Weekly News Magazines, August 26-September 2, 2016


From Nation Weekend, August 26, 2016
Main cover reads: Communism hasn’t died yet.

[Refers to the news about the establishment of new communist groups in Thailand.]

Top right: ‘Good’ PM. ‘Outside’ PM. An old story being repeated.

[The man in the picture is PM Prayuth. Refers to the new constitution which will allow an unelected PM. Many expect that this will allow current Prime Minister Prayuth to retain his position.]

Other headlines: The legend of [yellow] ‘Seub’ 30 years at Cheow Lan

[Refers to the 26th anniversary of the death of Thai conservationist Seub Nakhasathien. Among his well-known works to protect animals and forests, he was also known for trying to help animals at the Cheow Lan dam in 1986.]

Anaconda [white] How did it come to Thailand?

[Refers to an anaconda illegally brought to Thailand.]

3. Bad joke for intelligence. Arrest the [red] “Red in Ban Bangkhae”

[Refers to the arrest of elderly Red Shirts in connection with the Mother’s Day bombings. “Ban Bangkhae” is the name of a senior centre. This headline mocks the idea of arresting elderly people.]

4. Street Fighters [yellow] Arena of Men.

[Refers to a group of informal street fighters who planned to expand their tournaments nationwide. However, the authorities have tried to halt their plans with legal threats.]


From Matichon Weekly, Aug 26-Sep 1, 2016
Main cover reads: To enter from an alley and exit at ‘PM’s’ gate

[The man is PM Prayuth Chan-ocha. In the picture, PM Prayuth promoted the food truck project named ‘Noonich’ launched by Minister of Commerce.
This headline uses the Thai idiom “To enter from an alley and exit at a gate” meaning to do something thing properly or follow the rules. This headline seems to imply that to return to a normal country will only come following PM Prayuth’s decision.]

Top right: Add more 16 pages. Xclusive. The world is in her hands.

[This is an advertisement for Matichon’s exclusive magazine. The latest issue is about the powerful women in Thailand and the world.]


From Manager Weekly, August 27-September 2, 2016
Main cover reads: Tiger [red] fights [black] with Tiger [red] taking a power from Pom.

[At left is PM Prayuth Chan-ocha and at right is Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan (nicknamed “Pom”).
Refers to the nominee of the new army chief. Nominated is Assistant Army Chief Gen. Chalermchai Sitthisart who does not come from the Eastern Tigers clique of military officers who conducted the 2014 coup and who have dominated the country since then.
Despite the foreign media focus on the antics of PM Prayuth, Deputy PM Prawit is the real power in the government.
The surprise nomination of Gen. Chalermchai is thought to be a way for other Eastern Tigers to reduce Prawit’s power in the wake of his inability to prevent the Mother’s Day bomb attacks.]

Top left: Bye ‘Chai Moo’ – Being Released from the governor post (finally)

[Refers to Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra (nicknamed “Chai Moo”) who was suspected from his post under the Article 44 due to scandals and project irregularities.
The headline refers’ to Sukhumbhand’s infamous quote in response to press questions about Bangkok flooding–“It’s not flooding. It’s just the water waiting to be released.” So the headline jokes that the governor is the one being released]

Top right: Street Fighter. A manly way to fight on the street

[Refers to a street fighting league that wishes to expand nationwide.]

Bottom: 3 kind and sexy girls were known in one night

[Refers a girl who posted a photo with two of her friends on Facebook. Others seemed to misunderstand the post and reposted it asking people to help them because they were so poor. The girls denied they were asking for money and took the photo when they went to help out at a charity shelter.]


From Lokwannee, Aug 27-Sep2, 2016
Main cover reads: Southern ghost. Using “Thaksin’s” name still works after all this time

[Refers to bombing attacks in many places during the Mother’s day, particularly in the southern parts of Thailand. The junta said that the bomb was related to political conflict. This clearly referred to Thaksin. The cover mocks the junta’s claim and implies that the accusations were just used to scare people.]

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