Weekly News Magazines, August 7-14, 2015

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From Matichon Weekly, August 7-13, 2015
Main cover reads: ODE TO ROAD MAP map-map

[The man on the cover is Suthep Thaugsuban. Refers to the junta’s road map for reforming the country and returning to democracy. The junta recently has been criticized for having no actual road map and for really wanting to draw out the return to democracy.
Meanwhile, People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader Suthep has left the monkhood and it is rumored that he will support the secret junta roadmap to extend the junta’s time in power.
On the cover, “map-map” in Thai is used to imply that there is no real roadmap to reform the country.]

On a top-right corner: Virakarn Musigapong ‘forgiveness’

[Refers to a Red Shirt leader Virakarn who committed suicide. The picture was taken during the funeral.]

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From Manager Weekly, August 8-14, 2015
Main cover reads: A guideline for Biking for Mom

[Refers to the ‘Bike for Mom’ event to celebrate the Queen’s 83rd birthday. This event will be conducted throughout the country on August 16, 2015.]

Bottom right (girl with a car): ‘Manfa’ from a woman of ‘Dedpee’ to ‘Son-yuke’

[Refers to the celebrity Manfa who was rumored to be the girlfriend of Pheu Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit (also know in the media as ‘Dedpee’ meaning brother). Recently, a new rumor has her dating popular actor Son-yuke.]

Bottom (the man): Jailed ‘Chonsawat’
Stop the legend of ‘Paknum godfather’
Waiting for days to return.

[Refers to famous Samut Prakan politician, Chonsawat Asawahame, who was jailed for 18 months due to malfeasance and intention to violate the law during the 1999 election. The Asawahame family is one of a collection of families that still control areas of the country as their personal political and business fiefdoms.]

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From Nation Weekend, August 7, 2015
Main cover reads: Lonely ‘Golden horse family’

[Refers to famous Samut Prakan politician Chonsawat Asawahame who was jailed for 18 months due to malfeasance and intention to violate the law during the 1999 election. He and his father, former ex-cabinet member in Wattana Asawahame, have the same fate. His father was been sentenced in jail for corruption charges but fled the country. “Asawahame” means “golden horse.”]

Top right: life story
Live as ‘Singha’
Leave as ‘Singha’

[Refers to a Red Shirt leader Virakarn’s son Prachtip Musigapong (whose nickname is Singha) who committed suicide. He is a famous guitarist of the “Sqweez Animal” band.]

1st headline on the left side: Flooding in Myanmar
2nd headline on the left side: Famous monk ‘Luangpo Nan’ helps the farmers to grow rice.]

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From Lokwannee, August 10, 2015
Main cover reads: Return Happiness
To Suthep
To shutdown (again)
On the billboard: Reform before election
Episode 2

[This sarcastic cover refers to the return of People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader Suthep. He announced he would support the junta on a plan to reform the country before having elections. This is seen as a way to prolong junta rule and stall elections.
In Thai, if we combine the yellow letters, it will read “NCPO” (the National Council for Peace and Order, or the junta). This cover implies that there will be no change in Thai political situation soon and the time of reforming the country to forestall elections will be extended.]

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