From Lokwannee, December 5-11, 2015
Main cover reads: Corruption… It is just all in your mind!
[We are not sure about the cover and the meaning of the monkeys. The corruption mentioned refers to the Rajabhakti Park scandal. The article contends that if the junta insists it is transparent they should not be afraid to answer all queries from public related to the scandal.]
From Manager Weekly, December 5-11, 2015
Main cover reads: Didn’t you say you won’t leave me?
[The man on the cover is Deputy Defence Minister and ex-army commander Gen. Udomdej Sitabutr.
Refers to Rajabhakti Park scandal constructed under the supervision of Deputy Defence Minister Gen. Udomdej Sitabutr while he was army chief. The scandal has been used to impact the junta who has been promoting transparency and anti-corruption. Recently, there was a rumor that Dep. Defence Minister Gen. Udomdej would be dismissed from his current position.]
Left side: Mission of [blue] CIA [white] to fight Article 112
[The man in the photo is US ambassador to Thailand Glyn T. Davies. This refers to Thai suspicions that the US government wants to end Thailand’s monarchy and return Thaksin to power for its own interests.]
Bottom left: Yala [black] is fun. Be fooled again!!
[Refers to a joke made by Note Udom, a famous comedian, int his stand up routine. He talked about his experiences traveling to one of the southernmost provinces, Yala, However, most of the audience did not like how he made fun from the tragedy of the southern people.]
Bottom right: Test [blue] ‘Mark’ Kill [red] ‘Chai Moo’ If still [bold] ‘don’t dare’ [normal letter] then [red] be ‘defeated’
[The man in the picture is Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva.
Refers to the internal conflict inside the Democrat Party. Recently, there is unofficial news that ML Sukhumbhand (known as Chai Moo) was kicked out of the party due to his unsatisfying performances as Bangkok Governor. Many members keep pressure on Abhisit to dismiss ML Sukhumbhand from the party.]
From Matichon Weekly, December 4-10, 2015
Main cover reads: Do nothing ‘wrong’? ‘Afraid’ of what?
[The men in the photo are the Red Shirt leaders Nattawut and Jatuporn.
This refers to the arrest of two Red Shirt leaders Nattawut and Jatuporn because of their plan to rally at the controversial Rajabhakti Park to call for an investigation of the scandal.]
Top right: From Kristie to Davies [red] American (still) dangerous???
[Refers to the US supposed intervention in Thailand’s internal affairs. Kristie Kenney was former US ambassador to Thailand (here and here) and her successor is Glyn Davies.]
From Nation Weekend, December 4, 2015
Main cover reads: Lonely under the shadow of P.
[The man on the cover is Deputy Defense Minister and ex-army commander Gen. Udomdej Sitabutr.
Refers to Rajabhakti Park scandal constructed under the supervision of Deputy Defence Minister Gen. Udomdej Sitabutr when he was army chief. The scandal has impacted the junta who has been promoting transparency and anti-corruption.
Recently, there was a rumor that Dep. Defence Minister Gen.Udomdej would be dismissed from his current post.
“P” stands for PM Prayuth and also Deputy PM Prawit who are also members of the Eastern Tiger group with Gen. Udomdej. The article implies that Gen. Udomdej has been left out in the cold with the blame for the scandal.]
Left: ‘Newin-Somyos’ [white] shake [yellow] ‘Banyee’ [white] to complete the president of Thai football
[The man in the picture is former police chief Somyos Pumpanmuang.
Refers to the new election to replace Thailand Football Association president Worawi Makudi, known as Bangyee. There are well-known people, such as former politician Newin and former police chief Somyos, joining the race.]
First headline: Thepchai Yong [the author of the article]
[yellow] New American ambassador [white] being in trouble sooner than expected
[Refers to Thepchai’s article writing about the new US ambassador to Thailand and his controversial comments before the King’s birthday week celebrations criticizing prosecutions for lese majeste.]
‘Poo’ [former PM Yingluck] has no right to be an MP [white] don’t allow following the new constitution
[Refers the draft constitution which will not allow people involved in corruption to run as a member of parliament. This is thought to target former PM Yingluck who is involved with the rice pledging scheme.]
Strong!! 5 tigers of NACC – A power to fight corruption- [or] dismiss [it]
[Refers to new five members of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC). The word ‘Strong’ is a famous word from the Thai reality show ‘The Face.’]