Monday, January 16, 2006

Michel Kilo: Sharaa Subordinating Lebanese Sovereignty to Syria

MEMRI has translated Michel Kilo's powerful article:
"Syrian Foreign Minister Farouq Al-Shara' is Subordinating Lebanese Sovereignty to Syrian Interests"
January 17, 2006 No.1071

In an article published in the London Arabic-language daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, Syrian intellectual Michel Kilo, who resides in Damascus, attacked the Syrian regime, comparing it to the Soviet regime, and hinted that it was responsible for the assassination of Lebanese public figures.

The following are excerpts: [1]

"In a Cairo [press conference], Syrian Foreign Minister Farouq Al-Shara' announced a new principle of modern Arab diplomacy, which might be called the 'Al-Shara' principle.' [This principle] limits Lebanese sovereignty, links this sovereignty to the Syrian regime, and states that a free and independent Lebanon is necessarily a center and a base for plots against Syria... [2]

"The Al-Shara' principle is reminiscent of the principle once [established] by [Soviet leader Leonid] Brezhnev, which stated that the various socialist states had [only] limited sovereignty vis-à-vis the Soviet Union. [These states] could not act as they pleased, but had to give priority to the interests and security of the Soviet bloc in any measure they took and in any means they employed. This principle established the Soviets' right to take over the internal affairs of the socialist states, and legitimized Soviet military intervention against them...

"The Al-Shara' principle is reminiscent of the Brezhnev principle. [since the Syrian regime] - like [the Soviet regime] - thinks that Lebanon should formulate its policy according to Syrian interests. Moreover, the Syrian regime requires [Lebanon] to coordinate all matters, great or small, with Syria, since the minute Beirut becomes independent [of Damascus], the situation in Lebanon becomes an international affair. And in such a case, [Syria believes that it] has the right to intervene [in Lebanese matters] in order... to prevent Lebanon from becoming a center for conspiracies against it..."

Lebanon Must Keep in its Place... If it Forgets, There are a Thousand Ways to Remind it. "What is the meaning of the Al-Shara' principle, and where might its implementation lead the two countries?"

"First of all, Syria wishes to treat Lebanon as a marginal [party] while the Syrian regime [is perceived] as central. [This means] that the center will take the decisions and the periphery will obey, or else [pay the price].

"Secondly, the Syrian regime is determined to adopt the Soviet model,... [and] has taken military and political control of Lebanon. It tried to usurp the PLO's [authority] in taking decisions regarding Palestine, and wanted to control the PLO according to [its own] political guidelines and interests.

"In addition, it has forced Jordan to respect [Syrian] hegemony and control over the Arab East, and has compelled Saudi Arabia to accept a division of labor in which Saudi Arabia's role is to provide the funds and Syria's role is to call the shots, intimidate the neighboring countries, and keep them quiet. This comes in addition to a tragic series of oppressive actions against very large sectors of Syrian society.

"Lebanon, peripheral and marginal, is required to keep in its place even after the Syrian army has withdrawn from its territory, and if it forgets, there are a thousand ways to remind it - either through dialogue or through operations in the field.

"Another implication [of the Al-Shara' principle] is that nobody may reprimand Syria for performing (what is sees as) its national duty towards Lebanon... Syria has an obligation to liberate Lebanon from subordination to foreigners, which is very dangerous [for Syria, since] it is aimed against [Syria], and against its role as the last bastion standing fast against America and Israel."

Syria Leaves Lebanon With Only Two Options: To Accept the Return of the Syrian Forces, or to Risk Constant Escalation of the Situation
"According to Syrian propaganda, Lebanon is the arena of a struggle... to save Syria's brothers [i.e. the Lebanese] and to protect the Syrian regime. If [Lebanese] are hurt in the course of [Syria's struggle for their sake], this is [only] because their country has become a base for foreign [forces] that must be eliminated. [Moreover], as everyone knows, liberty comes at a price, and the price is sometimes paid by innocent people. But even if [these innocent people] are killed by their [Syrian] brothers, they are... victims [of the foreign interference in Lebanon],... [since] Syria has the right to defend itself in any way and by any means against the Lebanese leaders, who cannot be anything other than foreign agents.

"Another implication [of the Al-Shara' principle] is that it leaves the Lebanese with only two options: either to [accept] Syria's return to their land, or to be subjected to a variety of ever-escalating [measures], in which [Syria] is entitled to use any [available] means to achieve its goal of protecting itself against Lebanon. This will be achieved either by the return of the Syrian forces into Lebanon, or by bringing Lebanon to the point where it agrees to [Syrian] limitations on its sovereignty, and accepts [Syria's] right to determine [Lebanon's] policy and interests, and even to control [Lebanon].

"This is the Al-Shara' principle. Therefore, do not expect any breakthrough or improvement in Syrian-Lebanese relations unless the Arab [states] - Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Yemen, etc. - invest tremendous efforts in modifying this principle and [Al-Shara's] mentality towards Lebanon. Moreover, the Al-Shara' principle will not be the last escalation, and the painful events recently experienced by the Lebanese [people] will not be the last [either]."


[1] Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London), December 24, 2005.

[2] On December 6, 2005, Al-Shara' met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, after which he told reporters: "The problem [with Syrian-Lebanese relations] is that there are parties inside and outside Lebanon which are trying to internationalize the Lebanese issue. To achieve this, they are making use of the investigation [of Al-Hariri's assassination], so that [its] goal will no longer be to expose the truth, but to generate a negative change in Lebanon and in the region by bringing pressure on Syria and Lebanon every day and by every [possible] means, legitimate or illegitimate." Al-Thawra (Syria), December 7, 2005.

