Weekly News Magazines: Everyone Goes to the UK, October, 2017

From Siamrath Weekly Review, October 6-12, 2017
Main cover reads: The destination is [red] ‘London’

[Photo is of Thaksin’s son Panthongtae Shinawatra and former PM Yingluck Shinawatra. Yingluck has already fled a court verdict overseas. Thaksin’s son, perhaps the only reliable family member left who might lead the Pheu Thai Party in Thaksin’s stead, is now being legally hounded over an alleged money laundering scheme. It is thought that he will have no choice but to follow both Thaksin and Yingluck’s examples and flee the legal proceedings.]

From Lokwannee, October 7-13, 2017
Main cover reads: Documentation of 6 Oct [small] From Chula Thammasat to Ratchadamoen Ratchaprasong
At bottom: Don’t miss! The program ‘Return happiness’ Friday 6 October at 8pm Thailand’s time. Adjusting the attitude with ‘Prof. Dr. Surachart Bamrungsuk” Live! On Facebook and YouTube title Lokwannee “LokWanNee”

[This refers to a new website entitled “Documentation of 6 Oct” launched by various groups including Chulalongkorn and Thammasat universities.
The chairs probably refer to some of the notorious images from the October 6, 1976 that include an enraged mob hitting a lynched student with a folding chair.
This cover seems to urge people not to forget this incident as this kind of incident has happened at similar times since–such as during Black May 1992 and the Red Shirt protests in 2010. All the incidents include a lack of culpability for military men who killed others.
The cover adds a notice for an anti-junta web talk at the bottom on the cover, to seemingly emphasize that the military once again is firmly in control of the country.]

From Manager Weekly, October 6-12, 2017
Main cover reads: Good bye, people.

[Refers to Thai monk Phra Prommangkalachan who is known as a spiritual supporter for the success of UK premier league team Leicester City. The team’s owner is Thai businessman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Recently, there was a report that Phra Prommangkalachan was missing from his temple and the rumor circulated that he was trying to escape to the UK after the junta once again renewed their reform of the Buddhist clergy. Buddhism has gained a criticized on violating the Buddhist principles.]

Top: Future of [red] ‘Barcelona’ Catalonia effect. Politics is shaking Spain’s sport

[The man is Gerard Pique. Refers to an attempt of Catalonia to be independent from Spain. If Catalonia becomes independent, FC Barcelona, Catalonia’s most famous sport team, will be affected and many of their team players including Gerard Pique are from Catalonia. However, the team has insisted that they are neutral and are not involved with politics.]

Left: “Madam Dear” Because of unconditional love, it makes her come as far as today…

[Refers to an interview of Watanya Wongopasi, known as Madam Dear. She is a former manager of Thailand’s under-23 national football team. She recently had to resign from her post as new rules removed all the present managers of Thai football teams.]

Middle: ‘Uncle Tu’ gets credit. ‘American’ can sell their goods; For Thai people, is it ok for the junta to strongly express their views on the North Korea

[Refers to the meeting between PM Prayuth Chan-ocha and President Donald Trump in the US. This legitimized the military-controlled government of Thailand to an extent. Those two discussed various issues including trade (the US wants to sell more to Thailand) and measures to deal with the North Korean issue (asking how forcefully Tnailand’s non-confrontational foreign policy can be heard in Washington.]

Right: [orange circle] Special [blue] From stone heart to diamond heart people. Voluntarily stop drinking for merit for the king.

[Refers to the campaign to encourage people to quit drinking in honor of King Rama IX. This article shares the experiences of people who successful stopped drinking and become a new person–which Thais call going from a stone heart to diamond heart person. In Thai, a stone heart or diamond-hearted person means a person who is very strong and can contend with anything.]

From Matichon Weekly, October 6-12, 2017
Main cover reads: With a great honor

[Refers to a visit to the White House of PM Prayuth to the White House. This illustrates that the ties between those two countries have changed. Under former President Barack Obama, The US kept pressure on the junta to hold quick elections and return the democracy to the country.
However, things changed under Trump. Perhaps to counter issues with China and North Korea, Trump wishes to strengthen cooperation with Thailand to balance those two powers and this led to an invitation from the US to the junta leader to visit the White House.]

Top: ‘Country road’ bloody 59 deaths in ‘Las Vegas’ frightening ‘Trump’
[Refers to the Las Vegas shooting on 1 October 2017 that caused 59 deaths. US President Donald Trump called this incident was ‘act of pure evil.’]

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