Weekly News Magazines, July 24-31, 2015

Loowannee_27 July

From Lokwannee, July 27, 2015
Main cover reads: Almost (fall) melt
[This one is very tricky. It plays with Thai words; ล้ม=fall and ละลาย= melt but when those two combine together will mean ล้มละลาย= bankrupt.]
Ice: Power
[Refers to the junta’s current situation which is facing with several problems–particularly drought. This pro-Red Shirt weekly predicts those problems could lead to the collapse of the junta.]

Manager_25_31 July

From Manager Weekly, July 25-31, 2015
Main cover reads: No matter how [it is] reshuffled, the cabinet will [still] be
Men on the cover: PM Prayuth and Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan
[This means that no matter how many times the junta reshuffles its cabinet, Dep. PM Prawit will still be the key power behind the reshuffling.]
Top right: Long live the Prince
[Refers to the Prince’s birthday on 28 July.]
Bottom left: ‘Thammy-Maew’ who have power beyond the Section 44
[Refers to the cases of abbot ‘Thammakaya’ from the Dhammakaya sect and Thaksin, whose nickname is Meaw. The writer alleges both have violated the law, but despite thje junta public attempts to crack down on them, they are unable to.]
Bottom right: [pink] “Big Tu” takes it seriously to dispatch [green] ‘military’ to control [pink] the energy sector; coal-fired power plant.
[PM Prayuth has been pushing for the quick construction of coal-fired plants despite local opposition. This is another area where the supposedly absolute power junta is not fully able to exercise its will.]

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From Matichon Weekly, July 24-30, 2015
Main cover reads: Not change! I believe him
[Man on the cover is head of the economic team, MR Pridiyathorn Devakula and PM Prayuth is in the background.
This cover refers to the relationship between MR Pridiyathorn and the junta. The junta is under pressure form the economic woes and it is thought they will replace members of their economic advisers. MR Pridiyathorn agrees that a reshuffle with happen, but insists it will not impact he and his team.]
Top right: When ‘Nattanan’ M.6 submitted a ‘blank paper’
[Refers to senior high school student (“M.6”) Nattanan Warintarawet who submitted a blank paper during her exam with the intention to protest the junta over an offensive question on the test. The exam asked how the students could comply with and implement the 12 core values of Thai people as drawn up by the military after the coup.]

nation_24 july

From Nation Weekend, July 24, 2015
Main cover reads: Have you asked ‘a monk’ yet?
Man on the cover: Suthep Thaugsuban
[Refers to People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader Suthep who will leave monkhood and, according to PDRC’s spokesman Ekkanat, decide to be a head of a foundation to support the reform of a country. This covers implies that while the PDRC has announced their future plans, they need to ask Suthep first who is really in charge.]
Top right: Come back. New PDRC confirms to support NCPO
[The man is Ekkanat Promphan, PDRC’s spokesman.]

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