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Fetsum: The Mess and the Goodie

As you know unexpected things happen to people but we can make the best out of any unpleasant happenstance and move on or break apart gravitating to the negative. I prefer the first choice and

As you know unexpected things happen to people but we can make the best out of any unpleasant happenstance and move on or break apart gravitating to the negative. I prefer the first choice and I hope you do too, for there no perfection in human life!
No matter how close to a saint a human being may be every good man will die with at least a small content of chauvinism as every woman will with a certain degree of feminism. Chauvinism is inherent to man as Feminism is to woman; we can only work to guarantee gender equality in a society through constitutional law but we cannot completely reverse or erase our gender related issues and views without changing our gender. Good men are feminists that protect women by endorsing gender equality, yet they may fumble a bit in the co-existential journey for they cannot acquire a woman’s psychological mindset in full, only can they approximate it! I may have been a victim of this reality in my last expressions about Ambassador Hanna but I can only walk pass the experience with apology partially blaming my gender for the hiccup, and here, I do!
People talked in my forum about the “P-word” out of its context though as if it were street oriented vulgarism. I disagree because “The human penis is an external male organ that additionally serves as the urinal duct. “ People may call the body part different names but Penis is its most decent and universally accepted biological expression usable in decent human institutions such as medical schools and hospitals. I therefore did not use the term in a vulgar way although my association of the president’s organ with the Ambassador should have remained unuttered!
Genet: Selam Fetsum: It is highly unbecoming to write what you wrote. You look down at women and you have demonstrated that you think women achieve what they do by their looks and not their intelligence or hard work. What a shame.
Response: I appreciate many intelligent women and have voted for them for political post in my region in support of gender equality. I have written a book “from feminist to rapist” in defense of women that you can access from theAmazon Books. I, however, don’t have respect for cruel women and tend to treat them exactly like I treat men of their likes. I don’t look down at women but I have a problem with very selfish and insensitive people about human suffering irrespective of their gender. I think women achieve success through hard-work and intelligence like any other successful people but I also believe some women love taking advantage of their looks to succeed in life. I am not ashamed of believing in this.
Simon G: Genet, You still think people like this criminal Hanna are as women as Aster F.?
Genet: Yes I do. Isn’t she? You said he did not go far enough, what would he say if he went far enough? Talk about her body parts? I never read anything he wrote about the PFDJ men that degrades them physically in terms about their sexual behaviours. What Fetsum wrote about women here clearly indicates that eritrean women are not capable of going up the ladder of power unless they sleep with powerful men. He will say the same thing in the future even in a democratic eritrea because that how he looks at women; that is what he believes. If this is how you all think, you all have a long, long way to go before you even talk about democracy. You have to understand that human right includes Womens right to be treated with respect and decency. Practice what you preach! You can not have it both ways Mr.
Tsehaye: Selam Genet, I hear you, and I admire your courage to speak up. I am not sure if you are aware of it but there is no Eritrean woman who has been degraded, not for her political stand, but for her womanhood than Sophia Tesfamariam. An insult to one Eritrean woman because of her gender is a degrading insult to all Eritrean women. Never let the rascals (ዓዋሊግ) people on the opposition side play with your dignity. I am sure the author would not use the same sexual connotation to describe the PFDJ men such as Yemane Ghebrab.
Response: Dear Genet, well taken but I did not write anything about women in that article as you said; only about that woman! Nor did I say “eritrean women are not capable of going up the ladder of power unless they sleep with powerful men” Your assumption and prediction about what I will say in democratic Eritrea concerning women are therefore fictitious and your allegation false! There is no question that we have to fight more for the liberation of the Eritrean women and women in general although the main fight for their equality must be navigated by our women in the front line. Women must guarantee their equality by law with good men in the society like genuine feminists did it for western women with good men in their societies. Your healthy confrontation is therefore welcome!
