Weekly News Magazines, October 25, 2013

Nation Weekend_25 Oct

From Nation Weekend, October 25, 2013
Cover reads: The last bullet

[Reference is to the murder of Chakkrit Panichphatikam, marksman of Thailand’s national sport shooting team. Better known as Eks Chakkrit, the man, son of former Thailand’s sport shooting gold medalist, is said to be the country’s best sport shooter with 20 gold medals from SEA Games and a silver medal from a world championship event. He ranked number 7 at the Summer Olympics in 2008. Also known for being hotheaded and having several serious problems with various parties, the motive of Eks’ murder is still under investigation.]

Matichon Weekly_25 Oct

From Matichon Weekly, October 25, 2013
Cover reads: ‘Poo’ climbing up ‘cutting board’ [‘Poo’ is a crab, also nickname of Premier Yingluck Shinawatra.]

[Refers to the draft of the amnesty bill submitted to the Ad Hoc committee on amnesty by Prayuth Siriphanich, a Pheu Thai MP from Mahasarakham Province. Unlike Warachai Hema’s draft, Prayuth’s draft would benefit even those charged in corruption cases like Thaksin Shinawatra. Mockingly nicknamed ‘Hua Khiang’ (meaning a person whose head’s shape looks like a cutting board), his draft put Premier Yingluck in a situation like a crab climbing up a cutting board because of strong disagreement from the people nationwide, including some Red Shirts who are the main supporters of the Pheu Thai government and Thaksin.]

ASTV Manager Weekly, 26 October 2013

From ASTV Manager Weekly, October 26, 2013
Cover reads: Tom Yam Red. Where’s my money?! [with the word ‘Yam’ struck out]

[Tom Yam is the famous Thai spicy soup. But if we strike out the word ‘Yam’, then ‘Tom’ alone means ‘to boil’, which also has another meaning of ‘to con someone.’ So the real meaning of the cover is ‘Con the Red (Shirts).’ This refers to the blanket amnesty bill proposed by a Pheu Thai MP, Prayuth Siriphanich. The bill would give a pardon to everybody involved in political crises since after the September 19, 2006 coup d’etat. This leads to criticism that the Pheu Thai government conned the Red Shirt supporters into making them support a bill to free protesters arrested during the 2009 and 2010 sieges of Bangkok. However, the bill was then switched to be a blanket amnesty covering those who were involved in the shooting of protesters after the 2010 events.]

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