Weekly News Magazines, April 22-29, 2016


From Matichon Weekly, April 22, 2016
Main cover reads: Return the happiness [red] the real NCPO

[On the cover, there are pictures of Ratchanok Intanon and her boyfriend Pannawich Thongnuam.
This refers to the success of Ratchanon who becomes the world’s No.1 woman in badminton. Her success has brought the happiness to Thai people. Her father promised her to allow to have a boyfriend if she got the world’s No. 1 ranking. The cover jokes that this will return happiness to her. It uses the junta’s motto, “return happiness to the people” to make the joke.]

Top right: Why is ‘Watana’

[The man in the picture is former commence minister from Pheu Thai Party Watana Muangsook. He was charged by the military for violating the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) order banning political activities. He strongly criticized the draft constitution and questioned how democractic it was.]


From Nation Weekend, April 22, 2016
Main cover reads: Happy May’s day

[In the picture, Rachanok Intanon or May (middle) received a warm welcome from her parents after winning the Singapore Open and becoming No 1 in the world in woman’s badminton.]

Top right: Enjoy both sides of the Mekong River [yellow] ‘Thongloun Sisoulith’ [white] new Lao PM

[The man in the picture is Lao PM Thongloun Sisoulith who vows to upgrade the country and strengthen ties with neighboring countries, such as Thailand and other ASEAN members.]


From Lokwannee, April 23-29, 2016
Main cover reads: Do you think… Thailand is kamlang-watana country or under developing?
Three monkies at the bottom: Yeah.. Kai watana or Kai-oou

[Refers to military charges for former Pheu Thai Party member Watana Muangsook for violating the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) order banning political activities.
This cover plays with his name “Watana” meaning “develop” and the word “kamlan” put in front of it to create present continuous tense. So, the word “kamlang-watana” means “developing.” So the main title means “do you think Thailand is developing or is falling behind” and it does this by raising the issue of Wattana’s arrest.
The monkeys refer to Watana’s nickname “Kai” (“chicken” in English) and “Kai-oou” is government spokesman Maj.Gen. Sansern Kaewkamnerd’s nickname.]


From Manager Weekly, April 23-29, 2016
Main cover reads: Everyone does it [blue] Wongsuwan [heart] Chan-ocha [pink] the series
Big pictures in the cover (L-R): Patipat Chan-ocha and Gen. Preecha Chan-ocha
Pictures in the circles (L-R): PM Prayuth Chan-ocha, Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan, and former national police chief Pol General Patcharawat Wongsuwan.

[Refers to the brother of PM Prayuth–Gen. Preecah–who gave a job and army rank to his son Patipat and said it is a common practice in the military. This has been criticized by the public on an inappropriate use of power to benefit one’s own family. Likewise, Deputy PM Prawit has been criticized for trying to help his younger brother Pol Gen. Patcharawat to escape charges of dispersing a rally in 2008.]

Top: ‘Thai nationality’ [black] a request from [blue] “Nong May” [black] to reward [blue] Coach Xie’

[The woman is Rachanok Intanon or May (“Nong May” meaning “little sister May”) and her Chinese coach Xie. After winning winning a number 1 world ranking, Rachanok asked PM Prayuth to give Thai nationality to her Chinese coach Xie Zhuhua whom is behind her success.]

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