I have several times written stuff like this about few men in his circle, as you will see one of them in this opportunity. But Ambassador Hanna is not like Aster Fessehatsion, Amina, Senait debessay, Aster Yohannes et al or anyone of our political prisoners such as Bitweded et al and Dawit Isacc et al that are rusting to death under her brutal system although she is a woman. She is like Sofia T. Mariam that does not care about their traumatized kids and life, period. I don’t think she respects women at all, she could not have accepted what he did to our sisters now that we know the details from direct sources and would not have served the regime infested with raping young Eritrean girls everywhere in the name of national service. She undermined our people shamelessly defending the indefensible denying the most obvious tragedy in our society not for survival but by the curse of her destructive mindset and political outlook.
I don’t think a person that has no concept of human value to the extent of openly denying the situation of our victims of injustice deserves respect nor do I believe bad mouthing to express a bad woman’s tragic denial of the obvious necessarily means mistreating women like what I have been accused of by Sister Genet et al in this episode. “You have to understand that human right includes Women’s right to be treated with respect and decency” but is this also valid for men? You know how many names the guys in the dictator’s circle have been abusively called by our people in the past. Should an abusive woman be vindicated from being abused because of her gender? Should one arrest the temptation of calling Sofia obese or overweight in response to the vulgar words she has been using against few good Eritrean men throughout her conformist political career because of political correctness in view of Womanism? Should they have it both ways Mom?
Zgeremo: I started reading the article. But then when I read the third paragraph I stopped. As a man I should say you seem to be in the midst of puberty onset. It is simply an insult to our culture and disrespect to our gallant women who, with their brothers, paid a huge unparalleled sacrifice for the liberation of our country and continue building our nation. You went far beyond the limit. Instead of political discourse you only expressed your frustration.
Genet-orginal: Zgeremo You said, “our gallant women” Do you still think the broken and brainwashed EPLF/PFDJ members who are serving the abusive dictator are still gallant women? If I have to think of this abused women as gallant, I will be lying and ignoring about the terror they are supporting against the Eritrean women young and old. This so called “gallant woman” Hanna is suffering from Stockholm syndrome. She is a disgrace to our women who died for our people and country. She is a disgraceful and an excuse for a woman. Although I don’t approve of what Fetsum said, What Fetsum said about this criminal woman is not as close as the terror inflected against the Eritrean women by this woman and her dictator boss. I hope you are equally outraged about the breakdown of our Eritrean families. I hope you are equally outraged about the underage Eritrean girls who are suffering under the system Hanna is supporting. I hope you are equally outraged about the new family status (single motherhood) under PFDJ system. I hope you are outraged about the raping of our young Eritrean under the law less PFDJ system. I hope you are outraged about the act of taking young Eritrean out of their homes and exposing them to abuse and suffering. I hope you are outraged period!
Comment: Sorry for disappointing you and I apologize.
Genet has questioned my neutrality here becoming inquisitive about how I have been treating his boys in the past in this respect and here is one of my articles posted at Assenna to that effect after the third or the fourth national soccer team players deserted somewhere in Africa.
In Vacarro’s missed opportunity and the Forum I wrote;
“On the national soccer team: News from Asmara says that Cheerleaders Yemane Charlie and Yemane Monkey have successfully completed the course for splitting and flip-flopping and their tight psychedelic skirts have promptly arrived home from downtown Sanfransisco. Yemane Charlie looks good with a colored and moosed hair style and the Monkey will have a wig for the games. Both have passed the international weight requirement for cheerleading and are today working hard on BUTT SHAKING practice to attract as many audiences as possible. The hardworking president is personally following every development with a stick in hand (for spanking the butt) in case of mistakes and observers say that he has so far did it to Charlie and Monkey once each to this effect which is really good for any amateur cheerleader in their situation.
Their condition is said to be fantastic to the point of overshadowing the women cheerleaders in physical look and specially aggravating the feelings of that woman [Sofia whatever] very much so. The two gentlemen look sexier says an observer with unanimity testifying that ‘she has had a problem losing her weight. The president did not like the progress and is now considering one of the powerful women in the system to replace her with deep resentment. Please give the guys your love for compromising their gender for the sake of the motherland.”
