From Nation Weekend, September 27, 2013
Cover reads: 2013 Heroines
[Reference is to Thailand’s national woman volleyball team’s victory over China on September 21. The victory made the team the Asian champion for the second time. The first time was in 2009, also by defeating China.]
From Matichon Weekly, September 27, 2013
Cover reads: ‘Smart people’s’ activity, Smart Gentlemen
[Reference is to the Democrat Party’s announcement of its Smart Gentleman Project ‘Thailand: Strength to Strength 2020’. The project, parallel to the government’s Thai Khem Khaeng (Strong Thailand) is intended to offer the people an alternative to the government’s record 2.2 trillion spending plan with more a a focus on education and public health.]
From ASTV Manager Weekly, September 28, 2013
Cover reads: EHIA Pluak… Oops!
Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi, dressed as a historical Thai figure, says: Free “anti-Mae Wong Dam construction” sticker included [inside the magazine]
[Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi is responsible for water management projects which includes the construction project of the Mae Wong Dam and has reacted furiously to opponents of dam construction.
‘Pluak’ means ‘termite.’ The pronunciation is similar to ‘Plod’, the first syllable of Plodprasop’s name and is sometimes used as his nickname in the press. Plodprasop notoriously said that forests could be regenerated after being destroyed by the construction of dams.
EHIA is the Environmental Health Impact Assessment.
Dam protesters gathered at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center to join Sasin Chalermlarp, secretary of Seub Nakhasathien Foundation in a protest against the government’s Mae Wong Dam construction project. Sasin and his supporters manifested their strong disagreement of the dam by walking 338 kilometers from Mae Wong National Park in Nakhon Sawan Province to their destination at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center in Bangkok on September 22.]