no victory as a such a political rupture would be the only way to return Thaksin to power.]

From Naew Ruam Red /Northern Red Post, August 28, 2009
The headline reads: Checkmate situation [Or "The situation: Checkmate"] - The war to test the will [mental strength] - Without breakup [or "without the fall of one"], there will be no absolute win

Red News, September 4, 2009
The headline reads: The Nakorn Sawan Red shirt people gather the day before filing a petition

From: Voice of Thaksin, Column: Kom Khwam Kid Jit Pollajan, September 1-15, 2009
The headline reads: The story of Khun Thong-Prem’s birthday
[The name of HM King’s dog is Khun Thong Daeng. The article uses a similar syllable to create the word “Thong-Prem” which is another provocative attack on Prim Councilor Prem.]



Moon Wien Plien Tid by Wiphuthalaeng Pattanapoomthai, Truth Today, September 4-7, 2009
The headline reads: Who destroys the honor of Thai judiciary system and the Thai Army?

The Red Station by Jatuporn Promphan, Truth Today, September 4-7, 2009
The headline reads: Merely stand firm, the path to success is not far from us

Hitler, the Thai version - cartoon by Uthen, Thai Red News, September 4-10, 2009
At the top: Hitler, the Thai version
Abhisit (dressed as Hitler) says: As long as I have power [power in hand], don’t you dare hope that democracy will flourish. Hi [probably meaning heil]
The sign above the people reads: Red people
The word on the sword: National security bill



From Voice of Taksin, September 1-15, 2009

From Truth Today, September 4-7, 2009
The cover reads: Concert close to the battlefield - with who? [meaning "who is the battle with?" or perhaps "who are they battling?"]
The words on the back of the stage read: The exquisite voice, voice of Paijit - Paijit Aksornnarong

From Voice of Taksin, column by Jarupong Ruangsuwan, former Permanent, Secretary of the Labor and Justice Ministry, September 1-15, 2009
The headline reads: Prem, the Prince - Love the music, love the land 5 - Sweet melody from the Si Sao residence
[This is one of the common pro-Thaksin group attacks: that Prem acts like he is royalty. The musical reference apparently refers to a music CD launched by Prem who lives in the Ban Si Sao residence.]

From Red News, September 4, 2009
The headline reads: The meaning of the strategy of bloody Songkran, part 2 (the ending [or last part])
[Explains the Songkran situation was caused by the military cracking down on peaceful protesters.]

From Truth Today, cartoon by Met, September 4-7, 2009
Prime Minister Abhisit is dumping food in the trough as saying: The food is here, come to eat.
The animals represent the government coalition parties and personalities: Bhumjaithai, Chartthai Pattana, etc.

[In some ways this is true as the government has tried to stress that things are back to normal and that projects and policies are being implemented (including ample helpings of pork). This is to keep political parties in the government--especially politicians who were part of the People Power Party-led government. In 2008, the People Power Party-led government refused to pass legislation or form government committees--in effect, holding the government in limbo until constitutional amendments could be passed to allow a path for Thaksin to return.]

Truth Today, Column: Red Station by Jatuporn Promphan, September 11-14, 2009
The headline reads: September 19, the Aristocracy Day - Bliss to aristocrats, ruin to the country

Voice of Taksin, Column: Telling story in the easy style of Jit Poomisak, September 1-15, 2009
The headline reads: History – the reform [revolution] against the capitalists (part 2) – A battle of thoughts before the change of an era

From Voice of Taksin, September 1-15, 2009

The cover reads: 3 devils of the age insistently defiant to the unlawful power [meaning the three leaders of the Red Shirts are strongly fighting against the government which they consider illegitimate]

From Truth Today, September 11-14, 2009

The cover reads: Turn the plaintiffs into the defendants

[The recent NCCC ruling stated that former PM Somchai, Deputy PM Chavolit, the police chief and others who were part of the People Power Party government structure are culpable for the events of October 2008. This was when the government attempted to disperse a PAD rally at the entrance to parliament with disastrous results as tear gas canisters exploded near protesters, blowing off limbs and resulting in some deaths. The cover means that the government official are really the wronged ones (plaintiffs), because the PAD rallied unjustly against them and later the People Power Party was banned and the government collapsed.]

From Thai Red News, cartoon by Uthen, September 1-15, 2009

The big man is saying: I have told you, didn’t I? When giving interview with someone, do follow the schedule only!!
The man whose back is against the wall is making a crying noise: Ak, ak
The man in the window is saying: Mr Jom’s hard time, then.
The dog wearing sunglasses is saying: who said that the media is not blocked!!

[This refers to the recent incident when Jom Petchpradab interviewed Thaksin Shinawatra live on government radio MCOT 100.5. The big man is Democrat Minister to PM’s Office Sathit Wongnongtoey, who chairs the Government’s Public Relations Department board and MCOT. After the Thaksin interview, it was his job to ban live messages from Thaksin on government-run stations. This prompted criticism of the government over freedom of the press issues.

However, this is also part of the psy-ops being waged against the government. While Prime Minister Abhisit cannot give a TV broadcast without sabotage disrupting or cutting off his broadcast during the speech, Thaksin has demonstrated he has the influence from abroad to appear on government radio.]

From Voice of Taksin, September 16-30, 2009

The headline reads: 18 years jail sentence to Da Torpedo - Synopsis of the lese majeste cases after September 19, 2006
From Voice of Taksin, September 16-30, 2009

The headline reads: Secret (VDO) clip - “Mark” must be investigated

["Mark" is the nickname of PM Abhisit. This refers to the events of April 2009 when Red Shirt groups attempted to seize Bangkok.]

From Truth Today, September 15-17, 2009

The cover reads: Silent! - Where have all undergraduate students gone?

[This articles points out the role of undergraduate students that once played an important role in political change in the past--such as in political upheavals in 1973, 1976, and 1992. The photo implies that students today are attending nightclubs instead of being interested in political events like in the past.]

From Truth Today, September 22-24, 2009
The cover reads: 3 years against the aristocracy
[The photos are in a silhouette of Privy Council President Prem who Thaksin and the Red Shirts have blamed for instigating the coup of 2006.]

From Thai Red News, September 18-24, 2009
The headline reads: Changing the September 19th crisis to create democracy [On the cover are Thaksin, former Prime Minister Samak, Former Prime Minister Somchai, and former Prime Minister and Army Chief Chavolit--all top Thaksin-aligned politicians in the post-coup era.]
At the top by the Chavolit photo: special report, red news - Bring harmony to democracy

From Truth Today, Column: Red station, Author: Jatuporn Prompan, September 22-24, 2009
The title reads: 3 years of the coup - The sinful heritage of the aristocracy

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