Yusuf: Dear Tecle – I am sorry that you gave up reading the article for you missed very educational part of it.
Zgeremo: I started reading the article. But then when I read the third paragraph I stopped.
Comment: There is no reason for anyone to stop reading me because of using unpleasant expression in my phrasing somewhere in the input because people should not only expect things they want to read from a freelance writer like me. I don’t want people to misunderstand my relationship with the society more than what it really is. I am an Eritrean that shares information with the people on individual level of the relationship with no vested interest in the country’s future political life. Readers should differently see my personality from my ideas because the first has nothing to do with our collective effort to democratize the dehumanized society and I don’t get paid for this. I don’t have to be politically correct to share my thoughts with my people for I have no burden of suffering the consequence of losing a potential political post in future Eritrea. Tecle had the right to stop reading me further than the BS and PENIS but he has to know that he does not have to read me for my sake for our relationship stops at helping the society out of the messpoint of understanding, needless saying that the terms are proper enough to be overly used every day in different situations around the word.
Zgeremo: I started reading the article. But then when I read the third paragraph I stopped.
selamawit2: Sorry guys, Fetsum writing is offending to women in general. And is simply sound dirty, so that I couldn’t take the analytic parts of the article seriously. Come on Fetsum, due to all the respect, You live in a world, where political correctness is an important issue. How could You not understand, what Genet is saying???
Once again, I say sorry about the situation and understand what you mean though I think of me as an activist that does not practice political correctness and don’t like to conform to taboos. But you don’t have to like me to read me for this has nothing to materially do between us or between the society and me. We are not here to love each other but to solve a common problem through mass based inclusive strategy. I am only doing my spiritual role as an activist like any other person in the feel, the reason you see me getting into controversies here and there against the taboos. This situation should not come in between, however, and should die out like my other few controversial episodes in the past because my personality has nothing to do with our responsibility to change our situation together with all our other differences in place.
I believe the expressions in discussion were sexist and I am sorry for that. I appreciate all the feedbacks from all corners of the mind and consider the scenario as blessing in disguise for creating this constructive engagement in-between about issues that commonly concern us. I have seriously considered the advices you gave me and will do my best to be careful ahead. I leave this forum reminding you to be careful about the enemy’s usual tendency of using minute frictions to break us apart.
ጋዜጣዊ መግለጺ: ኮሚቴ ሓድነት ኤርትራውያን ንፍትሒ – ዓባይ ብሪጣንያ By assenna on January 30, 2016
ኮሚቴ ሓድነት ኤርትራውያን ንፍትሒ፡  ከም ፍታሕ ይኸውን ኢልና ዝኣመናሉን፥ እንሠርሓሉን እዚዝስዕብ ኢዩ። ሕዝቢ ባዕሉ ዝመረጾም ዜጋታቱ ልኢኹ፥ ሓቢሩ ጸገማቱ ክፈትሕ ኣለዎ። በዚ መሠረት፥ሓደ ንምሉእ ዓባይ ብሪጣንያ ዝሓቁፍ ብሕዝቢ ዝምረጽ ዓብዪ ኣካል ክነቕውም እሞ፥ ነቲ ኣብ ልዕሊኤርትራውያን ወሪዱ ዘሎ ከቢድ ጸገም ኣብ ምቅላል ብዝሓየለ ኣገባብ ክንሳተፍ ዝብል ኢዩ።  ነዚንምፍጻም፡ መደብ ዕዮ ኮሚቴና፥ ኤርትራውያን ብብዝሒ ኣብ ዝርከቡወን  ከተማታት ዓባይ ብሪጣንያእንዳኸደት፥ ሕዝባዊ ኣኼባት ብምክያድ፡  ናይ ሓድነት ኮሚቴታት ብምርጫ ሕዝቢ ክቖማ። ብድሕሪኡእተን ኮሚቴታት ተጠርኒፈን ንምሉእ ዓባይ ብሪጣንያ ዝውክል ሓደ ድልዱል ኣካል ከቑማ። ሕዝቢበቶም ዝመረጾም ሰባት ክውከል፥ ንሳቶም ድማ ተሓታትነቶም ናብ ሕዝቢ ኮይኑ፥ በብግዜኡ ብምርጫሕዝቢ ክቕየሩ። እቲ ተመሪጹ ዝቐውም ኣካል፥ ንሕዝቢ ግሉጽ ብዝኾነ፥ ብሕጋውዊ ኣገባብ ክሠርሕ።
ኮሚቴና ነዚ ዕማምዚ ጀሚራቶ ኣላ። ኣብዘን ዝስዕባ ቁሩባት ኣዋርሕ ካኣ ኣብ ዝተፈላለያ ከተማታትእናኸድና፡ ሕዝባዊ ኣኼባታት ክነካዪድ መደዲብና ኣለና። ኣብ ካልኦት ሃገራት ዝርከቡኮሚቴታት ሓድነት ኤርትራውያን ይኹኑ ካልኦት ብዛዕባ ሓድነት ኤርትራውያን ዝግደሱ ዜጋታትናንዝገብሩዎ ምንቅስቓሳት ድማ ክንከታተል ኢና። ኣብ መወዳእታ ከኣ፡ ብዝለዓለ ደረጃ፡ ንኤርትራውያንዝውክልን ዘመሓድርን ዓለምለኻዊ ኣካል ክቐውም ክንጽዕር ኢና።
ኮሚቴ ሓድነት ኤርትራውያን ንፍትሒ – ዓባይ ብሪጣንያ
Comment: Simply fantastic. There is no doubt that you will succeed behind Assenna’s support and OUR VOICE’s supervision. Like I said in the past, London and then England should start the committee election process for the rest of us to follow. I am very excited by this news and let us do it together this time. I do have a serious reminder though and that is the importance of electing the committee members from the grassroots/mass that has no direct connection (on membership level) with the political parties in the opposition camp. I modestly remind you to make sure of this for the committee members are the ones that will eventually end up at the highest stratum of leadership, so said THE COUNCIL in OUR VOICE’s Bottom-Top pyramid. We cannot afford to have members of the parties in the committees at all although they can facilitate and elect. Please consult OUR VOICE for clarification and OUR VOICE and Assenna must follow the process from the beginning with this focus in mind for us to succeed. I have full confidence on the very hard working brother Amanuel to come out a winner in this respect and OUR VOICE should take advantage of the situation as much as possible. Good luck!

