Weekly News Magazines, March 31-April 14, 2017

From Manager Weekly, April 1-7, 2017
Main cover reads: National oil corporation = victim
On the woman’s shirt: National oil corporation

[Former Deputy PM Pridiyathorn Devakula, the man with glasses on the left, tried to block the plan of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) to establish a National Oil Corporation. He disclosed that a group of military men tried to push this plan in the draft constitution. His actions to expose this plan were met with accusations that he was protecting energy private groups who oppose government control of the energy sector.
This cover portrays the corporation idea as a pretty girl that is going to be ravaged by one side or another. This sort of imagery suggesting rape is common in the Thai media.]

Top: The NCPO is shaking. ‘Veera’ invades Cambodian’s casino. [small] Do you dare to announce it is ‘not’ on Thailand’s soil? There is a rumor an ‘influential person of the south Isan’ wants to kill him.

[Refers to anti-corruption activist Veera Somkwamkid. Recently, he was blocked by local people from his plan to go to the Buri Ram border checkpoint to check whether a new casino sits on Thai or Cambodian soil (casinos are illegeal in Thailand). His actions are believed to have upset influential groups in the areas who have coordinated the plan to place a casino on the border to cater to Thai gamblers.
Meanwhile, Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan, one of key persons in the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), confirmed that the casino is not in Thailand.
Veera was once arrested for illegal entry to Cambodia. This was due to his rabble rousing attempt to provoke Cambodia over the Preah Vihear temple ownership controversy.]

Bottom left: Don’t be scared. ‘Jack Ma’ left ‘Thailand’ to go to ‘Malay’

[Refers to Alibaba executive Jack Ma who plans to set up Alibaba’s regional distribution hub in Malaysia after he first committed to launch a project in Thailand. His travel to Malaysia caused concern among Thai businessmen as Jack Ma may scrap his investment plans in Thailand.]

Bottom right: “Thammy” announces his victory. Arrest-Disrobe-Appoint the new abbot… will take a long long time.

[Refers to Dhammakaya’s abbot Dhammachaya who is facing arrest and an order to disrobe once he can be located. This article is similar to that in most Thai media that mocks the military junta and is supposed absolute power that cannot seem to arrest the monk.
“Thammy” combines the name of Dhamma with the word “Tammy” to mock the monk for his effeminate nature.]

From Lokwannee, April 8-14, 2017
Main cover reads: New season of happiness in which Thai people are waiting [for the] democratic mask

[Refers to popular TV show ‘The Mask Singer’ where the competitors are masked.
The figure on the left has a mask that combines a constitution plinth with a coconut shell. It refers to those who oppose the junta. The the junta and its supporters refer to these people as living in a coconut shell. This is an idiom meaning they live in a small world, but they think they know everything in the entire world.
The figure wears a convicts suit and has “No. 44” on its chest meaning that those who oppose the junta are faced with imprisonment under Article 44. The images seem to mean that the common people who are oppressed and imprisoned by the junta are waiting for the mask to be taken off of democracy and for real democracy to begin.]

From Nation Weekend, March 31, 2017
Main cover reads: Confuse!! Three soldiers {The word “confuse” comes from a popular catchphrase from the popular TV show “The Mask Singer.”]
On the logo: The national Oil Corporation

[Refers to the plan to establish a National Oil Corporation like in the past which was known by the brand “Three Soldiers.” This emphasized how the military held sway of a lucrative and important part of the country’s economy. The junta insisted that this plan is impossible and will not take place.]

Top: ‘Laos’ keeps silent? Don’t know ‘Ko-Tee’? ‘Tu-Pom’ are in disgrace.

[Refers to an attempt of the junta led by PM Prayuth, whose nickname is “Tu,” and Deputy PM Prawit, whose nickname is “Pom,” to arrest Ko-Tee, a Red Shirt in exile in Laos.
Ko-Tee runs an anti-monarchy radio station that calls for revolution in Thailand and for people to rise up to oppose the junta. The junta has been pressuring the Lao government to stop the broadcasts and turn over Ko-Tee to them.
However, despite Thailand’s massive advantages in economy and military might, Laos has simply denied any knowledge of Ko-Tee. This has left the junta embarrassed as its lack of influence over its small neighbor.]

From Matichon Weekly, March 31-April 6, 2017
Main cover reads: Khun chai is coming

[Refers to the alleged plan to establish a National Oil Corporation. Former Deputy PM Pridiyathorn Devakula disclosed that a group of military men tried to push this plan in the draft constitution. Others claimed Pridiyathorn was trying to smear the military with a false claim.
The image shows a rip in the document Pridiyathorn is holding that reveals a military uniform in the background.]

Right side: Exchange a hit in a period of ‘magical’ imagination from Ko-Tee to Charupong and ends up with ‘Thaksin Shinawatra’

[Refers to the arrest of a man who was alleged to possess war weapons on behalf of Red Shirt Ko-Tee. This arrest was decried by anti-junta groups as an attempt to frame, not only Ko-Tee, but former interior minister Charupong Ruangsuwan. Charupong is exiled and close to Thaksin. The article criticizes the arrest as trying to link Thaksin closely to armed movements in the country. Thaksin both denies connections to the Red Shirts and as well as being involved in Thai politics.]

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