Weekly News Magazines: Raising Chickens for the Military, July, 2018

From Matichon Weekly, July 20-26, 2018
Main cover reads: Absorb ‘red’ destroy the ‘ground’
[Refers to PM Prayuth who is attracting Red Shirt politicians to pro-military political parties. This would tend to eliminate the grassroots support that has enabled political parties controlled by Thaksin to win elections.]

Top right: Check the regulation ‘in the cave’ sending the military conscripts to raise the chickens. Trend for a call to reform the military.
[Refers to a video posted on the Facebook complaining about military conscripts who were ordered to raise chickens for a higher-ranking military officer’s personal benefit.
“In the cave” is an idiom to refer to old-style people. This phrase ridicules the old-style corrupt actions of those in the military.]

From Siamrath Weekly Review, July 20-26, 2018
Main cover reads: Cut [white] arms [red] cut [white] legs
[Refers to Thaksin and his Pheu Thai Party. “To cut (someone’s) arms and legs” is Thai saying that means to metaphorically cripple someone.
In this case, it refers to Thaksin and his Pheu Thai Party which are struggling with defections. These surprising defections even include elected Red Shirt MPs who are jumping to pro-military parties.]

From Lokwannee, July 20-27, 2018
Main cover reads: What should I do… they lent me.
Col. Sanders: Raising chickens gives more benefits than we expect
[Refers to a case of video of the military conscripts complaining about being ordered to raise chickens for higher-ranking military officers’ personal benefit.]

From Manager Weekly, July 21-27, 2018
Main cover reads: Trash is invading!
[Refers to Deputy PM Anupong Paochinda, a soldier from the influential Eastern Tigers military clique who is a pushing a controversial waste-to-energy project. This project has been criticized by the public and the NGOs as it causes environment concerns and requires massive budgets. Regional politicians who have dared resist the project have been transferred to other posts.]

Top: “Pheu Thai” [black] was broken. Don’t be surprised. [red] “Thaksin” [red] threw the card to be surrendered. “Jae Dang” didn’t want to spend.
[Refers to the current situation of the Pheu Thai Party which is facing members leaving the party to join Prayuth-supporting groups. The headline mentions “Jae Dang” who is Yaowapa “Dang” Wongsuwan, Thaksin’s sister.
Despite denials, it is common knowledge that Pheu Thai MPs are on the payroll of the Shinawatra family and the cohesion of the political grouping owes much to the willingness of the family to pay MPs for their loyalty.
In recent months word has spread that the Yaowapa, who served as the party paymaster within the country, began to be unwilling to dole out the under-the-table payments that the family had used for almost 20 years to hold its political power base together.
This is apparently one of the main factors that has finally led to the defection of Pheu Thai MPs.
The headline implies that, in this political game, Thaksin plays his first card, but it is a losing one as his MPs are deserting him.]
Bottom left: Revive [blue] “Italian Serie A” [white] Keep eyes on Ronaldo’s [white] effect.
[Refers to famous soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured) who recently has joined Italian soccer club Juventus. This not only helps to revive the popularity of Italian Serie A, but other famous soccer players are now considering to join the Italian soccer league.]
Bottom right: Open Warp of [blue] BNK 48 Generation 2 [white] who will be the most [yellow] “popular” [white] next?
[Refers to the famous girl group “BNK 48.” After gaining huge popularity from fans, the group is now launching their next round of performers.]

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