Weekly News Magazines, March 17-31, 2017

From Nation Weekend, March 17, 2017
Main cover reads: Tax for three-four lives

[Refers to the junta’s attempt to collect the taxes from Thaksin’s family from selling Shin Corp in 2006. “Three-four lives” implies the long period of time it would take to pay off the tax. Many critics have expressed their concern that the junta may fail to collect the tax or let it expire in exchange for political reconciliation with Thaksin.]

Top-right: Dhammakaya must leave. ‘Wat Suvarnabhumi’ new center for ‘new millionaires’

[Refers to Suvarnahumi Buddha Jayanyi temple which has recently become well-known for its ambition to speak on behalf of world Buddhism and for its ability to attract rich and powerful supporters.
This was previously the profile of besieged Dhammakaya temple which is now facing restructuring as authorities continue to attempt to arrest its abbot.]

From Matichon Weekly, March 17-23, 2017
Main cover reads: Repeating decimal

[Refers to the mission to arrest Dhammakaya temple’s abbot Dhammachayo. The cover implies the battle between the authorities and Dhammakaya will be endless until Dhammachaya is arrested.]

Top right: Yuwadee Tunyasiri ‘Piaja’ of Surapol Donavanik

[Refers to veteran journalist Yuwadee Tunyasiri who passed away at age 71 due an abdominal bleeding. “Piaja” is the title of famous song composed by the well-respect musician Surapol Donavanik about Yuwadee when she was young. “Pia” in Thai means pigtails.
Yuwadee visited Surapol after he was arrested and he then wrote the song about “a beautiful lady with pigtails” who inspired him when he was in jail.]

From Manager Weekly, March 18-24, 2017
Main cover reads: Power of [red] ‘political counsel’ pull out ‘Oak-Aim’

[The people are Thaksin’s son Panthongtae ‘Oak’ Shinawatra and his daughter Pintongta ‘Aim’ Shinawatra Kunakornwong. This cover is about well-known political counsel Wissanu Krea-Ngam who has served as legal advisor for both Thaksin’s government and the current junta. Critics question whether he is brokering a deal to end the attempt to collect taxes from Thaksin’s family in exchange for a reconciliation deal with Thaksin.]

Top: End of the beautiful world. Can we accept that ‘Dhammachayo’ won.

[Refers to the mission to arrest Dhammakaya’s abbot Dhammachaya. The article heaps ridicule on authorities for failing to capture him.]

Bottom left: Summer hot and a drama of photo book

[Refers to Passarana Ussadamongkol, known as “Beer the Voice,” who will first issue a photo book of sexy photos for summer. However, before the book was launched, she posted a sad and disappointed message on her Facebook and caused people wonder about her state of mind.]

Right: Investigate the secret land ‘Thai PBS’ after ‘Doctor Krisada’ resigned due to the stocks

[Refers the article disclosing about the problem inside Thai PBS after its chief Krisda Rueangareerat, a former dentist, resigned after he came under criticism for investment in debentures from Charoen Pokphand Food (CPF).]

From Lokwannee, March 25-21, 2017
Main cover reads: Even though times have passed, the ‘magical’ has never changed.
On the newspaper: Find the secret tunnel in Thammasart to keep the powerful weapons.
In the parentheses: Do whatever you please

[Implies that the government is lying about Dhammakaya temple having secret tunnels and other fortifications. To make this point, the cover references claims the government made in 1976 about the siege at Thammasasat University. The government justified the massacre of protesting students at the time by claiming that the students has a secret tunnel where they stored powerful weapons to be used in a communist takeover of Thailand.]

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