In a press conference following Assad's December 20 meeting with Mubarak in Cairo, Al-Shara' said: "Most of the attacks on Syria come from [parties outside the country], and there are, of course, [elements] in Lebanon that lend themselves to be used for this purpose..." Al-Thawra (Syria), December 21, 2005.


At 1/16/2006 08:04:00 PM, Blogger ghassan said...

I have always enjoyed the writings and analysis of Mr. Kilo. The above article does not surprise,he has managed to live up to his reputaion for being sharp and insightful.

His analogy to the relationship that governed the Soviet Union and its satellites is very apt. I have often argued that the Lebanese Syrian relationship was identical to that between the SU and the Baltic republics. They were independent in name only. They were used to enrich the mainland (SU) and that arrangement gave the SU an additional three votes at the UN. Syria in the same token used Lebanon as dumping grounds for some of its products, an outlet for part of its unemployed labouras a political tool to shield itself and as an additional vote at the UN and other World Governance institutions.

Again, it is not the recitation of the facts that is important but their implications. I am so glad that a person of Mr. Kilos' stature has written the above analysis. Maybe, just maybe the Lebanese political leaders will wake up from their slumber and recognize the difficulties that they need to overcome in order to act as a true sovereign state.

It is imperative that Lebanon recognizes the exlicit and implicit relationship between HA and its old masters that are very anxious to reassert their total control. Normalizing relationships between two equals is an impossible task under the current circumstances.The Syrian Ba'ath will not and cannot admit that Lebanon is an equal. Unfortunately tha Ba'ath derives a lot of its power from the weakness of the other regimes in the area whether it is the Saudi, Jordanian, Iraqi or Egyptian. Neither Syrias economic performance nor its level of development equip it to be a serious player in the region. As a result the Lebanese must resolve to pursue their natural rights and refuse to compromise with the Syrian regime on any elemental issue. Lebanon must also fortify itself at the domestic level by refusing to include HA in the cabinet but to force them to become the opposition. The Syrian Ba'th is full of bluster. It has created and sold its neighbours an image as an indispensable and major player when in reality it is a sickly shadow of what it thinks that it is. It is time that the Syrian bluff is called. That might be the catalyst to put in motion a popular movement to topple this dictatorship.

At 1/16/2006 08:20:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

I agree with Ghassan. Michel Kilo is one of the rare leftist that I respect. The problem is that he's like Riad el Seilf: a voice in the desert that is not really representative.

At 1/16/2006 08:48:00 PM, Blogger Ghassan said...

It looks like there are 2 Ghassans but at least I agree with Ghassan's comments.
Josh, would you post the link to the article in Arabic.

At 1/16/2006 08:59:00 PM, Blogger norman said...

If Lebanon wants to be free of any Syrian inflionce then Lebanon should stop being a launshing pad for interference in Syria and being an instrument to destroy Syria ,apparently the lines for a confrontation between Syria and it,s allied (Hizballa,iran )and Hareri,Jumblat ,the US ,France and Israel are being drawn and that time for confrotation is coming soon ,GOD help Syria and Lebanon through these times.

At 1/16/2006 09:00:00 PM, Blogger Joshua Landis said...

Gassan, MEMRI provided no link. Sorry. Joshua

At 1/16/2006 09:42:00 PM, Blogger ghassan said...

This is the Arabic linkfor the Kilo column:

At 1/16/2006 10:06:00 PM, Blogger BobW said...

Having studied the Soviet Union in the late 70's and early 80's, this is a disturbing Soviet Era policy to bring back.
I am sure many East Europeans would agree that no country has the right to act this way.

thanks for posting this Joshua.

At 1/16/2006 10:35:00 PM, Blogger ahnad said...

I also read arabic.

At 1/16/2006 10:42:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

Norman dumbass, how is Lebanon interfering in Syria? Please, explain to me.

At 1/16/2006 11:15:00 PM, Blogger ahnad said...

Is Mr. Sharraa being presented here by Landis as a scape goat for the regime?

Mr. Sharraa is the only clean one in authority in Syria's Assad. He is known for his love for Syria, his clean record of any corruption, and he is beloved by all syrians. Are the Assadists trying to make of him a scape goat ?

The dirty Khadam is belittling him. What a despicable man he is, and I meann Khadam.

At 1/17/2006 12:38:00 AM, Blogger annie said...

I trust MEMRI with being selective and picking the passages most damaging to Syria. The full translated text would be essential.

At 1/17/2006 01:30:00 AM, Blogger zadigvoltaire said...

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At 1/17/2006 01:38:00 AM, Blogger zadigvoltaire said...

The US should make a choice both for its sake and that of Syria's neighbours.
It should either take the decision to hit it and affect regime change, or engage Syria in constructive diplomacy.

If it wants to hit, it has the perfect excuse: During the last couple of weeks Syria and its Lebanese allies have made a major mistake in Lebanon.
It seems that they have created and backed Al Qaeda in Lebanon. It is clear that the rogue missile strike on Israel a couple of weeks ago was the work of Syria with the tacit consent of Hezbollah.
Later on Al Qaeda claimed the strike.
Furthermore, the Lebanese authorities arrested in the last couple of days members of a Al Qaeda cell that infiltrated Lebanon from Syria.
This is a neocon dream come true. The fable of Saddam and Al Qaeda is true about the Syrian regime.
That is enough to “cruise missile” the Baath regime in Syria to death.
If a Sunni government is put in place and the safety of the Alawite community is guaranteed than there will not be another Iraq on the borders of Israel.

