Weekly News Magazines, May 2, 2014

Nation Weekend_May 2

From Nation Weekend, May 2, 2014
On the left: Fight against what? Fight for whom?
Cover reads: Mark imagines
[Mark is nickname of Abhisit Vejjajiva, leader of the Democrat Party. Reference is to a proposal made by Abhisit on April 24 in an attempt to find a resolution for the country’s political stalemate that is agreeable to every party. It is likely that it is part of a coordinated series of acts, that began nearly a year ago and that involve many competing interests, that will result in the isolation and elimination of the Shinawatra clique from politics.]

Matichon Weekly, May 2

From Matichon Weekly, May 2, 2014
Cover reads: Pa’s charisma?
[Pa refers to Gen. Prem Tinsulanont, chairman of the Privy Council. The article refers to expectation from several parties, including the “statesmen group” who believe that Gen. Prem is the one person, as chairman of the Privy Council, who can play a key role in solving the country’s political conflict. However, when compared to his influence in 2006, when the last coup d’etat was staged, his charisma and influence have obviously diminished. This occurred mainly because the longstanding political convention of avoiding being critical of the Privy Council and monarchy was jettisoned by Thaksin and the Red Shirts. This resulted in the Privy Council being unwilling to risk its prestige in an open confrontation with Thaksin and his supporters.]

ASTV Manager Weekly, May 3

From ASTV Manager Weekly, may 3, 2014
Cover reads: The Oxford deal; a plan to undermine the mass of the people
Men on the cover, from left: Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, the Royal Thai Army commander-in-chief; and Abhisit Vejjajiva, leader of the Democrat Party.
[“Oxford” is mentioned to remind people that Abhisit Vejjajiva graduated from Oxford University. The article refers to a resolution recently proposed by Abhisit. The deal is dubbed by some groups who do not agree with the idea as “the Oxford Deal.” Those who oppose both the Red Shirts and the Democrats–namely the Manager Group who publishes the magazine–believe that Abhisit made a secret deal behind the scenes with Thaksin Shinawatra. The most important piece of this deal is thought to be Gen. Prayuth, whose power can make either side gain victory in the political conflict.]

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