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Indonesian – Teroris

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Indonesian, Terrorism; terrorist

Teroris Relates to terrorist a threat a strategy to change the referent of the term and the connotation of its meaning The word teroris is a relatively new word and does not have an Indonesian equivalent as it refers to a new aspect of the country’s security reality. It relates to the English term for […]

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Thai – Hua runraeng

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Terrorism; terrorist, Thai

หัวรุนแรง Hua runraeng Relates to fundamentalist, extremist, militant The expression hua runraeng is a complex compound: hua: literally means ‘head, front, beginning, bulb, tuber’  (Haas, 1964: 579); runraeng means ‘violent, severe, fierce, and strong’ (Haas, 1964:  459), itself a tight compounding of run ‘push’ and raeng ‘force’. The word hua forms many compounds (Juntanamalaga 1992: […]

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Chinese – Kǒngbùzhǔyì

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Chinese, Terrorism; terrorist

恐怖主義 (恐怖主义) Kǒngbùzhǔyì Relates to terrorism This term is composed of four Chinese characters: 恐 (恐) – kǒng – fear, to dread, to be afraid of 怖 (怖) – bù – fear, to be afraid of, to frighten 恐怖- kǒngbù – terror, frightening, feel terrified and be afraid of something; to intimidate or to threaten; […]

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English (Australian) – Terrorism

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · English (Australian), Terrorism; terrorist

h3 style=”text-align: justify;”>Terrorism Relates to terrorism ‘Terrorism’ is at once one of the most topical and controversial terms in contemporary threat discourses. A vast literature exists attempting to define the parameters of the threat, as a tactic, in its strategic relationship to political demands, and in the appropriate response of state-actors.[1] Nonetheless, the use of […]

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Karen – Terrorist

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Karen, Terrorism; terrorist

Terrorist Relates to terrorist Despite constant accusations in the Burmese media that the Karen National Union is a terrorist and insurgent organisation, the Karen have no distinct word to refer to the common concept of ‘terrorism.’  Instead they use the English term, frequently denying counter- allegations of similar tactics made against them. The Burmese press […]

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Shan – Phu Kaw Karn Hai

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Shan, Terrorism; terrorist

Phu Kaw Karn Hai Relates to terrorist The term has been created out of the components phu, ‘mankind, person, individual’, kaw, ‘make or start’, karn, ‘work, labour’ and hai, ‘bad or evil.’ It is a loan from the Thai word ผู้ก่อการร้าย (Phu Kaw Karn Rai). This literal translation of the Thai word for ‘terrorist’ is […]

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Malaysian – Pengganas | Extremis

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Malaysian, Terrorism; terrorist

Pengganas | Extremis Relates to ‘terrorist’ as a threat The ‘war against terrorism’, as Farish Noor has noted, was an embedded feature of the Malaysian authorities’ discourses even prior to the September 11 attacks.[1] Indeed, the word pengganas (terrorist) was originally used in reference to communists` in Malaya.[2] The attacks on the Twin Towers have, […]

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Burmese – Akyan hpet thama

May 25th, 2011 · No Comments · Burmese, Terrorism; terrorist

Akyān hpet thamā Relates to terrorist A threat to security, the Burmese word for terrorist suggests a person of proficiency (thamā), who embraces or throws (hpet), crudeness or violence (akyān); the Burmese words for fear and terror are etymologically distinct.  Government propaganda reserves the term exclusively to individuals and non-state groups which operate in ways […]

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