On the other hand, the US can also assuage the regime's fear and open a positive dialogue with President Assad that will take into consideration Syria’s strategic needs to have some kind of political control over Lebanon. In the process it will get Syria to cooperate in Iraq.

Whatever policy it chooses, the US should make a decision soon. Because what is happening right now (pity pressure that tickles the Syrian regime and makes it stronger and kills US marines in Iraq and create instability in Lebanon), is bad for everyone except Syria.

At 1/17/2006 02:25:00 AM, Blogger annie said...

Josh, did you check with Michel Kilo about that article: did he really write it? was it translated properly ? Is this really the Sharraa doctrine ? I cannot believe Sharraa would come up with something like this at a time like this.
Sorry, it sounds like MEMRI spin to me.

At 1/17/2006 06:03:00 AM, Blogger ugarit said...

Any political scientist would agree with Sharaa (if that's what he really believes) that Lebanon is Syria's depth and Lebanon has been often used as a springing board to influence Syria. The influence goes both ways. Since Syria is politically more repressive Syrians would often escape to Lebanon to hatch their new plans to retake the streets. If Syria were to democratize the springboard would become irrelevant.

At 1/17/2006 06:52:00 AM, Blogger Innocent_Criminal said...

I am not sure if i missed something but where are Sharaa's exact comments and quotes? or is Killo just assuming here?

At 1/17/2006 08:17:00 AM, Blogger ghassan said...

Annie and other doubting Thomases:
Yes the column was written by Mr. Kilo and yes the translation is accurate and No there is no MEMRI spin. Just go and read the original in Arabic.

Why has this piece of analysis surprised so many? Don't misunderstand me, I am glad that Mr. Kilo wrote his column because his ideas would reach a larger audience and would be taken more seriously than if that analysis was written by just a rebular journalist. I don't believe that the Syrian Ba'ath has tried to hide its intentions. They have refused to establish consular relations for the past 60 years, they do not demarcate the borders, they have accused Lebanon of plotting against Syria when Lebanon went out of its way to accomodate its akkies in Lebanonetc...

At 1/17/2006 08:40:00 AM, Blogger adonis syria said...

Interesting article from Michel Kilo with convincing arguments but he should dare to attack more the head of the snake instead of the baath puppets.

At 1/17/2006 08:49:00 AM, Blogger ForFreedomOfExpression said...

Mehlis Says Hariri Probe May Take Less Time Than Expected

Detlev Mehlis, former chief U.N. investigator in the assassination of ex-premier Rafik Hariri, said the probe may reach its conclusion in less time than he had originally predicted.
In an interview with the German magazine Stern published in Lebanon Monday, Mehlis said his successor Serge Brammertz may conclude the investigation sooner than expected. Mehlis had originally predicted that the probe may take years.

"He may achieve quick results in this case during a much shorter period than I expected," said Mehlis whose interview with the German weekly was published in As Safir newspaper.

Stern: 24 hours before you presented your report before the Security Council at the UN in NY on the case of the assassination of PM Hariri, the publisher of a newspaper in Beirut, MP Gebran Tueni, was assassinated with a car bomb. Is there any link?

Mehlis: Of course. The killer wanted to silence a voice of opposition to Syria through the assassination of Gebran Tueni. Through this act, the goal was to threaten politicians and journalists and to scare the population in general. The goal was certainly to create chaos and to demoralize the country. That is what the killer sought, and they have succeeded in pushing Lebanon back a few months. Since I began with my cases, I've investigated many murder crimes, but I had never had a personal acquaintance with the victim. In Tueni's case, it's different. I knew him personally and found him very pleasant. He was one of more than 500 witnesses in the assassination that I had personally interviewed.

Stern: Were there indications that Tueni's life was in danger?

Mehlis: He was one of three people facing danger in Lebanon, and I wondered about the nonchalance with which he dealt with the threatening situation. We knew about a hit list prepared by the Syrians, and Tueni's name was at the top of the list. When I saw the names, I asked the Lebanese liaison officer to inform Tueni immediately and warn him. Tueni did seek safety and went to Paris, like Saad Hariri, the son of Rafiq Hariri, and other Lebanese political personalities whose names were on the hit list. After being away for several months, Tueni returned for 12 hours to Lebanon, during which time he was assassinated. I learned of Tueni's assassination in the morning at my hotel in NY where a Lebanese security officer approached me and whispered in my ear: "did you hear about Gebran Tueni?!" At first I was shocked, then I went back to preparing my report before submitting it to the UN. I asked myself, "how could this have taken place?" and "why would someone do something like this?" The answer to my question was simple: the assassination of Tueni was a personal message for me and the members of the Investigative Commission. They wanted to tell us the following: you can do whatever you like, it won't make a difference. You can write however many reports you like, we will continue despite everything.

Stern: Did you receive direct threats?

Mehlis: Yes. I was surrounded by bodyguards as much as possible, but the bad feeling was still there of course. When I used to pass by a truck in Beirut, I used to ask myself: why didn't it blow up?!

Stern: Syria tried to belittle your popularity, did that affect you?

Mehlis: I found somethings rather amusing and funny. People read and hear things but nobody takes it seriously. I heard about being invited on a yacht and sipping $1200 wine, or about my father being a member of the CIA, or that my mother was Jewish and buried in the Golan Heights, occupied by Israel since 1967. All this is rubbish, my mother is a Protestant Christians and is alive and well in Berlin.

Stern: How did you arrive at accusing the Syrians?

