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"Freedom fighter" is a relativistic term for those engaged in rebellion against an established government or regime that they consider to be oppressive. The terms "freedom" and "rebellion" are often confusing, as often both sides in armed conflict claim to represent the popular cause of "freedom". While external intervening parties, even oppressors, almost always claim to be "liberators", freedom fighters can become oppressors in the eyes of civilians. Though the literal meaning of the words could include anyone who fights for the cause of freedom, common use is restricted to those who are actively involved in an armed rebellion, rather than those who campaign for freedom by peaceful non-disruptive means (though they may use the title in its literal sense). DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Freedom Fighters is the name of a DC Comics comic book superhero team made up of characters acquired from the defunct company Quality Comics. ... IO Interactive is a Danish computer game developer currently owned by Eidos Interactive. ... Freedom Fighters is a 2003 video game, a third-person shooter available for the Playstation 2, Gamecube, PC and Xbox, that is set in an alternate present. ... The F-5A/B Freedom Fighter and F-5E/F Tiger II are part of a family of widely used light supersonic fighter aircraft, designed and built by Northrop in the United States, beginning in 1960s. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 151 languages. ... Linguistic relativism is the principle that language is tied to the perceptions of the language user. ... Look up rebellion in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Freedom. ... Look up rebellion in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Populism is a political ideology or rhetorical style that holds that the common person is oppressed by the elite in society, which exists only to serve its own interests, and therefore, the instruments of the State need to be grasped from this self-serving elite and instead used for the... Liberators can refer to: The name given to the assassins of Julius Caesar (most notably, Brutus and Cassius) The nickname of the U.S. 14th Armored Division This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Oppression. ... Alternate cover US 1979 and 2002 reissue cover, also known as paint spatter cover For the military meaning, see Armed forces. ...


Usage of the terms "terrorists" and "freedom fighters" is almost always controversial and reflective of opposing points of view. There is no universally agreed-upon definition for either term and many organizations that have been accused of committing acts of terrorism are regarded as being freedom fighters by others. This article is becoming very long. ...


US President Ronald Reagan described the anti-Soviet insurgency in Afganistan as freedom fighters. Years later, some of these same fighters are now seen as Taliban enemies, often labelled as terrorists. Reagan redirects here. ... CCCP redirects here. ... “Insurrection” redirects here. ... Afghanistan (Pashtu/Iran in the west, Pakistan in the south and east, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in the north, and China in the easternmost part of the country. ... The Taliban (Pashto: , also anglicized as Taleban) are a Sunni Muslim and ethnic Pashtun movement [2] that ruled most of Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001, when their leaders were removed from power by a cooperative military effort between the Northern Alliance, United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. ... Terrorism refers to the use of violence for the purpose of achieving a political, religious, or ideological goal. ...

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Terminology

People who describe themselves (or are described by their supporters) as "freedom fighters" tend to be called assassins, rebels, or terrorists by others. This leads to the aphorism "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter". During the Cold War, the term freedom fighter was used by the United States and other Western Bloc countries to describe rebels in countries controlled by communist states or otherwise under the influence of the Soviet Union, including rebels in Hungary, the anti-communist Contras in Nicaragua, UNITA in Angola and the multi-factional mujahideen in Afghanistan, as well as rebels in Jammu and Kashmir. Jack Ruby murdered the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, in a very public manner. ... Look up rebellion in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Terrorist redirects here. ... The word aphorism (literally distinction or definition, from Greek: ) denotes an original thought, spoken or written in a laconic and easily memorable form. ... For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... This article is about the military alliance. ... Forms of government Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      This article is about a form of government in which the state operates under the control of a Communist Party. ... Anti-communism is opposition to communist ideology, organization, or government, on either a theoretical or practical level. ... For other uses, see Contra. ... A UNITA sticker The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, commonly known by the acronymn, UNITA, derived from its Portuguese name União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola, is an Angolan political faction and a former rebel force. ... Mujahideen (Arabic: ‎, , literally strugglers) is a term for Muslims fighting in a war or involved in any other struggle. ... Jammu   (Hindi: जम्मू, Urdu: جموں) is one of the three regions comprising the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir. ... Kashmir (or Cashmere) may refer to: Kashmir region, the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent India, Kashmir conflict, the territorial dispute between India, Pakistan, and the China over the Kashmir region. ...


The term freedom fighter, while indicating favor of some political group, often does not reflect any actual political position of those fighting — central to this is a dispute over the meaning of freedom itself and whether a group in question can be said to actually fight for the purpose of establishing freedom. Of all political labels apart from the term "terrorist" (applied to an enemy), freedom fighter is perhaps the most blunt term for "friend".


Media reporting

Many major media agencies, notably the BBC[1] and Reuters, except in attributed quotes, avoid the phrase "terrorist" or "freedom fighter", in favor of neutral terms such as "militant", "guerrilla", "assassin", "insurgent", "paramilitary" or "militia" to avoid the editorializing implicit in the use of such words. However, this was not the case during the Troubles when the mainstream British media, including the BBC, used the term "terrorist". For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Reuters Group plc (LSE: RTR and NASDAQ: RTRSY); pronounced is known as a financial market data provider and a news service that provides reports from around the world to newspapers and broadcasters. ... The word militant has come to refer to any individual or party engaged in aggressive physical or verbal combat, normally for a cause. ... Guerrilla redirects here. ... Jack Ruby murdered the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, in a very public manner. ... An insurgency is an armed rebellion against a constituted authority, by any irregular armed force that rises up against an enforced or established authority, government, or administration. ... Paramilitary designates forces whose function and organization are similar to those of a professional military force, but which are not regarded as having the same status. ... Lebanese Kataeb militia The term Militia is commonly used today to refer to a military force composed of ordinary [1] citizens to provide defense, emergency, law enforcement, or paramilitary service, and those engaged in such activity, without being paid a regular salary or committed to a fixed term of service. ... For other uses, see Troubles (disambiguation) and Trouble. ...


See also

Jack Ruby murdered the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, in a very public manner. ... Doublespeak (sometimes double talk) is language constructed to disguise or distort its actual meaning, often resulting in a communication bypass. ... Irregular soldiers in Beauharnois, Quebec, 19th century. ... A resistance movement is a group or collection of individual groups, dedicated to fighting an invader in an occupied country or the government of a sovereign nation through either the use of physical force, or nonviolence. ... Terrorist redirects here. ...

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Documentaries: Freedom Fighter (211 words)
Shengde recounts his own story--from childhood in Chengdu during the Cultural Revolution, to life in exile in the United States, where he continues to fight for individual freedom and human rights in China.
"FREEDOM FIGHTER vividly conveys the excitement, commitment and idealism of young people swept up in a grass-roots movement to achieve political change in China in 1989.
"Subtle and compelling--a true-to-life portrait of one man's odyssey from student to pro-democracy fighter.
Freedom fighter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (686 words)
Freedom fighter is a relativistic local term for those engaged in rebellion against an established government that is held to be oppressive and illegitimate.
The terms "freedom" and "rebellion" are often controversial, as often both sides in armed conflict claim to represent the popular cause of "freedom".
The term freedom fighter, while indicating favor of some political group, often does not reflect any actual political position of those fighting--central to this is a dispute over the meaning of freedom itself and whether a group in question can be said to actually fight for the purpose of establishing freedom.
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