From Siamrath Weekly Review, December 21-27, 2018
Main cover reads: This hour for [red] devil class
[Refers to a intense competition among the parties to win the coming election. Parties such as the Democrat Party led by Abhisit Vejjajiva (pictured) and Pheu Thai Party headed by de-facto leader Sudarat (pictured) are expected to perhaps join forces to balance or even block the formidable pro-military block from gaining power. Also pictured to the right is Anuthin Charnvirakul from the Bhumjaithai Party–thought to be pro-junta, but such a party only exists to be in power so they will try to join in any coalition they can.
Also: an earlier editorial cartoon speculating on a junta-Democrat alliance
Also: Another Thai news weekly dies as this week is the last for Siamrath Weekly Review.]
From Matichon Weekly, December 21-27, 2018
Main cover reads: Welfare… state
In the picture, pro-Prayuth politicians are on the left consisting of Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana from the Palang Pracharath party, Suthep Thaugsuban from the Action Coalition for Thailand Party, Kanchana Silpa-archa from the Chat Thai Party and Anuthin Charnvirakul from the Bhumjaithai Party.
On the right, the pro-Thaksin alliance consists of Sudarat Keyuraphan from the Pheu Thai Party, Chaturon Chaisang from Thai Raksa Chart Party, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit from the Future Forward Party, and others we do not know.
[The cover uses the pronunciation of the word “Ratsawatdikan” or “welfare state.” Ratsawatdi-ka-ka-kan is an echo sound. “Ka” also means to make a mark. So the words means that all the parties are trying to promote the welfare state for attracting voters.
Most political parties including the pro-Prayuth alliance and pro-Thaksin alliance promote various money giveaways to the public in order to win support, particularly from the poor.]
Top: ‘Good books’ coming to you. ‘Matichon’ joins hands with ‘BEM’ giving away 40 free titles of 3,000 books activity Book [email protected] MRT X’mas Festival
[Refers to a free book giveaway at subway stations.]
From Manager Weekly, December 22-28, 2018
Main cover reads: Steamed bun is an alarmist.
[Refers to Thaksin’s sister Yaowapa Wongsawat. Recently, there was a rumor that she is planning to flee Thailand as she is afraid she will soon be charged over the rice pledging scheme.
To be called “steamed bun” means she has a chubby face. As the most powerful behind-the-scenes politician during the Pheu Thai-Yingluck government era, Yaowapa was often characterized as a stereotypical fat Chinese woman becoming fat from corruption.]
Top: My Hero 2018 [black] “Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn” “Chief Vichien Shinawong”
[Refers to hero of the year selected by Manager consisting of former Governor of Chiang Rai Narongsak Osottanakorn [right] who played an important role in the cave rescue along with wildlife sanctuary chief Vichien Shinwong (left) who dared to apprehend tycoon Premchai Karnasuta on charges of allegedly poaching protected animals.]
Bottom left: Without [yellow] “Doctor Sert” Miss Universe 2018 could not occur
[Refers to Thai billionaire businessman and former surgeon Prasert Prasarthong. He was the main sponsor of the Miss Universe 2018 pageant in Thailand.]