Mehlis: Just like with the "La Belle" case, where we got information from the archives of the East German intelligence services. But the investigation in Lebanon was exciting, especially after the testimony of Abdel Halim Khaddam. It was really a surprise. Khaddam is no ordinary person. He was Vice President for 20 years. Someone in his position possesses a lot of information, which he revealed to an Arab station with credibility. That confirms what the international investigators have been able to reach, and it was really a surprise!

Stern: You have heard the testimony of a number of Syrian officials, and have asked to hear the testimony of President Bashar Asad. Have the Syrians cooperated with your request?

Mehlis: We're waiting. We have asked to hear the Syrian President's testimony in Damascus, as the Syrians have said. It remains for the Syrian government to make that decision. Its position would indicate whether it's willing to cooperate positively or not.

Stern: You mentioned in your report in NY that the investigation into the Hariri case might take years, and the Belgian prosecutor who's succeeding you only has 6 months. Do you expect to return later to follow up on this case?

Mehlis: First my colleague will continue his assignment, and after that we should wait and see when he decides the investigation is over. He may reach quick conclusions in this case, far quicker than I expected.

At 1/17/2006 08:56:00 AM, Blogger ForFreedomOfExpression said...

Today’s Syrian press once again directed an appeal to “free citizens” to contribute to covering costs of Syria’s collaboration with the UN. A fund called “Cash in solidarity for the dignity of your country” has been set up, and many Syrian émigrés have started to contribute to support the Syrian currency after its decline owing to the economic crisis which has afflicted the country for many months now.

At 1/17/2006 08:57:00 AM, Blogger norman said...

vox ,Jumblat who is in GOVerment is calling for the American occupation of Syria ,isn,t that interference.

At 1/17/2006 09:16:00 AM, Blogger adonis syria said...

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At 1/17/2006 09:18:00 AM, Blogger adonis syria said...

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At 1/17/2006 09:21:00 AM, Blogger adonis syria said...

Norman,Jumblatt did not call for an invasion of Syria.
Toppling asad's regime doesnt need an invasion.

At 1/17/2006 09:26:00 AM, Blogger adonis syria said...

Norman,Jumblatt did not call for an occupation of Syria.
Toppling asad's regime doesnt need even an invasion.

At 1/17/2006 09:26:00 AM, Blogger norman said...

They are the same for Syrians.

At 1/17/2006 09:40:00 AM, Blogger ugarit said...

If B. Assad is directly accused by the UN as ordering the assassination of Hariri, what happens next? Is there a precedence for prosecuting a "president" for assassinating a political opponent outside its borders? Other leaders do it often and we know they will never be formally accused by the UN, but that does'nt matter since laws are more often than not applied to the weak.

What would be best for the Syrian people? What should the Syrian people do?

At 1/17/2006 09:41:00 AM, Blogger ugarit said...

Asking for toppling a government is interference.

At 1/17/2006 09:46:00 AM, Blogger ugarit said...

Vox Populi said...

"Norman dumba**, how is Lebanon interfering in Syria? Please, explain to me."

Calling for the toppling of Syria's government is interfering in Syria.

Nevertheless, Syria needs a new government. Internal and external interference is necessary to accomplish this. I just hope that it's a peaceful transition and genuinly in the path of democracy. Khaddam is not the answer. How about Michel Kilo :-)?

At 1/17/2006 10:08:00 AM, Blogger t_desco said...

The "Al-Shara' principle" would be highly delusional, but I don't see how the quotes from the Cairo press conference would justify such a far-feched interpretation.

UPI also quotes from the Al-Quds Al-Arabi article: "As the Syrian regime has taken control of Lebanon," it seems determined to adopt the Soviet model, taking military and political control of Lebanon."
Syria's Soviet plan for Lebanon

If Syria wanted to maintain military control over Lebanon, why did it withdraw the troops in the first place? That doesn't make sense.

Yesterday, the Daily Star published a very interesting analysis by Patrick Devenny regarding the situation in Iran and the possible implications for Lebanon and Syria:

"Lebanon could soon become a battlefield in the war over Iranian nuclear power."

"Should a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities be considered, the United States and Israel may not be able to limit the conflict to the Iranian theater. Because Tehran may consider Hizbullah to be its best avenue to either deter or retaliate for a U.S. or Israeli attack, any such attack on Iranian nuclear facilities would likely be accompanied by an Israeli ground assault into Lebanon - an event with serious diplomatic and military implications."
Iran's nukes and Hizbullah's rockets

Ironically, the same edition also featured an article entitled EU demands Lebanon implement Resolution 1559.

Sometimes it's frighteningly easy to connect the dots.

Patrick Devenny also suggested that an Israeli attack, "no matter how devastating, would only strengthen Assad's position, uniting Syrians in the face of external aggression". But we remember that there were reports about discussions in Washington last October that a few raids into Syria would suffice to weaken and possibly even topple the regime. And the Turkish press reported that Porter Goss "asked Ankara to be ready for a possible US air operation against Iran and Syria".

In the case of an US attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, will there be simultaneous attacks on Hizbullah and Syria? What do you think?

At 1/17/2006 10:32:00 AM, Blogger t_desco said...

Regarding Jumblatt, I think this is the quote in question:

Jumblatt says he hopes America will stand by the Cedar Revolution. "If Bush considers Lebanon one of his major achievements, now is the time to protect Lebanon," he told me. When I asked what he wanted from America, he answered: "You came to Iraq in the name of majority rule. You can do the same thing in Syria."
David Ignatius

At 1/17/2006 10:34:00 AM, Blogger adonis syria said...

