Weekly News Magazines: The cabinet sticks together, November-December, 2017

From Siamrath Weekly Review, November 24-30, 2017
Main cover picture: Being together [white] we will survive.
Men in the picture from back to front: Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan, PM Prayuth Chan-ocha and Interior Minister General Anupong Paochinda
[Refers to the Thai proverb “being together we will survive, we will die if being separated.” This illustrates the strong relationship between key persons of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO); Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan, PM Prayuth Chan-ocha and Interior Minister General Anupong Paochinda.
It mocks the recent cabinet reshuffle that preserved Deputy PM Prawit and Interior Minister General Anupong although both have been criticized for unsatisfactory performance.]

From Matichon Weekly, November 24-30, 2017
Main cover picture: It is a sea, but I said brook and you believe it
[Refers the close relationship between two generals from the influential military group the Eastern Tigers, Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan and PM Prayuth Chan-ocha (pictured). This relationship has preserved Prawit’s post in the cabinet despite unsatisfactory performance.
The words on the cover is part of the poem written by well-known Thai poet Sriprat. It refers to the close ties of the people who always agree with each other no matter what other says.]

Top: Behind the scene of the match-fixing gangs of Thailand’s football league [black] Big investors-referees-football players join the ‘deal’
[Refers to the press conference held by President of the Football Association of Thailand Somyot Pumpanmuang to disclose a match-fixing scheme in Thailand’s football league. Recently, famous football players, referees, and investors have been arrested due to this scandal.]

From Manager Weekly, November 25-December 1, 2017
Main cover reads: A few good men
Men in the cover from left to right: Maj Gen Kanokpong Channual, Pakapong Tanyakan and Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan

[Refers to the death of a teenager army cadet, Pakapong Tanyakan, whom is believed to have died due to physical punishment at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School (AFAPS). It was later found that the cadet’s organs were missing when the corpse was returned to his family.
The military initially denied all accusations against it. Head of AFAPS Maj Gen Kanokpong Channual and Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan insisted that although special training and disciplinary methods of the military school are tough, they were not the cause of his death. After further public pressure, the junta set up a special investigation into the death.]

Top: Waiting for divorce [yellow] ‘Aff-Songkran’ [black] They say I’m the third person!!???
[Refers to well-known actress Taksaorn ‘Aff’ Paksukcharern who recently admitted that she is ready to divorce her husband Songkran Tejanarong without giving a reason.
Netizens have been searching for the reason and they think former net idol Phintusuda ‘Balloon’ Tunphairao is the third person in the relationship. However, later Songkran’s younger brother refuted this rumor.]
Bottom left: Beauty killer [pink] ‘Peach Purahong’ [white] a revivalist of ‘woman Thai boxing’ to be known worldwide.
[Refers to a story of rising Thai boxing star Peach Purahong.]
Middle: Get rid of match-fixing to upgrade Thailand’s football reach the standard
[Refers to the match-fixing scandal in the Thai football league.]
Right: New value and better than the past “This generation does not give alcohol anymore!!”
[Refers to the new year’s campaign from the Thai Health Promotion Foundation to encourage people to stop giving alcohol as a new year’s gift.]

From Lokwannee, November 25-December 1, 2017
Main cover reads: Yeah..!! Next year… no poor people in Thailand.
[Refers to Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak’s declaration that there will be no poor people in Thailand next year as the junta is planning to inject billions of baht to stimulate the economy. However, Thais generally believe that such plans have only ever benefited the rich in the past.
The coconut shell in the cartoon refers to junta supporters who believe in the junta’s assertions. This comes from the Thai proverb “a frog inside the coconut shell” meaning a person who believe that the know everything, but the fact they do not–just like a frog who lives in a coconut shell and thinks it is the entire world.]

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