Weekly News Magazines: Two Political Systems, October, 2018

From Matichon Weekly, October 12-18, 2018
Main cover reads: ‘Franchise’ of politics
[Refers to two political systems; dictatorship under the National Council for Peace and Order led by PM Prayuth (left) or elected parties represented by Thaksin (right).
As the election is coming, the junta has launched several initiatives to win the public’s support. Some are similar to the populist policies of Thaksin.]

Top: Double S.E.A. Write woman ‘Veeraporn Nitiprapha’ and ‘magic realism of manga’, a symbol in novel of ‘hiding’ of history.
[Refers to novelist Veeraporn Nitiprapha, who won the S.E.A. Write Award this year for her novel collection “Descendant of the century and the memory of the memory of the back-rose-cat.” This is her second award after her first winning in 2015. This headline describes her novel. In the story, she illustrates a human’s story through a cat’s view of various incidents in history.]

From Siamrath Weekly Review, October 12-18, 2018
Main cover reads: Missing you and looking up at the sky. Still seeing you there. Your theories and teachings. Your ideas are like blessings. People who follow your path will be prosperous.

[Refers to the 1st anniversary of the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama IX). His Majesty is known as Thai beloved king and the father of the nation as he did so many things to help his people have better lives. Even though he has passed away, his teachings, particularly on the sustainable economy, are still being used to help people live their lives in peace and happiness.]

From Lokwannee, October 12-19, 2018
Main cover reads: Everyone loves me.
Words beside dinosaur: Ho… Ho… Ho… [the sound of booing or jeering in Thai]

[Refers to Deputy PM Prawit who denied he was being jeered when he attended a motorcycle race in Burirum province. He said that he was welcomed by the people.
The cover uses a dinosaur to represent the junta adn indicate it is old-fashioned.]

From Manager Weekly, October 13-19, 2018
Main cover reads: [Left] Escape [mid] Escape [right] don’t escape?
[Refers to Thaksin’s son Panthongtae Shinawatra (right), who has been charged with money laundering. There is a concern that finally he will be exiled like his father Thaksin (left) and his aunt Yingluck (middle) whom fled to escape corruption charges.]

Top: Disclose a ten billion deal [orange] GPSC-GLOW [black] failed. This is just the first round of [orange] “a war of energy business group”
[Refers to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) which did not approve the deal to purchase of GLOW stocks by PTT’s company GPSC.
PTT exists almost as a law unto itself. Such a ruling against them indicates the titanic divisions behind the scenes that wish to block the deal.]
Bottom left: Watch boxing program “ONE” in 2019; raising the fund 166 million USD to expand in Japan and enhance the alliances
[Refers to the ONE Championship program which is about a mixed martial arts, Thai boxing kickboxing, boxing, etc.
After huge popularity, the company is planning to raise USD 166 million through joining hands with investors to expand to other markets, such as Japan.]

Right: Collecting a tax [yellow] ‘Dog-cat’s slave’ [white] is in chaos. ‘Uncle Tu’ loses face and orders to review it again.
[Refers to a proposal to tax pet owners per pet they own.
After a huge outcry from the public, the junta, led by PM Prayuth (whose nickname is “Tu”), backed down and said they would review the proposal.
Thais call people who love dogs and cats “slave of those animals” as they are willing to do everything to please their pets.]

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