Weekly News Magazines, August, 2018

From Matichon Weekly, August 17-23, 2018

[Refer to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, wife of the late King Rama IX (center), together with His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (left) and Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn make merit on the occasion of Her Majesty Queen’s birthday on August 12.]

From Siamrath weekly review, August 17-23, 2018
Main cover reads: Don’t believe [white] in what you see

[This is related the recent political churn are politicians prepare for coming elections. In particular, the disclosure by former Democrat Party MP Nakhom Machim. He apologized to former PM Thaksin and Yingluck for being part of the conspiracy hatched by the military, elites, judiciary and other anti-Thaksin groups to destroy the power of the Shinawatra family.]

From Manager Weekly, August 18-24, 2018
Main cover reads: Sek Loso [red] Live [white] a phenomenon haunts the Red Shirt.
In the background is the logo of the Red Shirt talk show “Truth Today.”

[Refers to rocker Sek Loso (pictured) once a fervent supporter of Thaksin and Yingluck. Recently, went on Facebook Live to criticize Thaksin and Yingluck for corruption and said he now supported PM Prayuth. Many Red Shirts, including Thanksin’s son Panthongtae, criticized him. Despite the recent Red Shirt defections to the military camp, Sek Leso’s statements supporting the PM seemed frantic and unorganized leading come commenters to think he was abusing drugs or was having a manic episode.]

Top: When dad overacts. [red] It causes an impact to his son. [black] Disclose another view from [green] Yutthapong Paochinda
[Refers to Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda (left) defending his son Yutthapong Paochinda (right) against allegations of having a business interest in the garbage management project that Anupong is supervising.]

Bottom left: “Big brother Ae” [white] Dean Rapper from “a student who was almost retired” to become [yellow] “a popular person among the younger generation”
[Refers to professor Dr. Suchatvee ‘Ae’ Suwansawat, dean of the King Mongkut Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL). A video clip circulated showing Dr. Suchatvee, known as big brother Ae among the students, introducing the university by rapping.
In 2015, he pretended to be a freshman student on orientation day as well.]

Bottom right: Disclose [red] “a major allegation” [white] caused Big Tu to use the Article 44 to fire the AMLO Secretary-general to stop [red] “a betrayer”
[Refers to PM Prayuth who used his absolute under Article 44 to summarily remove Pol. Maj. General Romsit Wiriyasan (pictured) from his position as secretary-general of the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO), a post he has held for less than two months.
Although publicly it was sated he was removed for unsatisfactory performance, it is rumored that Romsit’s close relationship with Thaksin and Yingluck’s supporters is the reason for his ouster.]

From Lokwannee, August 17-23, 2018
Main cover reads: Oumm… peung!! (Please receive medicine at counter 21) [“Oumm…peung” means something like “abracadabra”]
Above the audience: Yeah yeah yeah…
[Refers to rocker Sek Loso who attacked Thaksin and Yingluck on a live Facebook session and announced that he supported the junta.
His ex-wife said that he is a bipolar and urgently needs to meet a doctor.
This cover illustrates how Thai people, particularly the junta’s supporters, misunderstand about dictatorship and democracy.
According to the cover, the junta has been trying to make people think that dictatorship is the same as democracy.
The cover says that these people need to have real information on democracy and should watch the Red Shirt’s Voice TV which is on Channel 21.]

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