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At 1/17/2006 10:36:00 AM, Blogger ghassan said...

Ugarit, Norman:
Freedom of speech gaurantees that each individual is entitled to his/her views. That freedom however does not make all views equally valid.
To complain that a country has designs on its neighbour , when that can be amply documented, is a clear cut case of interference in the domestic affairs of a sovereign state. But to conclude that when political leaders express an opinion cregarding their approval or disapproval of a neighbouring state as interference is ludicrous to say the least.
Let us not get carried away by the heat of the moment and start making all sorts of illogical statements. Lebanon has only one demand of Syria; respect its independence and sovereignty. In the same way that policies enacted in Damascus do not need the blessings of Beirut the Beirut policies do not need the approval of Damascus. Syria has had a problem in accepting its place and role in the modern world. It is time for a reality check.

At 1/17/2006 10:54:00 AM, Blogger adonis syria said...

Cursed be the killers and thiefs who violated the dignity of this impoverished people during 42 years without mercy.
Is that normal that a prominent economist like professor Aref Dalila to be in prison when the gang Bashar,Bushra,Maher and Rami are playing with our destiny and our national wealth ?

T desco,i dont think that the syrian people would like to be taken as hostage by the iranian policy and their interests are not ours.

At 1/17/2006 10:58:00 AM, Blogger adonis syria said...

Cursed be the killers and thieves who violated the dignity of this impoverished people during 42 years without mercy.
Is that normal that a prominent economist like professor Aref Dalila to be in prison when the gang Bashar,Bushra,Maher and Rami are playing with our destiny and our national wealth ?

T desco,i dont think that the syrian people would like to be taken as hostage by the iranian policy and their interests are not ours.

At 1/17/2006 11:21:00 AM, Blogger ugarit said...

ghassan said:

"To complain that a country has designs on its neighbour , when that can be amply documented, is a clear cut case of interference in the domestic affairs of a sovereign state. But to conclude that when political leaders express an opinion cregarding their approval or disapproval of a neighbouring state as interference is ludicrous to say the least."

Syria must accept Lebanon's sovereignty. I completely agree with that, but not to call Jumblatt's statements as attempted interference would be disingenious. Let's call it what it is. Just because it's interference it does'nt mean that it's negative interference.

At 1/17/2006 11:25:00 AM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

"vox ,Jumblat who is in GOVerment is calling for the American occupation of Syria ,isn,t that interference."

this is the personal position of a private citizen. It's not the position of the Lebanese government. Jumblat is not in charge of the foreign policy.

You better find something better than that.

And by the way, he said it last week, and Syria have been conducting a terrorist campaign for months now (if not decades).

At 1/17/2006 11:43:00 AM, Blogger norman said...

isiting violence against Syria on assumption of Syria,s envolvment in terror attacks in Lebanon without evidence indicate the hostility that he and his freinds have for Syria for stoping them from killing the Lebanese christians when Syria interfered in 1976,when they can confirm Syria,s envolvment they can invade Syria and chang the goverment,untill then they should shut up and stop the media war befor Syria closes the border with Lebanon and start charging them market prices for electricity and fuel.

At 1/17/2006 11:46:00 AM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

Another old new promise today: Assad to release all political prisonners within hours>

Let us follow the liar to his door.

I don't believe a thing until what he rpomised take place.


At 1/17/2006 12:12:00 PM, Blogger EHSANI2 said...

While everyone discusses the so-called Sharaa’s doctrine and the possible release of political prisoners, little discussion has taken place about a brief announcement in Althawra newspaper today.

According to the newspaper, the fist privately held airline has started operating in Syria.
“Alsharqiya” is going to run charter flights to Sharm Al-sheikh, Dubai, and Istanbul. This new company will also add internal flights to its plans in the near future. The newspaper proudly mentions that the capital of the company is from local “watani” sources.

Does anyone care to guess who owns the new company?

Does anyone wonder why he or she has not heard about it earlier?

Does anyone realize that this has been one year in the works, and that the license to operate has been granted sometime ago?

I sure would have loved to participate in such a winning concept.

You think that you have an inclination who is behind the venture, and who actually owns it?

I am afraid that you are absolutely right!

At 1/17/2006 01:07:00 PM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...


That is the answer.

At 1/17/2006 01:24:00 PM, Blogger EHSANI2 said...

Try again

At 1/17/2006 01:27:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

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At 1/17/2006 01:28:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

Could it be this respectable, decent, patriotic shareh?

At 1/17/2006 02:10:00 PM, Blogger EHSANI2 said...

The answer is much more straight forward I am afraid.


Cheney met with King Abudullah for "several hours" in a tent at the ruler's deser camp. Cheney refused to comment on their discussion.

More interestingly, after leaving his meeting with the King, Cheney talked with Saad Hariri for "an hour" at Riyadh Airport.

At 1/17/2006 02:17:00 PM, Blogger Atassi said...

The corrupted Rami Mkhalouf.. this is toooo easy..


At 1/17/2006 02:19:00 PM, Blogger Atassi said...

RIYADH, Jan 17, 2006 (AFP) -

US Vice President Dick Cheney held talks with key regional allies Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Saudi King Abdullah on Tuesday during a Middle East tour focused on the Lebanon-Syria crisis and regional security.

"The talks covered the situation on the Syrian and Lebanese scenes and Saudi-Egyptian efforts to ward off an escalation of the situation in the region," a Saudi official told AFP after Cheney met the Saudi monarch.

The two men agreed on "the need for Syria to cooperate with the UN probe (into the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri) in keeping with UN Security Council resolutions and on the importance of safeguarding security in the region," he added, requesting anonymity.

