From Manager Weekly, July 1-7, 2017
Main cover reads: Don’t buy it.
[Refers to the rumor about former PM Thanksin Shinawatra would take over BEC World Plc., the operator of Channel 3 TV. However, BEC executives denied this. The rumor was started after former executives of the AIS, founded by Thaksin, began working with the BEC world.
Thaksin’s time as prime minister was noted for his attempts to buy up and thus control media that might be critical of his rule.]
Top: Big Pom’s younger brother, Big Dong’s relatives in the ‘alternative energy business’ use Article 44 proving their ways
The men from left to right: former Gen. Nipon Sitabutr, Mr. Sithawat Wongsuwan, former police chief Pol Gen. Patcharawat Wongsuwan
[Refers to men who have close ties with the junta who became executive board members of many alternative energy companies. Recently the junta has used Article 44 to allow the companies related to alternative energy development to use land in a land reform area. Former Gen. Nipon is a relative of Deputy Defense Minister Udomdej Sitabutr while Mr. Sithawat and former police chief Pol Gen. Patcharawat are younger brothers of Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan.]
Bottom left: The governor race is too small. Maybe the dream of [orange] ‘Madam Pang’ is far more than that.
[Refers to former manager of national women soccer team Nualphan Lamsam’s future in politics after there is a rumor that she plans to contest the Bangkok governor election or join the same team with former ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan to compete in the race. However, due to her popularity, some people think she may dream to return to the politics and become a government minister in the future.]
Bottom right: “It will be getting better.” Stop drinking to help liver.
[Refers to a health column about the campaign from the Thai Health Promotion Foundation to encourage people to stop drinking during Buddhist Lent day]
From Matichon Weekly, June 2-8, 2017
Main cover reads: 21 June Crying
[Refers to former PM Yingluck Shinawatra who celebrated her birthday on 21 June. Surrounded by her supporters, Yingluck was crying while she was wishing on her birthday that the junta will treat her fairly. She is facing charges over her government’s rice-pledging scheme. Her on-camera crying was widely discussed in the Thai world with critics claiming she was simply playing to the public for sympathy.]
Top: ‘Rip out’ [meaning something like] the unclear line of a [white] ‘sexy’ [yellow] of 3 famous models [white] Cherry-Mookies-Argie
[The women from left to right are Mookies-Argie-Cherry–three sexy internet idols who are now very popular.
“Rip out” meaning something like to “bring out” to delineate or judge between the sexiness of the girls. “Unclear line” means it is not certain which is the sexiest.]
From Siamrath Weekly Review, June 30-July 6, 2017
Main cover reads: Drama of [white] politics
Woman in cover: Former PM Yingluck Shinawatra
[Refers to former PM Yingluck Shinawatra who celebrated her birthday on June 21. She cried as she wished for fairness from the junta over her court cases related to the rice-pledging scheme.]
From Lokwannee, July 10-16, 2017
Main cover reads: Having good governance… then what you have to be afraid of?
[Refers to the controversial deal to buy high-speed trains from China. This deal has been criticized by several groups including experts, academics and other business groups questioning the benefits Thailand would get from the deal. The government used Article 44 to expedite this deal raising concerns about the transparency of the deal.]