From Nation Weekend, January 15, 2016
Main cover reads: Supreme Patriarch – Don’t end. Don’t appoint
[Refers to a controversial appointment of the new Supreme Patriarch. Some monk groups threatened to protest if Somdet Phra Maha Ratchamangalacharn, one of the candidates, was appointed as the new supreme patriarch because he has a close relation with the controversial abbot of Wat Phra Dammakaya, Phra Dhammachayo. PM Prayuth once said he the new Supreme Patriarch will not be appointed if this controversial issue cannot be settled.]
Left: Somdet Phra Wanrat follows the path of Supreme Patriarch.
[The monk in the picture is Somde Phra Wanrat. Refers to a story about Somdet Phra Wanrat, a successor of former Supreme Patriarch who was an abbot of Wat Bownniwet Vihara.]
From Lokwannee, January 16-22, 2016
Main cover reads: A new likay group?
On the curtain: Special committee on peace
[Refers to the National Legislative Assembly’s plan to set up a special committee on building a peaceful and reconcilable society. This plan has been criticized since there are already several groups and committees set up under the junta for this purpose. This committee is compared to likay, a popular form of Thai folk theater. The cover image shows democracy, represented by Democracy Monument, getting further and further away as it is frames by likay theater facades.]
From Manager Weekly, January 16-22, 2016
Main cover reads: SLOW LIFE [white] Somdet Chuang
[The monk on the cover is Somdet Phra Maha Ratchamangalacharn. This refers to the controversial appointment of the new Supreme Patriarch. Somdet Phra Maha Ratchamangalacharn, known as Somdet Chuang, is one of the candidates for new supreme patriarch. He has been opposed by many groups due to his close relations with the controversial abbot of Wat Phra Dammakaya, Phra Dhammachayo and his alleged involvement in a scandal involving evading tax charges on luxury cars.]
Bottom left: Kamnan [green] happy [white] on the sadness of rubber farmers.
[The man is Suthep Thaugsuban. On his shirt: Let’s help each other. This refers to the leader of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) Suthep Thaugsuban, known as Kamnan. He, a former Democrat Party leader, is criticized for not helping rubber farmers who are calling on the junta to solve the low level of rubber prices.
This is a difficult issue for those who oppose Thaksin as they have criticized his populist tactics to use state funds to artificially raise market prices for commodities (rice) grown by his supporters. Now that Democrat Party supporters (rubber farmers) demand the same, it is hard for them to insist state coffers be opened again to create price supports.
The author notes that, instead of taking care of their constituents (rubber farmers), they are siding with the junta.]
Bottom right: Strong [white] The conclusion of THE FACE 2 – All of them become popular.
[Woman from left to right: Ticha [a winner of the programme] and Bee [a mentor of Ticha’s team]. Refers to the famous reality TV show “The Face Thailand” season 2 which now came to an end. The winner was Ticha from mentor Bee’s team. In the show, there were many popular catchphrases created, such as “strong” which was later used widely by the public.]
From Matichon Weekly, January 15-21, 2016
Main cover reads: The power of the South-The power of rubber [blue] ‘Democrat’
On the shirts: Let’s help each other.
[The men on the cover from left to right: Satit Wongnongtoey, Suthep Thaugsuban, Thaworn Senniam. These are former Democrat Party’s members and the key persons in the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).
This refers to the roles of these three former members of the Democrat Party and the PDRC in the rubber price problems. The Democrat Party is mad up of persons with strong influence in the South.]
Top right: Dr. Prawet: Triangle moves the ‘tank’ – The junta with a wrong strategy
[The man in the picture is Dr. Prawet Wasi. This refers to Dr. Prawet Wasi’s article about the wrong strategy of the junta to govern the country.]