Cheney, who was due to travel on to Kuwait to pay his respects after the death of its emir, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah, later met with Lebanese MP Saad Hariri.

Hariri is the son of the former Lebanese premier whose February 2005 assassination triggered anti-Damascus protests and led to the end of Syria's 29-year military presence in Lebanon.

Saad Hariri has since spent most of his time in Saudi Arabia, where his late billionaire father once made his fortune, due to security concerns.

Riyadh and Cairo have been trying to ease Syria-Lebanon tensions after the assassinations of Hariri and attacks on a number of anti-Syrian Lebanese figures that have been widely blamed on Damascus.

Western powers -- Washington and Paris in particular -- have been turning up the heat on Damascus since a UN investigation into the Beirut bomb blast which killed Hariri and 20 other people implicated Syria.

Washington has threatened Damascus with more Security Council action and accused President Bashar al-Assad's regime of obstructing the UN probe.

Earlier, Cheney had discussed tensions between Syria and Lebanon with Mubarak in Cairo.

"We cannot say that today's meeting brought about any solutions in this file, because it is not so simple and any solution should be based on the implementation of Security Council resolutions," Mubarak's spokesman said.

The Saudi official said King Abdullah voiced satisfaction at US efforts to "facilitate" the Palestinian legislative elections on January 25.

Abdullah stressed the need for Washington to help the Palestinian Authority and pursue its efforts to "implement the roadmap and achieve the US president's (George W. Bush) vision about the establishment of an independent Palestinian state."

The two leaders also reviewed "efforts and contacts under way at the Arab and local levels to ensure the success of the political process in Iraq," the official said.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt are co-sponsors of an Iraqi reconciliation conference to be held in Baghdad in late February or early March in a bid to bring the disempowered Sunni Muslim community back into the political arena.

Abdullah and Cheney also examined the Iranian nuclear file, the official said, as Western powers step up their threat to refer Tehran to the Security Council over its resumption of sensitive nuclear fuel research work.

Saudi officials said cooperation in the fight against terrorism was also on the agenda.

Cheney and Mubarak discussed the impact of the health crisis of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a deep coma since suffering a massive brain haemorrhage on January 4, the Egyptian spokesman said.

The vice president had kicked off his regional tour in December but cut it short to deal with a domestic issue.

At 1/17/2006 02:24:00 PM, Blogger EHSANI2 said...


Well done.

Yes Ladies and Gentleman, the country's first privately owned commercial airlines got started by the same brain power that conceived the idea of creating the country's first privately owned cell phone company. Add to this the first privately owned Duty Free management company and the list goes on. While we opine on the future of our country on our computer screens, the cash registers keep ringing ever as vigoursly and consistently.

At 1/17/2006 02:39:00 PM, Blogger Atassi said...

Syria in needs of justice system to fight This kind of corruptions and enforce transparency in the county public entities and allow a fair and transparent biddings process.

At 1/17/2006 03:07:00 PM, Blogger EHSANI2 said...


Who is going to publicly complain?
Who is going to listen?
Who is going to stop this?
Then again, does anyone care?

At 1/17/2006 03:08:00 PM, Blogger norman said...

It is coruption if you or i tried to get permition to do the same and were tuned down otherwise it is joulasy on our part the only thing i want is for him to pay taxes about 15% on his the goverment can have small buisness lawn people can get and start small buisnesses.when Syria gets a stock market and his company is traded then all Syrians will have achance to own shares.the when he owns alot in the country and become very powerfull the they will do to him what happend to Rokefelers in the US .devide the companies and force him to sell it,s parts.

At 1/17/2006 03:19:00 PM, Blogger EHSANI2 said...

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At 1/17/2006 03:32:00 PM, Blogger majedkhaldoon said...

We need democracy in Syria, also we need the money that was stolen from the people and placed in foreign banks by officials in syria or relatives and friends to the officials, and put outside Syria they stole it because of their goverment positions, and power, the syrian people are poor ,salaries are very low, and the money that has been stolen are huge over 35 billion of Dollars, it sure can make a difference in the lives of Syrians, the Assad family are not going to do it, that is why we need a change.

At 1/17/2006 03:36:00 PM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

That is the difference, you oppositions can not see! The difference between Makhlouf and the other thieves is that Makhlouf (Sala allahou aleihe Wa Salame) reinvests the money in Syria, while others deposit it in foreign banks.

Give the guy credit, please!

At 1/17/2006 04:11:00 PM, Blogger Atassi said...

You are funny Dude.. Makhlouf is not reinvesting the money he stole in the Syrian economies. He is moving it to Dubai and other places, he is only investment in operational investments for existing work so he can keep on sucking the life out of Syria.
The Harrie of Lebanon invested in Lebanon and maybe stole some ( I don't know that) .. but At least he took care of more then 40,000 students ( Lebanese and Syrian). Makhlouf Did nothing for the Syrian student. ZERO.

At 1/17/2006 04:18:00 PM, Blogger EHSANI2 said...

The banks in Dubai may have different ideas.

While Atassi stole my thunder, come to think of it, give me a monopoly with 20 million customers and I promise that I would be reinvesting inside as well. Why would anyone deposit his money in foreign banks earning a paltry 5% a year when you can make multiples of that at home?

Come to think of it, a diversified strategy is always best. Inside, outside and anywhere in between all works. Gulf based investors are part owners in this lovely new airline.
It will surely beat Syrian Arab Airlines. People will soon have to thank the country's business czar for doing such a great job and for letting his people enjoy such a great service.

