From Siamrath Weekly Review, July 13-19, 2018
Main cover reads: Phenomenon of “13 Wild Boars”
[Refers to the cave rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team that transfixed the nation.
At top right is a story about the fourth marriage of former PM Chavalit Yongchaiyudh.]
From Matichon Weekly, July 13-19, 2018
Main cover reads: Have merit, but… (something) covered up
[Refers to the dual dramas of the cave rescue of the soccer team and the mass Chinese deaths on a ferry. While the world was riveted to the drama of the trapped soccer team, the scores of Chinese tourists who died on the ferry were rarely mentioned.
PM Prayuth (pictured) was praised for the successful mission to rescue the trapped soccer team. However, many Chinese expressed their dissatisfaction on social media due to a remarks of Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan who blamed Chinese tour operations as the cause of the cave tragedy.
The title mimics the Thai proverb that says “having merit, but has something cover it up.” Here it means Prayuth gets popularity from the way the government handled the cave rescue, but this is offset by the Chinese ferry tragedy.]
Top right: Not on time to help ‘Wild Boars,’ but be touched. Know about Elon Musk of SpaceX
[Refers to SpaceX founder Elon Musk who flew to Thailand to help rescue the trapped soccer. Although the submarine he brought was not be able to used for this rescue mission, his name was recognized by the public for his kindness to support the rescue mission.]
From Manager Weekly, July 14-20, 2018
Main cover reads: Hooyah… Wild Boars mission; Hero of the Tham Luang
Inside yellow circle: Special additional 8 pages with 4 color pages; collecting all moments of the mission to rescue the Wild Boars
[More on the cave rescue. This mission led by former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn (pictured center).]
From Lokwannee, July 13-19, 2018
Main cover reads: Waiting for 20 years more to get out from the cave
[Refers to the future of Thai politics under the junta. This cover compares the soccer team with the junta’s 20-year development and political plans designed to prevent elected governments from diverting from major development plans. The last elected government’s unprecedented spending funneled money directly to rice farmers in price supports. This cover laments that it will be long time before political parties can really control the nation’s budget again.]