Weekly News Magazines, January 27-February 10, 2017

From Lokwannee, Feb 4-10, 2017
Main cover reads: 3 pictures stolen (Coup d’état is not a major offense?)
Under the frames from left to right: Freedom, equality and brotherhood

[This cover parodies the news of a Thai-high ranking officer from the Ministry of Commerce who inexplicably stole three paintings from a hotel in Japan. The public strongly criticized the official and called for strong punishment.
However, Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam called the public to calm down as the Ministry of Commence set up a team to investigate the incident.
All of this–the arrogance and selfishness of a government official in stealing painting and the attempt by the government to downplay the incident and assign a committee to handle it–smacks of business as usual for the government. In particular, Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam’s response creates the impression that the offense was a minor one.
In any event, the official who stole the paintings resigned his position over this “minor” incident.
The cover contends the military stole Thailand’s “Freedom, equality and brotherhood” (represented by the missing paintings) and for this “minor” offense, the military should step down from its role in government.]

From Matichon Weekly, Jan 2-Feb 2, 2017
Main cove reads: Mis [red] Ter [yellow] ‘Re’ [red] conciliation

[This cover implies that Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda is behind the scenes guiding the reconciliation plan of the junta–particularly for the yellow and red factions.]

On the left: Bribery of ‘Rolls-Royce’ impacts the world. Thai Airways-PTT affected. The NACC plans to investigate politicians involved.

[Refers to the Rolls-Royce bribery scandal in which senior officers of the company confessed to paying bribes to Thai Airways high-ranking officers, politicians and others.]

From Nation Weekend, Jan 27, 2017
Main cover reads: Lao mafia under the shadow of left-side influential person.

[Refers to Laos drug lord Xaysana Keopimpha (pictured) who was arrested in Thailand. His network has cultivated unprecedented connections with powerful persons in Laos including politicians and Thai celebrities believed to have assisted him with money laundering and asset concealment.
“Left-side” refers to Laos being on the left side of the Mekong River. This is because some non-Western cultures do not always conceptualize maps as having north at the top. For instance, Thais often visualize the Mekong River as an area from the river source (at the bottom of a map) to the direction headed to the sea (at the top of the map). Thus, Laos would be on the left side.]

66/23 Expired drug [yellow] ‘Tu-Pom’ refuse to leave [“Tu” refers to PM Prayuth’s nickname. “Pom” is Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan’s nickname.]

[66/23 is the reference number of a prime minister’s order on the measures to combat communism issued in 2523 or the year 1980 by then Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda.
This same model is believed to be behind present reconciliation efforts, thought to be spearheaded by Prem, who is now Privy Council President.
As the original orders included amnesty, the prospect of this reconciliation has grabbed the attention of those who fear Thaksin will try to use it to negotiate amnesty along with factions of anti-monarchy Red Shirts who have been living overseas.
“Expired drug” characterizes the order as old “medicine” used for the issue of communists. “Refuse to leave” implies that the powerful duo of Prawit and Prayuth will not cede power until their reconciliation MOU is signed by all parties.]

From Manager Weekly, Jan 28-Feb 3, 2017
Main cover reads: Cheaters shouldn’t have a place to stand?
On the podium: Anti-Corruption Organization (Thailand)
The man is PM Prayuth.
Company logos:
(1st column) Rolls-Royce, Thai Airways, Metropolitan Electricity Authority, GT200
(2nd column) PTT Plc., AOT, Sky Dragon
(3rd column) TOT, another we do not know
(4th column) Provincial Electricity Authority
(5th column) King Power
[This illustrates the ironic actions of the junta led by PM Prayuth. The junta has strongly committed to fight corruption. However, many companies and groups related to corruption still seem to be immune from meaningful investigations over alleged.]

Top: Secret deal on reconciliation part 3. Military kisses politician’s mouth [bold] to set up the national government

[Photos top: Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thaksin Shinawatra, [bottom] Anutin Charnvirakul, Newin Chidchob.
This refers to a supposedly secret deal between the junta and politicians and political groups to build reconciliation before elections.]

Bottom left: Crown or not crown! ‘Namtan-Chalida’ won the hearts of people around the world

[Refers to Miss Thailand Universe Chalida ‘Namtan’ Suansane. Even though she didn’t receive a crown as Miss Universe, she won people’s heart with her beautiful and glorious appearance.]

Right: Thairath TV didn’t hire him. ‘Chuwit’ bought the airtime.

[Refers to Chuwit Kamolvisit’s new TV show on Thairath TV. This reveals that Chuwit is not a celebrity hire for the network, but simply buys the airtime for his show.]

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