The cash registers keep clicking. The banks in Dubai keep getting wire transfers, the syrian people keep their falafel diet going.

At 1/17/2006 04:26:00 PM, Blogger ghassan said...

Norman, Norman, Norman how can you possibly say that this corruption is jealousy. Individuals are given preferrential treatment, inside informatio, allowed to stand above the law and encouraged to sell the influence of their relatives in the government in order to accumulate wealth and power through illegal schemes and you call that acceptable provide they pay 15% profit tax. We must be living in different worlds. It is one thing to turn a blind eye to corruptionbut a completely different matter when we condone and accept such behaviour.

The Syrian example is statism at its worse. All what is valuable in the country is stolen from the masses and awarded to members of one family who exercise absolute and tyrannical power. A whole country passes from father to son and we call that a republic. What a charade!!! ( Maybe it is true that people get the government that they deserve.)

At 1/17/2006 04:39:00 PM, Blogger VIVA LIBAN said...

Syrians just bark on computer screens. We Lebanese kicked this Makhloof and Alawite ass out of Lebanon not by barking, but by the threat "use of force"

You think if you do not start a revolution anything will change.
Coward Syrians.

At 1/17/2006 05:08:00 PM, Blogger Syrian Republican Party said...

"Olmert Offers Olive Branch if Abbas Disarms Hamas"

This is as dumb of Jewish Ideotic Jokes as it can get. This is even worse joke than Disarming Hizbullah or asking Iran to stop the Nuclear Reaserch.

What is wrong with human, why are they so fucking stupid. Incridible.

At 1/17/2006 05:25:00 PM, Blogger EHSANI2 said...


I don't think so. Helpless is more like it. The Lebanese had years to start their so-called revolution. Why didn't they? Because the big powers were ignoring them at he expense of other issues. Had it not been for the watchful eye of Bush-Chirac, Lebanon would still be ruled from Damascus.

Sir, without outside help/support, people can't do much, trust me.

At 1/17/2006 05:40:00 PM, Blogger VIVA LIBAN said...

Helpless!!! Can they spare a Dollar, Can you posters here spare Ten, a Hundred or even Thousand Dollars?.

What it would it take to remove the top 1000 or so heads, do you think this Alawi serpent regime wil make it if it has its head decapitated.

Coward Syrinas!!! barking at computer screens and waiting for Israel and Bush and Chirac to save them.

Bad news for you, the Americans sent the Vice President to the Arabs this weeks to beg for ways to keep the Alawi regime and not back khadam's provisional government. Do you know why!! ask the dictator cousin Rami about the oil and Airline deals he is amking. Ask about why silencing the Medina Bank investigation.

Coward Syrians! thats all

At 1/18/2006 07:48:00 PM, Blogger Sexual-Pleasure said...

How to Perform Cunnilingus: Tips from the Experts

Tip #1: Learn the ABCs of oral sex on her

While every body is different, a few basic things remain the same. Here are some tried and true tips for before, during and after performing cunnilingus:

Share a shower together before you begin so neither of you have to worry about possible unpleasant tastes or odors.
Ask your partner what she likes. At the very least, she can say things like "harder" or "slower" or "more circles."
Fill your own mouth with saliva first. Never touch or lick the clitoris with a dry finger or tongue.
Know where the clitoris is but don't dive straight for it. First try gentle kissing and licking around the upper thighs and vulva.
Tell her how good she looks, smells and tastes.
Think variety. If you repeat the same motion, your partner may become temporarily insensitive to it, so be sure to vary your stimulation.
Let your hands roam. As she becomes more aroused, insert a finger or two into her vagina.
Some women like to have a finger gently inserted into their anus. If she doesn't like it, don't do it.
Continue to fondle and hold her as she orgasms and after.
The clitoris has more nerve endings than the entire head of the penis. Be gentle.
Unlike men, many women enjoy strong stimulation while having an orgasm. Keep it going until she asks you to stop.
These suggestions should give you a start, but experiment and see what you and your partner enjoy. The greatest tip of all is to relax and enjoy yourself. Enthusiasm goes further than even the best of techniques!

Tip #2: Create an oral pleasure scenario

Again, every body is different. However, some variation on the following plan should work wonders.

Set the scene with candles, fresh flowers, incense, soft music... whatever she prefers. Your thoughtfulness will surprise and delight her.

Make sure she's comfortable. Encourage her to recline on the bed. Place a few pillows behind her head. Make sure she isn't cold.

Don't dive directly for the genitals; spend some time kissing her lips, shoulders, breasts and belly. Stroke her lightly with your fingertips. Tell her how beautiful she is. Move down between her legs and gently kiss, blow, stroke and nibble her belly, inner thighs and hips.

When she's breathing heavily, gently spread her legs and kiss her pubic mound. Nuzzle around for a few minutes, spending time with the different parts of her vulva. Pay attention to her breathing; when she breathes faster, she's enjoying herself more. Take note of what she likes and repeat it.

When she sounds highly aroused -- she may be wiggling around a bit, as well -- spread her labia and gently kiss and tongue her clitoris. Don't hold the clitoral hood back unless she instructs you too -- the clitoris is highly sensitive.

Lick and nuzzle the entire area: vaginal opening, perineum, inner labia and clitoris. If she says or otherwise indicates that she particularly likes what you're doing, spend a little time there.

