Three Years of the Junta: Weekly News Magazines, May-June, 2017


From Nation Weekend, May 19, 2017

Main cover reads: Moment of Mark
[Refers to former PM Abhisit Vejjajiva who attending his daughter Prang Vejjajiva’s graduated ceremony in the US. Abhisit the leader of the Democrat Party. He is one of the main anti-Thaksin political leaders who will no doubt form a key role in a future government that is designed to shut out Thakisn and his family members from power.]

Top: Military takes control [yellow] ‘FRD’ [white] to solve the farmer’s debts with the aims to build [yellow] farmer’s support
[Refers to the junta taking control of the Farmer’s Reconstruction and Development (FRD) Fund after PM Prayuth ordered the removal of all members of the FRD board due to a lack of transparency in their management.]

From Matichon Weekly, May 19-25, 2017
Main cover reads: 3 years. Visual world?

[Refers to the performance of ruling the junta led by PM Prayuth on the 3-year anniversary of the military seizing power. Although the junta claims many achievements, there is disappointments over many issues still waiting to be solved and people’s freedoms and rights have been increasingly restricted.]

Top: #scathing; Soldiers can’t flirt with nurses because they aren’t recruiting more permanent civil servant positions.
[Refers to a posting on social media by a nurse after the junta refused to create more permanent civil servant positions for professional nurses. The nurse who posted this criticism had to resign from her position. All of this was after several potentially large protests by nurses were quashed by a military keen to show that there is no protest or unrest under its rule.]

From Manager Weekly, May 20-26, 2017
Main cover reads: #Big power with huge profits
Top left: 4 years getting richer 260 billion
Top right: Very transparent. Oil spilling. Sued by Indonesia
Bottom left: Corrupted on gas pipes. All governments protected.
Bottom right: Oil spilling in Koh Samet. Paid compensation, but it was very little.

[Refers to Thailand’s oil company PTT which recently reported their increasing profits for the first quarter of this year thanks to higher global oil and petrochemical prices. This cover ridicules PTT as they have good ties to government so it helps them to do business. The cover also references damages caused to local people, such as oil spills in Koh Samet and Indonesia.]

Top: 3 years of the junta [small] Big brother and his group [big] what did they get?
[Refers to the 3-year performance of the military and Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan, the respected elder member of the military’s influential group the “Eastern Tigers” and thought to be the most powerful person in the junta.]

Bottom left: “Andrew Gregson” Artist-mood actor who never failed from the top.
[Refers to famous actor Andrew Gregson. Although his personality seems to be like a moody artist, his great performances keeps his his popularity high.]

Bottom right: Doesn’t care whether her eggs will be expired. “Jakjaan” waiting for the right man at the right time.
[Refers to well-known actress Akhamsiri “Jakjaan” Suwanasuk’s love affairs. She used to have a bad experience with love as her engagement to a famous actor was cancelled. Since then, she has been single and is waiting for the right man.]

From Lokwannee, May 26-June 2, 2017
Main cover reads: Don’t touch me.
[Refers to something said by the chief executive of Baimai’s Sub Administrative Organization to the police during an investigation led by Deputy National Policy Chief Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul in the case of human trafficking in Mae Hong Son province.
This is thought to be a display of the immunity of many officials to laws and the snake skin seems to point out the evil and treacherous nature of these officials.]

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