Weekly News Magazines: Happy Exile, September-October, 2017

From Siamrath Weekly Review, September 29-October 5, 2017
Main cover reads: Look at the strategy in 20 years [white] The turning point of Thailand
[At top right is the only figure we know, Dr. Jade Thonawanik. The article refers to views on Thailand’s 20-year national strategy which has been criticized, particularly by the political experts and academics, for being a tool to preserve junta power rather than improve the country.]

From Matichon Weekly, September 29-October 5, 2017
Main cover reads: The moon’s shadow in the waving water
[Refers a metaphor written by Matichon to illustrate an uncertainty of PM Prayuth towards the future of Thai politics. According to Matichon, there is a real question as to whether PM Prayuth will really call elections as promised, especially as Thaksin’s eventual public reactions to the exile of Yingluck is unknown.]

From Manager Weekly, September 30-October 6, 2017
Main cover reads: Happy life in London
[Refers to former PM Yingluck who fled to avoid sentencing in the rice-pledging scheme.]
Top: Heaven has eyes [white] the cabinet has a resolution on reinstating the post to [yellow] ‘Pongporn’
Green on the top: Cabinet’s resolution
[Refers to Pol Lt Col Pongporn Pramsaneh who recently resumed his job as the director of the National Office of Buddhism. This is after he was first sacked from the post after criticism that his investigation of temple embezzlement was tarnishing Buddhism.
The cabinet’s order was praised from many groups as they support Pol Lt Col Pongporn to continue his investigation to clean up corruption in Buddhism in the country. “Heaven has eyes” is a phase implying that God knows who is doing the right thing.]
Bottom left: The case of illegal cars hasn’t ended yet. The new trouble is coming ‘Tle-Thanapon’ cheating electric bills
[Refers to the news about actor Thanapon ‘Tle’ Nimtaisuk who was recently implicated in an illegal car scheme and now the illegal use of electricity.]
Bottom right: Disclose a strong life of [pink] ‘Pream-Ranida” [white] Take care of mom-brother who has Down’s syndrome
[Refers to the story of young actress Ranida ‘Pream’ Techasit who is responsible for taking care of family members including her elder brother who has Down’s syndrome.]

From Lokwannee, September 30-October 6, 2017
Main cover reads: [red] Poo is exiled?
[white] Go without return
[red] An election is cancelled?
[white] Sleep without waking up
[red] The economy is failing?
[white] No recovering
[red] Squeezing the taxes
[white] Can’t avoid
[Refers to Thailand’s 4.0 strategy to reform the country and push the economy forward, contending the strategy has been a failure.
The cover contrasts news about the country (in red) with phases used during a funeral (in white) when monks teach the people to realize the uncertainty of life (“Go without return; Sleep without waking up; No recovering; Can’t avoid”).
On the cover, joss sticks, used during a funeral, show 4.0, meaning the demise of the junta’s policies.]

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