Weekly News Magazines: Mouse Over Lion, March-April, 2019

From Lokwannee, March 29-April 5, 2019
Main cover reads: Marijuanaism? (Are you ok?)

[The issue of marijuana was part of the election campaign as the Bhum Jai Thai party has pledged to legalize the recreational use of the drug.
On the cover, the cartoonist suggests that the military junta, represented by a dinosaur, must be high if it thinks it can form the next government.
However, this publication is a pro-Red Shirt/pro-Thaksin magazine and thus the cover expresses an opinion opposite of reality. This reality is that a junta-led government has long been inevitable considering the way the electoral system has been set up to minimize larger parties such as the Phea Thai which Thaksin controls.
At bottom right is a dead cockroach to refer to the Democrat Party and its terrible showing during the election.]

From Matichon Weekly, March 29-April 4, 2019
Cover reads: Mouse [blue] and [yellow] Lion
[Refers to Bhum Jai Thai party leader Anutin Charnvirakul who has now become the kingmaker amid the competition between the Pheu Thai Party (led by Sudarat Keyuraphan) and the Palang Pracharath party (led by Uttama Savanayana) to form the government.
The cover refers to the Aesop fable “the Lion and the Mouse” as Anuti’s nickname is “Noo” which means “mouse” in English. So the events of the election makes the mouse more powerful than the lions who head the major parties.]

Top: #bustedEC Join ‘Feet’ The commission without standard. Change the incorrect ballot to correct ballot?
[Refers to the Election Commission (EC) that has been criticized on their lack of transparency and bumbling efforts in conducting the election. This has led to a widespread perception that they colluded with the military to tilt the election away from Thaksin-controlled parties as best they could.
People used the hastag #bustedEC to express their unhappiness with the EC. The saying “join the feet” is like saying “join hands” to do something, but saying “feet” is insulting and implies people must join together to punish the EC.]

From Manager Weekly, March 29-April 5, 2019
Main cover reads: Snake charmer (cobra)
[Refers to the political slang “cobra” to refer to a politician who easily changes his mind to support the opposition. This cover means Prayuth is taming these political snakes to create a government made up of the most base and turncoat mean and women in politics. A recent cobra cartoon is here.]

Top: I am like a Bodhi tree which grown up at a pile of garbage. Jao Khun Alongkod who shoulders the expense of 5 million baht a month.
[Refers to Jao Khun Alongkod, abbot of Wat Pra Baht Nam Pu, who helps provide care for HIV/AIDS patients. Due to the shortage of funds, he has to go raising funds to shoulder the temple’s monthly expenses of about 5 million baht.
His saying refers to the fact that he is the main pillar to help those people who are ignored by the rest of society.]

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