Weekly News Magazines, November 25-December 2, 2016

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From Nation Weekend, November 25, 2016
Main cover reads: The Last Somdej in the era of King Rama IX.

[Refers to Venerable Phra Dhammapitaka (P.A. Payutto) who has recently been appointed as Somdej Buddha Kosajan which is one of Thai Buddhism’s highest ranks, only lower than the Supreme Patriarch. Venerable Phra Dhammapitaka is known as Thailand’s most well-known Buddhist Scholar. He received the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in 1994.]

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From Matichon Weekly, November 25-December 1, 2016

[The cover shows King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn. Many photos like this have been shown in the media recently to demonstrate the close association between the late king and his first-born son.]

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From Lokwannee, November 26-December 2, 2016
Main cover reads: Society of goo people (who are only good at speaking)

[The cover is a sarcastic comment on current Thai society which alleges that many people always love to speak, but do not take any action. This pro-Thaksin and pro-Red Shirt publication probably is alluding to those who extol civil society and democracy while being content to live under a military dictatorship. Thais illustrate boisterous rhetoric as a spray of saliva and the cover shows a microphone wet with “goo” or saliva.]

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From Manager Weekly, November 26-December 2, 2016
Main cover reads: Sathi
At left with the ‘Dislike’ icon: Dhammachayo
At right with ‘Like’ icon: Venerable Phra Dhammapitaka (P.A. Payutto)

[The cover compares two well-known monks. One is Dhammakaya temple abbot Dhammachayo and the other is Nyanavesakavan temple abbot Venerable Phra Dhammapitaka (P.A. Payutto).
Dhammachayo is now facing an arrest warrant from the Department of Special Investigation for charges of money laundering.
On the other hand, Phra Dhammapitaka has recently been appointed Somdej Buddha Kosajan which is one of Buddhism’s highest ranks, only lower than the Supreme Patriarch. He is known as Thailand’s most well-known Buddhist scholar and received the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in 1994.]

Headline on the bottom-left: Shut down Red Shirt’s underground radio station by [yellow] ‘persons from their group’ [white] not [yellow] ‘Big Poom?’

[Refers to the shutdown of a Red Shirt radio station which was broadcasting revolutionary rhetoric into Thailand from Laos. This article examines its recent shutdown and whether it was taken off the air due to pressure from Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan (whose nickname is Poom). Deputy PM Prawit claimed that he was responsible for getting the station off the air by cooperating with the Lao government.
However, many others speculate that internal pressure from other Red Shirt groups resulted in the station closure. The rationale for this is thought to be domestic Thai politics. This is because the mainstream Red Shirt movement acts on Thaksin’s behalf and Thaksin is working towards renewed influence on politics after the next elections. Thus, there is little desire to have radical Red Shirts broadcasting anti-monarchy rhetoric–especially at this sensitive time. This only plays into the hands of the nationalistic military.]

Headline on the bottom-right: History recorded “Prof. May-Ariya” The best Thai golfer

[Refers to professional golfer Ariya May Jutanugarn. She is a rising star of Thai golfers and the first Thai golfer, male or female, to win a major championship.]

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