Weekly News Magazines: Getting Ready for Elections, December, 2018

From Manager Weekly, December 8-14, 2018
Main cover reads: Santa Tu [blue] gives as much as an avalanche
[Refers to PM Prayut launching a massive populist cash giveaway with the obvious aim of wining votes in the coming election. Due to this, the headline mimics him as the Santa who gives a present to people during the Christmas.]

Top: ‘War elephant’ is shaking. [black] Every team fails and causes an impact to a chair of [red] ‘Somyot’
[Refers to disappointing performances of all Thai national football teams recently. Due to these failures, it may have an impact on Pol. Gen. Somyot Poompanmoung who is the President of the Football Association of Thailand. Thailand’s football team is known as the “war elephant” by their fans.]

Bottom left: Power of absorbing is now showing. PPTV [black] HD [white] It now announces their power [orange] by reaching Top 10
[Refers to media company PPTV HD which attracted many famous TV program and shows from various main TV channels to broadcast on their channel. Thanks to this, its ratings are higher and they have reached the top 10.]

Right: The football players are like brave soldiers. Thoughts of “Doctor Lili”–a doctor and an angel of Thailand’s football.
[Refers to cute female doctor Sirin “Lili” Triwutpipatkul who worked as a medical officer for the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018.]

From Matichon Weekly, December 3-13, 2018
Main cover reads: Heavily hurt the voice of the nation
[Refers to former leader of the People’s Democrat Reform Committee Suthep Thaugsuban who recently broke his promise to not be involved in politics after leading the protests that caused a coup and tolled the Pheu Thai government.
Instead, he established the Ruamphalang Prachachartthai Party, or the Action Coalition for Thailand (ACT) to support PM Prayut to remain as PM after the next elections.
The “voice of the nation” refers to those who lent their support to Suthep to protest against and topple the Pheu Thai-led government.]

Top: Chatchart Sithipan on the day when ‘his life is completed in every aspect’ and is ready to prove ‘the strongest in the world’
[Refers to former transportation minister Chatchart Sithipan who has recently been active on social media after keeping silent on politics for almost a year. He has been called “the strongest minister in the world” due to his muscular appearance.]

From Siamrath Weekly Review, December 7-13, 2018
Main cover reads: Long Live the King
[Refers to HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn opening the “Un Ai Rak: Bike for Love and Warmth.” Accompanying by his daughters he led a bike ride through the capital with thousands of participants and spectators. Similar events were held simultaneously in other parts of the country.]

From Lokwannee, December 7-14, 2018
Main cover reads: So terrible!!!
On a sign: Good people don’t need to submit declarations of assets and liabilities
[This is supposed to point out junta hypocrisy.
“So terrible!!!” is PM Prayut’s rebuke to reporters who dared to ask him about the newly drawn voting constituencies that seem to benefit the present government.
“Good people don’t need to submit declarations of assets and liabilities” refers to the controversy around new rules that stretch to university academics having to declare assets and liabilities to prevent graft in the public sector.
The coconut shell refers what anti-junta groups call those who support the junta, mocking them as people living in “kala land”, or the land of coconut shell.
This references the Thai proverb kob nai kala (frog in the coconut shell) meaning an ignorant person who mistakes the shell for the entire world and thus thinks he knows it all.]

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