Weekly News Magazines, February 14, 2014

Nation Weekend_14 Feb

From Nation Weekend, February 14, 2014
Cover reads: Love rice farmers
[According to the article the government’s failure to sell rice in the world market because of the unrealistically high price and widespread corruption in every step of the project the government had struggled to find money to pay for the rice farmers. The problem became worse after the parliament was dissolved and the then government’s status reduced to a caretaker government because of its limited authority. Currently, the Caretaker Government owes 130 billion baht. To date, 11 farmers committed suicide because of lack of payments. Rice farmers across the country, therefore, decided to demonstrate demanding the Caretaker Government pay them.]

Matichon Weekly_14 Feb

From Matichon Weekly, February 14, 2014
Cover reads: One question, million answers
[Reference is to suggestion from some public figures, such as M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula, an economist and former deputy prime minister and finance minister in the interim civilian government during 2006-2007, that the Caretaker Government led by the Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra should resign from the Caretaker-ship so that a neutral government can be formed. This one question/suggestion leads to million answers because it’s almost impossible to find ‘neutral’ people to form a ‘neutral’ government that will be accepted by every party.]

ASTV Manager Weekly_15 Feb

From ASTV Manager Weekly, February 15, 2014
Cover reads: Alas Thai rice farmers
Left column, from top: Rising costs – fertilizer, insecticide, fuel; Cheated by rice millers/government – 15,000 baht payment delayed by 6 months, cheating scales, price deduction for dampness, buying for 5,000-6,000 baht/ton (still unpaid); BAAC [Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives] doesn’t have money – the government hasn’t paid yet, commerce ministry hasn’t sold the rice, 19 million tons remain in stock, G-to-G [government-to-government deal] with China is fake; Thaksin [Shinawatra] thinks, Poo [nickname of the Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra] gets it done, the sister [Yaowapha Wongsawat, sister of Thaksin] becomes rich, Ame, Ung Ing [Pinthongtha and Phaethongthan, two Thaksin daughters] travel abroad.
Right column, from top: No banks lend because of: the government’s incredible status; no trustworthiness, customers flock for withdrawal; new round of economic crisis; Solutions: borrow from loan sharks with 20% interest rates; sell property – rice fields, buffaloes, trackers; committing suicide (10 did so far): The government’s devilish plots and plans – set rice warehouses on fire, divide the rice farmers [turn them against each other], blame the protesters and banks, conspire with the Krung Thai Bank to grant loans to rice millers and traders
[Reference is to the Pheu Thai government’s rice pledging project. The project has been opposed and criticized for corruption. Also, the government has failed to sell the rice and is not able to pay farmers.]

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