Weekly News Magazines, May 16 & 23, 2014

Nation Weekend_May 23

From Nation Weekend, May 23, 2014
Cover reads: The first step to the coup
[Reference is to the declaration of the martial law by Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, the Royal Thai Army’s commander-in-chief on Tuesday, May 20 in an attempt to break through the political deadlock. before taking control of power two days later.]

Matichon Weekly, May 23

From Matichon Weekly, May 23, 2014
Cover reads: Roasted taro in the ‘shadow’ of a coup
[There is a Thai saying tossing ‘hot taro’ to someone meaning giving the person a hot problem (like a hot potato). In this context, roasted taro, which is ‘hot’, is used as an analogy to the political problem that Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, the Royal Thai Army’s commander-in-chief, has to be responsible for after he imposed martial law on May 20 which led to another coup d’etat.]

ASTV Manager Weekly, May 24

From ASTV Manager Weekly, May 24, 2014
Cover reads: A “coup d’etat” to break the deadend

Nation Weekend_May 16

From Nation Weekend, May 16, 2014
Cover reads: Section 7 Mango
[Reference is to the political situation after Surachai Liangboonlertchai was elected as a new senate’s speaker. He was pressured by Suthep Thuagsuban, key leader of the anti-Thaksin regime movement, to find resolution for the situation by using the Section 7 under the constitution stipulating procedure of resolution in case of a political vacuum.
The mango refers to Dr. Thirayuth Boonmee’s opinion on the Thai political situation. He compared the Thaksin regime to a mango on a tree. The anti-Thaksin demonstrators just waited for the mango to ripen and falls, meaning the regime was at its lowest point for many reasons and about to fall.]

Matichon Weekly, May 16

From Matichon Weekly, May 16, 2014
Cover reads: Stuck on Section 7; Unfinished; Obstructed by the Red Shirt
[Reference is to the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, led by Suthep Thuagsuban. Demanding that a neutral prime minister be selected under the Section 7 of the constitution, PDRC’s demand could not be executed for several reasons, mainly resistance from Red Shirt groups.]

ASTV Manager Weekly, May 17

From ASTV Manager Weekly, May 17, 2014
Cover reads: Out to sea [meaning way, way out of the set direction]
In boat, front row: Suthep Thuagsuban, secretary-general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC)
Second row, left: Akanat Promphan, PDRC’s speaker;
Back row, left: Dr. Sombat Thamrongthanyawong; right: Dr. Jermsak Pinthong
[Reference is to the PDRC’s recent movement to pressure Surachai Liangboonlertchai, the senate’s speaker-elected, to use the Section 7 under the constitution to select a neutral prime minister. The Manager Group, which opposes both Thaksin and the Democrat Party is ridiculing the PDRC’s failure to get an interim PM appointed.]

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