Fresh blood at Chula: Weekly News Magazines, May, 2017

From Nation Weekend, May 12, 2017
Main cover reads: Perspectives on the life of the younger generation ‘This world is yours.’
[Refers to student political activist Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal elected president of Chulalongkorn University’s Student Council. The junta has harshly criticized him and his views, however the article points out that his election shows how the young generation are controlling how they want to their university to be.]

Left: ‘Phraprommahabandit’ talks about the behind-the-scenes making a Tripitaka of [combining] three religious denominations
[An interview with the Dean of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University Phraprommahabandit who recently launched the first English-language Tripitaka, a Buddhist scripture, which combines three religious denomination’s perspectives called “Common Buddhist Text: Guidance and Insight from the Buddha.”]

From Matichon Weekly, May 12-18, 2017
Main cover reads: Ana Is this boy is…’Netiwit’
[Refers to student political activist Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal elected to be the president of Chulalongkorn University’s Student Council. His election is believed to signal that normally conservative Chalalongkorn University is embracing societal reform. PM Prayuth was quick to condemn the election.]

Top left: 51th year anniversary of Chit Phumisak. Going back to read a magazine ‘Tatsana’ Poetics in the earlier period of ‘optimism’
On the magazine: Tatsana’
Man on the magazine’s cover: Chit Phumisak
[Refers to Thailand’s political activist, author, philologist, historian and poet Chit Phumisak. He has been known as the ‘Che [Guevara] of Thailand.’ Although he was passed away, his work still has an influence on the younger generation of political activists. The magazine was one of channels for Chit to express his political views to the public. The magazine was named ‘Tatsana’ meaning as “perspective” or “viewpoint” in English.]

From Manager Weekly, May 13-19, 2017
Main cover reads: Korea King power
[This cover plays with the words of two controversial cases: Korea King and King power. First, the advertisements for the ‘Korea King’ flying pan were banned after a finding that the ads overstated the quality of the pans.
Meanwhile, it was reported that the National Reform Steering Assembly committee proposed to end the contract with the country’s largest duty-free operator–King Power Group. The Airport of Thailand dismissed the news and insisted it will not scrap its existing contract with King Power.
What is the implication here? Since mega-money companies are always associated with political parties and blocks, the loss of the duty-free contract would be a way to strike at King Power tycoon Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who is rumored to be working as a middleman to repair the relationship between Thaksin and Newin.]

Top: Indonesia sues [orange] ‘PTTEP’ for 70 billion [black] “Good governance” and making a good image can’t help at all.
[Refers to Thailand’s oil company PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) is being sued by Indonesia to 70 billion baht (around USD 2 billion) for the 2009 Montara oil spill in the Timor Sea.]

Bottom left: “Violence in the south” under the hands of “big military” Trying to solve causing much worse. “Brother Pom” is free. “Dream team” has their own conflict.
Pictures, top left to right: Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan, Defense Minister Gen. Udomdej Sitabutr
Bottom left to right: Chief of the 4th army Lt Gen Piyawat Nakwanich, Gen. Aksara Kerdphol
[Refers to the junta’s attempt led by Deputy PM Prawit whose nickname is “Pom,” to solve the unrest in the southernmost provinces. After the latest bomb at the Big C supermarket in Pattani province which caused a number of injures, the junta’s team has come under criticism for its ineffective performance. There are also rumord about an internal conflict among related military agencies involved in solving the problem.]

Bottom right: “Srivara” builds a canal violating the law?? The truth must be ‘investigated’
[Refers to Deputy National Policy Chief Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul who recently sued anti-corruption activist Veera Somkwamkid for accusing him of illegally building a road across a public canal in Nakhon Ratchasima province.]

From Lokwannee, May 19-25, 2017
Main cover reads: 3 years of the NCPO; People with fresh faces
[Refers to the three year anniversary of the coup. The three fingers refers to the Hunger Games anti-junta salute. The fingers have the “hear no evil, etc.” faces on them to symbolize the junta’s repression. “People with fresh faces” comes from the mysterious new plaque which replaced the 1932 Siamese Revolution plaque.]

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