Weekly News Magazines, August 28-September 4, 2015


From Matichon Weekly, August 28-September 3, 2015
Main cover reads: Constitution
War… love …. And don’t love ‘Tu’
[This cover parodies the upcoming movie poster for ‘Freelance’ showing Abhisit and Yingluck in place of the film actors.
The draft constitution has been criticized, particularly from political parties, as being a tool for the military to maintain their power. “Tu” is the nickname of PM Prayuth.]
At top right: Prayuth ‘appoints’
Somkid ‘does’
To prove the ability
[Refers to the appointment of a new economic team led by former financial minister Somkid Jatusripitak to be in charge of spurring economic growth.]


From Lokwannee, August 28, 2015
Main cover reads: People on the top?
The rule of law is the highest?
[Refers to the draft constitution which has been criticized for not allowing the public to participate in its drafting and for trying to maintain the power of the junta.]


From ASTV/Manager Weekly, August 92-Sep 4, 2015
Main cover reads: Deputy [in tiny lettering] [yellow] Real [white] PM
Man on the cover: Somkid Jatusripitak
[Refers to the appointment of the new economic team led by former financial minister Somkid Jatusripitak to be in charge of spurring economic growth of the country.
This appointment of a former Thaksin ally and top-rated economic thinker implies that the military realizes they are not up to running the country and thus will allow professional to actually make the decisions.]
Top-right: Disclose
Handsome lady
Now hottest
[This is the story of a transgender person, Yanicha Mahauudomporn, in social media right now.]
Bottom left: [white] Disclose a secret of [pink] ‘Ratchaprosong bomb’
[white] the story which [green] NCPO can’t speak
[green] can’t tell
[Refers to an attempt to catch the suspect of the bombing at Ratchprasong intersection. The NCPO stands for the National Council for Peace and Order.]


From Nation Weekend, August 28, 2015
Main cover reads: Commander-in-chief ‘Hungkaung’
[Refers to former finance minister Somkid Jatusripitak who was appointed to be new economic head of the junta to stimulate the country’s economic growth. He is a half-Thai-Chinese and Hungkaung is his Chinese name.
Like the ASTV/Manager Weekly cover above, this implies that the junta is acknowledging they do not have the skills to run the country and its economy.]

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