From Lokwannee, May 21-27, 2016
Main cover reads: 2 years of the NCPO, a short happiness!
[white] Top: May 2557  to the present, governed by the junta. Draft constitution is open for an unelected PM
Below: May 2535  People protested against the junta and called for a constitution which did not allow for an unelected PM
[Refers to the National Council for Peace and Order led by PM Prayuth which has just reported on their performance after two years in power. One of their self-proclaimed missions was to “return happiness” to the people via a new constitution and reforms. The cover points out a key issue for those who oppose the junta–the possibly of an unelected prime minister mirrors the situation in 1992. At that time anti-military protesters felt justified in coming out and shutting down the city to protest the appointment of the then-junta leader as PM after election.]
From Matichon Weekly, May 20, 2016
Main cover reads: “Not only being [pink] beautiful [yellow] and trying to please [pink] Thai people, [yellow] we need to get an attention from [pink] foreign media [yellow] too.
[Small paragraph] [pink] Kalamare writes “behind the scene of Chompoo’s red carpet”
[The lady on the cover is Araya A. Hargate or Chompoo. This refers to an article written by Kalamare about Chompoo and her fashion on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. Although some Thais complained that her dresses did not reflect Thai culture, she received much attention in the foreign media.]
Top right: Don teaches a rule of ‘diplomat’
[The man in the picture is Dr. Arthit Ourairat, a Dean of Rangsit University. Dr. Arthit called on Foreign Minister Don Pramudwiani to giving a diplomatic lesson to US Ambassador to Thailand Glyn T. Davies, who raised concern on Thailand’s human rights situation during a press conference after meeting with Thai Foreign Minister. The ambassador’s actions have been criticized by many Thais as diplomatically impolite. Dr. Arthit urged the Foreign Minister to send Davies back to the US to protest his inappropriate diplomatic actions.]
From Nation Weekend, May 20, 2016
Main cover reads: The prophet’s fight: the last battlefield
[On the cover is the UFO-like dome of the Dhammakaya temple. The article is about the fight between the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and the controversial abbot Dhammachayo of Dhammakaya temple. The DSI planned to issue an arrest warrant for Dhammachayo if he refuses to meet the DSI for questioning about a money laundering charge.]
Top: ‘Uncle Tu’ discloses [yellow] you should be proud of being Thai.
[The picture is PM Prayuth whose nickname is “Tu.” Refers to PM Prayuth talking about the country situation during the junta’s administrative and called people to be proud of being Thai.]
From Manager Weekly, May 21-27, 2016
Main cover reads: Duty Free. [red] Dirty Free!? The dark side of a fox [is] richer.
[The man on the cover is Leicester City FC owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Leicester City’s mascot is a fox. He is a well-known Thai business man and the owner of the King Power duty free shops. Recently, his stores were alleged to be selling illegal and tax-violated items. Vicha is known as the “king of connection power” since he won his exclusive concessions via bid-free deals with both PMs Chavolit and Thaksin. This brings out many enemies who question the transparency of these deals.]
Top: Tammy wants to die at his temple. Sending a clear signal. [black] If you dare, come and get me (sija)
[The monk in the picture is Dhammakaya temple’s abbot Dhammachayo, referred to in the media as Tammy. Thus far he has refused to meet with the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) over money laundering charges, alleging serious illness.
“Sija” or “naja” are the words Dhammachaya always uses to end his sentences. They are most commonly used by woman at the end of a sentence to indicate politeness.]
Bottom left: “Mai” Fool superstar [black] Why everyone doesn’t like her
[The woman in the picture is Davika Hoorned or Mai. Refers to Mai’s latest conflict with the famous designers as she was being dressed at the Cannes Film Festival. After this conflict occurred, may people started to reveal that she is difficult to work with.]
Bottom right: “It’s Yae’s mistake to change herself to make him liked me.”
[The woman in the picture is Ying Yae, a well-known beauty blogger and model. Refers to the story of Ying Yae who recently announced a divorce after just three-month of marriage with her plastic surgeon husband ‘Nopparat.’]