Weekly News Magazines: September 25-October 2, 2015

25 sep

From Nation Weekend, September 25, 2015
Main cover reads:  Police’s lighting rod

[The woman on the cover is “Tant” Chitpas Kridakorn, This cover refers to Chitpas Kridakorn, whose nickname is Tant, a former member of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). Tant applied for a police job. However, the police protested having this former anti-government protester on the force (widley know to be loyal to Thaksin). Thus, she decided to withdraw her application.]

Left: Comedians fight
Wake [yellow] ‘Sangtong’ up and express his concern over a handsome man.
[The man in the picture is famous comedian ‘Songtong.’ Refers to the copyright of a controversial song ‘A Handsome Man.’ After a conflict among the comedians about the ownership of this song, finally one of the famous songwriters confirmed that this song originated from Songtong, a famous comedian, who has already passed away.]

2nd headline: Disclose [yellow] ‘Chuchart’
[We cannot read this sentence] [yellow] Adem
[This article introduces Chuchart Kanpai who suddenly volunteered to become a lawyer for Ratchaprasong bomb suspect Adem. This raised eyebrows as he has previously for Red Shirt implicated in terrorism cases. It is suspected that he was ordered to insert himself into the case because a prominent Red Shirt bombing suspect, named Odd, has been connected to the Rajaprasong bombing case.]

3rd headline: Thepchai Yong
[yellow] ‘Donald Trump’
US President
[Refers to Thepchai Yong’s column written about Donald Trump, American tycoon, who is running for president in the U.S.]

26 sep_2 Oct

From Manager Weekly, September 26-October 2, 2015
Main cover reads: Police’s populist
A woman in the picture is Chitpas Kridakorn
Inside a box: Disclose
“Celebrity police”
Handsome-rich-Driving Ferrari-close ties with the stars
[Refers to a recent action of Chitpas Kridakorn, whose nickname is Tant, a former member of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). She applied to be a police officer and the police strongly protested.
Some criticized the police response that shows that the police force is more concerned with making sure pro-Thaksin allies are on the force instead of making the force neutral ground and hiring people of ability. The headline of the cover, however, is sarcastic to Chitpas and her celebrity status.]

Top left: Cool and handsome man
[pink] Famous causes to the copyright conflict
A man in the picture is Jack Chuanchuen
[Refers to the song ‘Cool and handsome man’ of Jack Chuanchuen which now facing a conflict for its copyright.]

Bottom left: The big problem is not [orange] ‘people’s states’ The story which [red] ‘Brother Kuang’ can not tell.
A man in the picture is Somkid Jatusripitak
[Refers to Somkid Jatusripitak’s economic strategy focusing on the people’s states. The strategy leads to the question whether it will return to the populist as Thaksinomics. Kuang is Somkid’s Chinese name.]

Bottom right: Watch out [red] ‘Thaksin’ pretending to be dead or almost died. Asking the ‘international community’ to destroy the NCPO.
[The man in the center is Thaksin. Refers to Thaksin’s political maneuvers. Some people believe that he is behind the international pressure against the junta and Red Shirt leaders reveal he has ordered them not to protest, but “play dead”. The NCPO is the National Council for Peace and Order (the junta).]

28 set

From Lokwannee, September 21, 2015
Main cover reads:  [black] Cool and handsome man
[green] The same persons, same group, really handsome!!
On the shoe wax cover: Service assembly
Political counsel
[This uses the ‘Cool and handsome man’ song copyright controversy to refer to the establishment of the National Strategic Committee for Reform and Reconciliation (NSCRR). This would be an extra-electoral body that is criticized as being a tool for the junta to retain its influence. Some of the NSCRR members will be former members of the Constitutional Drafting Committee.
The show wax covers means these people will be shining the military’s shoes (or looking out for their interests).]

matichon_25 sep1 oct

From Matichon Weekly, September 25-October 1, 2015
Main cover reads:  [yellow] Old liquor ‘populist’
[red] New bottle ‘people’s state’
[The man on the cover is Somkid Jatusripitak. Refers to the new economic strategy led by Somkid, a head of the junta’s economic team. Although the new team will be focus on “helping people,” the concern is whether it will return to the populist policies of ‘Thaksinomics.’ Somkid is known as the architect of Thaksinomics.
The colors of Somkid’s suit refers the period when he took sides with Thaksin’s government as a “red” and then with with the junta as a “green.” In Thai, the phrase “old liquor in the new bottle” means to rename the old thing to fool people it is a new thing.]

Headline at the top right: ‘Tant Chitpas’
Black loved ribbon
Reach (can’t) to the star
[The woman in the picture is Chitpas Kridakorn. See explanation above.]

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