Weekly News Magazines: Prayuth, put down your power, September, 2017

From Matichon Weekly, September 22-28, 2017
Main cover reads: ‘Stop holding it’ please.
[The cover shows PM Prayuth Chan-ocha and Monk Phra Thamputhimonkol. This refers to a conversation between PM Prayuth Chan-ocha and Phra Thamputhimonkol, the abbot of Pa Lelai Worawihan temple, during the PM’s visit to Suphanburi province.
In the conversation, Phra Thamputhimonkol advised PM Prayuth to let things go to relieve his stress. This is expressed in Thai as “a person who holds too many things in his hands cannot hold any new things.”
The cover seems to joke that PM Prayuth should not hold on to power anymore and conduct an election as long promised.]
Top right: The incident took place in London. When ‘Big Pom’ flew. ‘Maew-Poo’ [Thaksin-Yingluck] welcomed. Super ‘imagine’ of reconciliation?
[Refers to the rumor that Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan, whose nickname is “Pom,” and met with Thaksin and Yingluck to cut a deal over Thai politics in the future.]

From Siamrath Weekly Review, September 22-28, 2017
Main cover reads: ‘Pa Yuth’s model’
Top left to right: Newin Chidchob; who is the next person?
Bottom left to right: Somsak Thepsutin, Sonthaya khunpluem
[Refers to the model for election under PM Prayuth’s rule. This article is about the possible options for an elected government after the junta. The men pictured, some who have been at odds with Thaksin, are thought to be key for a future coalition that preserves junta power.
Prayuth is called “Pa” (or father) in the headline to emphasize that he is in charge of shaping the next government.]

From Manager Weekly, September 23-29, 2017
Main cover reads: Sources of wealth of the silent tiger
On the blimp: Royal Thai Army
Close to the Red Bull logo: ‘Fake’ referendum
Inside the red circle: Red Bull’s forest
Inside the red circle close to a solider: GT-20
Next to a small photo of PM Prayuth: Article 44 expels the EIA-City planning
Inside the red circle: Ten billion-baht waste-to-energy plants
[This documents the alleged scandals and collusion that appear to be related to military rule–particularly to Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda.
The cover documents questionable schemes related to him, including the approval for purchasing the blimps, granting a lease for a community forest to energy company Red Bull over the protest of locals, purchasing ineffective GT-20 bomb detectors and using the absolute power of Article 44 to get around Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) for the building of waste-to-energy plants.
Interior Minister Anupong is referred as the “silent tiger” as he a member of the Eastern Tigers who keeps relatively silent and rarely talks to the media compared to others in the junta.]
Top: So true ‘Zor 7’ disclosed since the year 53 that ‘Amy’ involved with drugs!?
[Refers TV actress Amelia ‘Amy’ Jacobs who recently was caught with her boyfriend in possession of illeal drugs. In the Thai year 2553, or 2010, a columnist named Zor 7 who reported on gossip in the Manager newspaper wrote that she involved with drugs. However, at that time, Amy denied this news.]
Bottom left: “Big brother-Big boss” [white] Sign a ratification “ShinSuwan” rises up
[Refers to a rumor that Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan flew to the UK for talks with PM Thaksin related to the future of politics.
“ShinSuwan” refers to the alleged new alliance of Thaksin (“Shin” from Shinawatra) and Prawit (“Suwan” from Wongsuwan).
This magazine is vigorously anti-Thaksin and thus would be the first to sound the the alarm over reports that the army thought they could make a deal with him.]
Right: Disclose ‘Kae’ [white] “Laem can’t live without me”
[Refers to Patchariwan ‘Kae’ Kanha, a girlfriend of world boxing champion Srisaket (nicknamed “Laem”).]

From Lokwannee, September 23-29, 2017
Main cover reads: A leader chooses the frogs
Frog on the left: Even I die, I can’t answer it.
Date below the frog: 19 September 2549
Frog on the right: Makes it useless.
Date below the frog: 22 May 2557
Sign in the background: The National Council for Fun [ridiculing the name of the junta, the National Council for Peace and Order]
[Refers to 10-year anniversary of the coup on September 19, 2006 (or Thai year 2549) which deposed Thaksin. Eight years later the military also overthrew Thaksin’s sister Yingluck after an attempt by the then-government to create a pardon for Thaksin.
This cover references Aesop’s Fable “The frogs who desired a king” about frogs who choose a ruler, but live to regret it.
The cover points out that in Thailand’s politics, the people (or frogs) cannot choose their leader because the military overthrows elected governments.]

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