Weekly News Magazines, June 24-July 1, 2016


From Nation Weekend, June 24, 2016
Main cover reads: Big brother of Dhamakaya

[The man on the cover is a former DTAC boss and well-known businessman Boonchai Bencharongkull. Refers to Boochai calling Dhammakaya temple’s followers of Dhammakaya temple to help protect respected Abbot Dhammachayo from being apprehended and charged on money laundering charges. Meanwhile, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is closely examining the legality for his action.]

Top right: ‘Suu Kyi’ opens the new chapter Thai-Myanmar relations in the era of people dominating the country. [meaning in “the era of democracy”]

[The woman in the picture is Myanmar’s foreign minister and state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi who visited Thailand to strengthen the relationship among the two countries. She also discussed Myanmar workers’ rights in Thailand.]

Headlines on the right side:

1st: “Soon” Matichon. The monks asks “what do you want?”

[The word “soon” in Isan mean “very angry.” This is about a monk and activist who wrote a song to promote the referendum of draft constitution. The song was criticized for looking down on northeastern people.
Matichon newspaper has continually used this song and its controversial lyrics to criticize the motives of the junta. This focus has become so intense that Matichon’s bias on this issue has become a topic of discussion.]

2nd: The NCPO defeats the UDD [yellow] Ends the disruption in the referendum

[Refers to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) trying to deal with the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) or the Red Shirts. The Red Shirts are trying to conduct activities to call on people to reject the draft constitution. The title alludes to the multiple incidents where the junta prevents the Red Shirts from anti-charter activities.]

3rd: Tears of [yellow] ‘Chai Moo’ [white] Water-logged not a flood

[Refers to Bangkok Governor ML Sukhumbhan Poripatra nicknamed Chai Moo. He has been criticized for his response toward the heavy flooding in Bangkok. He told the public not the public not to worry as Bangkok was not actually flooded and there was only excess water that had to drain.]

4th: ‘GT200’ [white] haunted. Old sin of the military

[Refers to a fake bomb detector GT 200 scandal. Recently, the British court ordered the company selling the GT200 to pay compensation to some countries that were defrauded. This issue has raised questions about the lack of transparency for Thai military procurement.]


From Matichon Weekly, June 24-30, 2016
Main cover reads: We [inside a heart] love [blue] UN
The man with telephone is UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
The man with yellow shirt is PM Prayuth while group of men in black shirts are prominent Red Shirts led by [left] Nattawut [2nd from the left] Jatuporn and [3rd] Weng

[This refers to the political game between the junta and the Red Shirts who trying to involve international organizations to pressure the junta. Recently, the Red Shirts made a compliant to the UN human right body on infringements of their rights when the junta shut down their anti-fraud centers established to monitor the constitution referendum. However, soon after the Red Shirt’s move, PM Prayuth said to the media that he had already called to the UN Secretary General to explain about the reasons behind the crackdown.]

Top right: Temple boy Tycoon. Mopping the floor. Big cleaning ‘Dhammakaya’ to protect his respected abbot

[The man in the middle is a former DTAC boss Boonchai Bencharongkul who urged the followers of Dhammakaya temple to go to the temple to practice dhamma in order to help free their respected Abbot Dhammachayo from all bad things. Dhammachaya is now facing the charges of money laundry and his followers trying to block the police from arresting him.]


From Lokwannee, June 25-July 1, 2016
Main cover reads: …Admitted that at first it worked…

[Refers to the scandal of the GT200 bomb detectors purchased by the Thai military. This scandal has reignited claims that the military seems unable to really fight graft and make military procurement transparent. The cover image mimics the bogus GT200 as a dried cucumber (perhaps mimicking the human organ). The headline reminds people that the military long insisted that this bomb detector worked and resisted attempts to investigate their procurement.]


From Manager Weekly, June 25-July 1, 2016
Main cover reads: Seem to be very quiet, [black] but I take everything naja.
The man on the cover is Interior Minister and former army chief Anupong Paochinda.
Pictures on the left: Airship, GT 200, Armored vehicle, waste disposal plants.

[Refers to Gen. Anupong. Under his supervision, there were many scandals related to military’s procurement which raised concern about transparency. This anti-Thaksin periodical joins with the pro-Thaksin Lokwannee above to remind the public about army scandals. This is highly ironic as the military rules the country under the pledge of fighting corruption.
Gen. Anupong’s personality was very sedate and he did not get much attention from the media compared to other big-talking Eastern Tigers clique members, such as PM Prayuth or Deputy PM Prawit.
The headline jokes about this, saying Anupong is quiet, but still engaged in much corruption. It ends with “naja,” the feminine sentence-concluding word, to poke fun as his unmanly reserve.]

Top: #motherismother [pink] When mother Boom [white] met [orange] Janie

[The woman on the left is Boom Panadda Wongphudee and on the right is Janie Tienphosuwan.
Refers to the conflict between two well-known actresses Boom Panadda Wongphudee and Janie Tienphosuwan regarding the parking lots for their Fitness business. The phase ‘mother is mother’ is popular phase to praise a person who is very strong and no one can destroy.]

Bottom: Elder brother [blue] ‘Boonchai’ is not a president of [blue] ‘DTAC’ [white] (only in the name) naja

[The man in the picture is DTAC board chairman Boonchai Bencharongkul.
Refers to Boonchai who called the followers of Dhammakaya temple to go to the temple to practice dhamma in order to help protect their respected Abbot Dhammachayo who is now facing a charge on money laundering.
After he made the statement, DTAC company insisted that the company is distinct from its board members and politically neutral. They contedn that the actions of Boonchai should be considered a personal matter not related to the company.]

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