Covers of Thai magazines
(comments at the bottom are from http://2bangkok.com/
From Matichon Weekly, February 19-25, 2016
Main cover reads: 2559 [red] Makha Bucha
On a talipot fan held by a novice at bottom right: Soldiers need to protect the ‘monks’ naja.
[This cover ridicules the clash between thousands of monks and soldiers and Makha Bucha day. It is traditonal that monks gather on this day to listen to sermons on the Buddha. The cover pokes fun that this to point out that monks this year also gathered together, not to listen the Buddha’s teaching, but to show support for Somdej Chuang for being a new Supreme Patriarch. This action is thought to politically influenced by Thaksin as it strengthens the position of factions of Buddhists that support him.]
op right: Q and A Poo: Venerable monk from Wat Banglam ‘is the rice gone’
[The photo shows former PM Yingluck (nicknamed “Poo”) visiting Wat Banglam and the an wat’s abbot.
This refers to former PM Yingluck who paid her respects to the famous temple in Samut Songkhram provice. During her visit, an abbot asked her about the rice under the rice-pledging scheme and she confirmed to him that the rice has gone anywhere. Yingluck is facing charges for the Pheu Thai’s rice-pledging scheme.]
From Manager Weekly, February 20-26, 2016
Main cover reads: Why do we have monks?
[This shows the activities of celebrity and politically connected monks who behave in illegal or disrespectful ways.
The monk at the top is Phra Methee Dhammacharn, secretary-general of the Buddhism Protection Centre of Thailand who conducted the seminar to show a support of Somdej Chuang leading to the clash between monks and soldiers.
Kungfu Panda at right is used to mimic the look and pugnaciousness of Phra Methee Dhammacharn.
The monk in the middle right is Phra Dhammachayo, abbot of Dhammakaya temple who is now facing a charges filed by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) for embezzling funds.]
The logo at the middle left is from the Department of Special Investigation, Ministry of Justice
Under the logo: Honor, Expertise, Honesty
[At the bottom left is a photo of a monk holding a soldier in a headlock. This was during a surprise clash when monks overran a military position to demand the appointment of Somdej Chuang as Supreme Patriarch. Such surprise mass actions to overwhelm a security position brought to mind the actions of Red Shirts in the past.
All of this is connected to the battle to make sure Thaksin allies are in control of the Thai Buddhist hierarchy–especially ones connected to the controversial Dhammakaya temple.
At bottom right is the vintage Mercedes Benz owned by Somdej Chuang. It has been declared an illegal vehicle after records apparently showed it was imported under false pretenses.]
Bottom left: Behind the crisis of [yellow] ‘Nokair’ [white] which [yellow] Patee [white] knows it.
[A man in the picture is CEO of Nok Air Patee Sarasin. Refers to pilots strike due to a critical shortage of pilots and overwork. This crisis has caused the cancellation of many Nok Air flights. Until now, the internal problem in the airline has not been known and until some pilots started to resign.]
Bottom right: Abolished an inquiry [yellow] ‘Jan’ died without making any change [red] ‘Chakthip’ [white] is scared of having bloodthirsty staff
[The man in the picture is Police Chief Pol. Gen. Chakthip Chaijinda.
Refers to Pol Lt Col Jan Chaisawasdi who committed suicide after sending a petition to PM Prayuth for a review of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) order to abolish the inquiry officer role in the force. Pol. Lt. Col. Jan was the secretary-general of the Confederation of Police Inquiry Officers.
The junta’s stealth efforts to reorganize and neuter the Thaksin-supporting police corps have created extreme unease among the rank and file as pro-Thaksin brass attempt to discipline junta-leaning officers. Several recent high-profile charges (including lese majeste cases) against police officers were thought to be retaliation for not toeing the Thaksin line.
Likewise, officers who protested the junta’s reorganization efforts have apparently been the victim of retaliation, or in Jan’s case, “suicide.” However, the police quickly contended that the suicide was not related to Jan’s protest of the NCPO order.]