Weekly News Magazines: Loving Prayuth, November, 2017

From Siamrath Weekly Review, November 17-23, 2017
Main cover picture: ‘Toon’ [red] power

[Refers to famous rocker Artiwara Toon Kongmalai from Bodyslam band. He has launched a charity run project to raise a funds for 11 hospitals. He has start his run from the southernmost to the northernmost parts of the country. His run has caused a nationwide sensation and he has become an idol for many people for his efforts to help others.]

From Matichon Weekly, November 17-23, 2017
Main cover picture: The center of heart?
The man is General Chatchai Sarikulya.
On the sign in back: We, farmers, always support you, our Minister.

[Refers to General Chatchai Sarikulya, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister, who is known as a close friend of PM Prayuth. Amid the reshuffle of the cabinet, there is an expectation that General Chatchai might not be removed from his post even though his performance is seen as unsatisfactory. Thus, the cover is a sarcastic comment on his tenure.]

Top right: Military party is not easy. Brother Bang-Sonthi warns Tu-Prayuth [This headline uses both the individual’s real names (Sonthi, Prayuth) and their nicknames (Bang, Tu) in a hyphenated form. This is sometimes done, but most of the time only the nickname is used in headlines.]

[The man in the picture is Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin who has spoken out on the rumored military party that PM Prayuth is thought to be setting up.
Gen. Sonthi has his political party named Matubhum Party. His party was in the opposition against Yingluck’s administration. This article references the difficulty past junta leaders have had in entering regular electoral politics.]

From Lokwannee, November 18-24, 2017
Main cover reads: What I did… isn’t it good enough for you?
On the messages: There are 6 questions. Please answer it frankly. No.1 Love me? No.2 Love me? No.3 Love me? No.4 Love me? No.5 Love me? No.6 Love me?

[This mocks the new series of questions that that PM Prayuth put forth to the public. These questions, like previous ones, are clearly an attempt to rationalize and justify further military rule and delay elections.
The coconut shell is used by junta foes to refer to those who support military rule. The coconut shell refers to a parable about a frog who lives in the shell and thinks it is the whole world. Thus, junta supporters who think the military are good and popular are criticized as not being aware of the wider world.]

From Manager Weekly, November 18-24, 2017
Main cover reads: The former mission was to increase the GDP. This mission is… very heavier.
Deputy PM Prawit: Damn
Men in the picture from left to right: Deputy PM Somkid Jatusripitak, PM Prayuth Chan-ocha, Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan and General Anupong Paochinda

[Refers to Deputy PM Somkid Jatusripitak who is the head of the econimc team for the junta. This covers implies that after Deputy PM Somkid helped the junta to increase the GDP, he now has to help them increase the junta’s popularity. The junta has been criticized as PM Prayuth’s close senior officers like Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan and General Anupong Paochinda have involved in policy decisions and scandals that have reflected poorly on the government.]

Top: ‘Thai Airways’ heavy losses. [black] ‘Air Asia’ gains a huge profit [purple] Mysterious business [black] which is very complicated
[Refers to Thailand’s national airlines ‘Thai Airways’ facing a heavy loss in a surprising contrast with low-cost carrier Air Asia which is able to make a big profit.]
Bottom left: Grounded God [yellow] Bin Bunluerit
[Refers to actor Bin Bunluerit who devotes himself to help people, particularly the poor. Due to this, he has been praised by the public for his kindness.]
Right: Without [blue] ‘Yoon’ [white] then which direction [blue] ‘Nation’ [white] will go
[Refers to Suthichai Yoon (nicknamed “Yoon”), the chairman of the Nation Multimedia Group. Recently, he quits from the executive post of the Nation Group to focus on Nation’s sub-unit “Nation Media Innovation Center.”
For decades, Suthichai has been a major figure in Thailand’s journalist landscape.]

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