Review overview
  • hp February 4, 2016

    Is some one up there? Futsum deserbes respones.

    • k.tewolde February 4, 2016

      Sometimes silence is an answer, as far as I am concerned my view of brother Fitsum is, he is a stellar contributor to this platform, and I hope he continues to be.

  • Josy February 5, 2016

    It’s time we got back to the essence of the previous article which has unfortunately been dissolved by a negligible expression for which Fitzum has given adequate explanations. It was only his choice of words that had shocked me a bit and not at all his anger on Ambassador Hanna’s response. One can at times be prone to unexpected expressions when faced by stunning lies.
    At a time when we are already short of writers of Fizum’s caliber who have the ability of describing breaking issues in various perspectives , we can’t afford to lose them.

  • hp February 5, 2016

    Futsum shoud not give up anyway!

  • selamawit2 February 5, 2016

    Fetsum, You wrote “I appreciate all the feedbacks from all corners of the mind and consider the scenario as blessing in disguise for creating this constructive engagement in-between about issues that commonly concern us.”
    I appreciate this, thank You very much. I have huge respect for people who are able to change if they see they might be (partly) wrong. That is wisdom to me and also an everlasting aim to work at. An thank You also for the explanation at length as I know it is much work!
    If it comes to taboos I keep asking myself if it is effectiv to break one when it sidetracks the attention to unessential aspects of the message.

    P.S. “We are not here to love each…”? Why not, that’s not bad. 🙂 Don’t You for example love Your students?
    And I like You!