Weekly News Magazines, February 10-24, 2017

From Nation Weekend, February 10, 2017
Main cover reads: Somdet Phra Maha Muniwong. 20th Supreme Patriarch

[Refers Somdet Phra Maha Muniwong, the abbot of Wat Ratchabophit, appointed by the King Rama X to be the new Supreme Patriarch of Thailand.
The appointment of the new Supreme Patriarch has been a long-controversial issue. Somdet Phra Maha Ratchamangalacharn, or Somdet Chuang, the abbot of Wat Pak Nam Phasi Charoen, was the most senior of eight candidates for Supreme Patriarch and would normally have been appointed to the post.
However, due to his close ties with Dhammayachao, the abbot of the controversial Dhammakaya sect, and that sect’s ties with Thaksin’s political machine, his appointment was stalled and eventually thwarted.]

From Matichon Weekly, February 10-17, 2017
Main cover reads: 20th Supreme Patriarch in the King Rama X
On the cover: H.E. King Maha Vajiralongkorn (Rama X) and Somdet Phra Maha Muniwong

From Manager Weekly, February 11-17, 2017
The quote: “I don’t have any money. I don’t collect even Phra Ajan Phan’s coins. I don’t have it. I also don’t have a car.” Somdet Phra Ariyavongsagatayan. The supreme patriarch (Amporn Amparo)
Main cover reads: (yellow) 20th Supreme Patriarch (light yellow) of Rattanakosin [meaning he is the 20th Supreme Patriarch of the Rattanakosin era]

[Refers to an appointment of the new supreme patriarch. The King Rama X appointed Somdet Phra Maha Muniwong (or Phamaha Amporn Amparo) to be the 20th Supreme Patriarch in the Rattanakosin era.
The article notes his peaceful and calm personality that is welcomed by Thai people.
The quote on the cover is intended to draw a contrast with Somdet Phra Maha Ratchamangalacharn, or Somdet Chuang, the abbot of Wat Pak Nam Phasi Charoen. He was the most senior of the eight candidates for Supreme Patriarch and would normally take the post.
However Somdet Chuang is know for his collection of luxury cars and his connection with the Dhammakaya sect which preaches that donations can create a type of internal nirvana. He is also facing tax evasion charges on luxury cars donated to his temple.]

From Lokwannee, February 18-24, 2017
Main cover reads: All are cool

Top-left: Are you cool? inside a car
[Refers to the incident which 50-year-old engineer shot at a group of teenagers after they had an argument over a parking space. “Are you cool?” is what the teenagers shouted at the man.]

Top-right: Just shot them – inside a car
[Refer to the same the incident above. “Just shot them” was said by the man’s wife and recorded on the car camera during the incident.]

Middle left: Leader – inside a car
[Refers to the leaders of political groups including the Yellow Shirts (symbolized by a hand clapper), the Red Shirts (symbolized by a foot clapper), and the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (symbolized by a whistle).]

Middle right: Election supporter – inside a car
[Refers to political parties: the Democrat Party (symbolized by the Thokkathan-Mother Earth statue) and the Pheu Thai Party (symbolized by a crab which is former PM Yingluck’s nickname).]

Bottom left: Justice – inside a car
[Refers to the justice system which Red Shirts and pro-Thaksin groups question as being biased.]

Bottom right: Sovereignty – inside a car
[Refers to the junta who is now holds supreme power to govern the country.]

[We are not sure what this cover means exactly. However, all of them include the words, “in the car.” It may imply that those groups noted on placards were try to act cool. However, when it comes to the real situation in the real world, they act different.
So it is possibly ironic–people tout “justice” or “sovereignty (for the people),” but the reality is much different as there is no real justice or sovereignty for the people.]

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