Weekly News Magazines, November 15, 2013

Nation Weekend_15 November 2013

From Nation Weekend, November 15, 2013
Cover reads: Fight to the Death!
[Reference is to development the protest led by former Democrat Party MP, Suthep Thuagsuban. Started on October 31 at Sam Sen railway station with to stop the amnesty bill, the protest moved to the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Avenue. Along the way, the cause of the protest has changed from stopping the blanket amnesty to eliminating the “Thaksin regime.”]

Matichon Weekly_15 Nov

From Matichon Weekly, November 15, 2013
Cover reads: To Dream the Impossible Dream
[Reference is to a press conference held by former People Alliance for Democracy (PAD), aka the Yellow Shirt, Maj. Gen. Chamlong Srimuang and owner of the ASTV Manager group Sondhi Limthongkul on November 11. Maj. Gen. Chamlong decided to return to lead the Dhamma Army to rally while Sondhi remains on the sidelines but is ready to replace Chamlong whenever needed. The writer of the article sees this movement as another attempt of these two men to make their dream they have fought for for seven years comes true–toppling the Thaksin regime.
Also: see the comment from Borisat below for interesting context on this.]

ASTV Manger Weekly, 16 Nov 2013

From ASTV Manager Weekly, November 16, 2013
Cover reads: Stubbornly obdurate leading to Thailand’s loss of territory
Bottom left: The Arrogant Handsome [the Democrat Party’s leader, Abhisit Vejjajiva]
Bottom right: The Inviting Stupid Bitch [Premier Yingluck Shinawatra]
[Reference is to the International Court of Justice’s ruling on the Preah Vihear case read on November 11. The article concludes that, according to the Court, Thailand loses its territory, more or less. It claims that Abhisit and Premier Yingluck are among those who must be responsible for the loss.]

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2 Responses to Weekly News Magazines, November 15, 2013

  1. Borisat says:

    “Dreaming the impossible dream” (“ขอฝันใฝ่ในฝันอันเหลือเชื่อ”) also happens to be the name of historian Nattapol Chaiching’s recently-published book on the royalist revival in the mid-20th century. An unsparing critique of what its author sees as a concerted and unwavering undermining of the “democratic” system established by the 1932 Promoters, the book was prominently pulled from the shelves of Asia Books stores. See here: http://prachatai.com/english/node/3666

    The insidiously provocative nature of the title is also worth noting: “ขอฝันใฝ่ในฝันอันเหลือเชื่อ” is lifted from the first stanza of a song commissioned by Queen Sirikit for distribution amongst government officials – to remind them of their duties toward the common good – which was itself translated from a song in the musical “Man of La Mancha”.

  2. Editor says:

    Thanks for your comments, Borisat!

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