Wrap your arms around her hips, cupping her buttocks, and get to work on her clitoris. Apply firm pressure with the tip of your tongue in a circular motion. Be patient: you might be here awhile. If she's not responding to the clitoral pressure you're exerting, try some variations. Try tracing the letters of the alphabet across her genitals and clitoris. Try inserting your tongue into her vagina (some women dislike this, so pay attention to her response or just ask her if she likes it). Vary speed, pressure and intensity. Try inserting your fingers or a sex toy into her vagina. Be creative.

When you hear rapid heavy breathing and feel her body start to tense up, she's really enjoying the stimulation you're giving her. Whatever you do, don't stop doing what you're doing. She's probably about to have an orgasm.

Continue to stimulate and hold her while she climaxes. Be warned: women can have much longer orgasms than men and can experience waves of orgasms that last several minutes. Let her enjoy herself and continue to stimulate her until she lets you know you can stop.

Tip #3: Learn how to request (and receive) cunnilingus

While studies show that the majority of men (and lesbian women) enjoy performing cunnilingus; some may still need a little coaxing from you. Hint that if your partner pleases you, you'll take care of them too. Suggest a "69" position. Work cunnilingus into your regular sexual program, but don't expect it every time you have sex. Thank your partner by reciprocating or indulging them in one of their fantasies.

While you're on the receptive end, try to relax. One of the reasons it can take some women so long to reach orgasm is that they don't relax enough to climax. Try not to think about how you smell or taste. Don't worry that you're taking too long; it naturally takes most women longer than men to reach orgasm. Try to relax and enjoy the stimulation your partner is giving you. If you prefer, try closing your eyes and fantasizing. When you're getting ready to have an orgasm, let your partner know so they can concentrate on providing you the rhythmical stimulus you need. Ride the waves until your body is done climaxing. Then thank your partner with a long, juicy kiss.

Tip #4: Surprise her with oral sex props

You don't have to rely solely on your mouth or fingers when "going down south" on your woman. Our tongues and fingers were not made to vibrate, pulsate or gyrate and most of us can't provide unlimited stimulation with them. And, sometimes orally pleasing your partner can be downright tiring. Never fear, there are some special oral sex props that can assist you. Try the following to enhance your oral play repertoire:

When your tongue gets tired of flicking and licking her "love button", try using a clitoral stimulator as a stand-in. A bullet vibe works best, giving you lots of room to continue stimulating the rest of her vulva with your mouth and/or fingers.
Some women enjoy vaginal or anal penetration while having their clitoris stimulated. As mentioned above, you can try inserting a finger or two to stimulate her internally. Next time, try inserting a well lubricated small sex toy that vibrates. Some even have a special curved tip ideal for G-Spot stimulation.
Finally, try using some flavored lube (for your benefit) or even a tingling arousal gel (for her pleasure).
Remember that everyone's body is different. What one woman loves, another woman hates. Talk to your partner about what she likes and dislikes. The more comfortable you are discussing cunnilingus, the more you'll enjoy performing it--but the best way to excel at cunnilingus is lots of practice. Fortunately, your partner should be more than happy to help out!

How to Give Perfect Fellatio

Let's begin with a word of reassurance: as long as there are no teeth involved, there's really no such thing as bad fellatio, also known as a "blow job" (though there's no blowing involved). For the recipient, they range from "That was a nice little bit of foreplay" to a mind-bending "Oh my god, I think I almost lost consciousness."

But with a little practice, and a few easy tips, you can improve your odds of providing a truly great blow job every time.

Be Safe. First things first: If you're not with a monogamous partner, be safe and use a condom. Granted, oral sex is easier to give and enjoy without the condom, but you absolutely have to put your own health first. Don't like the taste? Not a problem. Experiment with some of the flavored condoms on the market -- that's what they're there for! And applying water-based lube to the penis before you put on the condom will greatly increase his pleasure.

Get Comfortable. Get into a position that provides you easy access but is also comfortable. Change positions as necessary -- after all, he wants you to enjoy yourself, too. If you're kneeling on the floor in front of him, use a pillow under your knees.

Don't Curb Your Enthusiasm. The key ingredient, many people will tell you, is plain and simple: enthusiasm. No one wants to feel like their partner is reluctant or unwilling, so if you're not into it, save it for another time. But if you seem like you're having fun, it will make the experience that much more pleasurable for him.

Begin With the End in Mind. Unless it's just a little foreplay, take your time and pace yourself so you don't burn out early. That said, don't feel like it has to be a major commitment every time. Almost any man will tell you he'd prefer getting quicker blow jobs more often over one really great one a year.

Get Him Talking. Whether it's harder, softer, faster or slower, no one knows exactly what he wants better than he does. Let him know it's okay to tell you what he needs, whether verbally or non-verbally. But also be sure to watch for clues: heavy breathing and moans of pleasure mean you're on the right track.

Start Off With Style. A little variety is the best way to get him fully aroused: you can stroke, kiss, lick, run your tongue up and down the shaft, take the penis all the way into your mouth in one fell swoop... Keeping him guessing can be a real turn-on.

Use Your Hands: Part 1. Run your hands over his chest and legs. Grab his backside. Use your hands to gently cup his balls. Not only does it feel good, but it's a good way to show him that you're into it.

Don't Be Shy. Women often under-estimate the amount of pressure they can exert on an aroused, erect penis. There's no need to be delicate. It's good to start out with soft, tantalizing moves, but, as arousal is heightened, it will take more pressure to keep things moving along. Let him know that it's okay to tell you when it's too much. Odds are, he won't.

Watch Those Teeth! Unless your partner specifically requests it, don't use your teeth. It can and probably will be painful for him. The best technique is to suck in your lips to cover your teeth just to make sure you don't accidentally graze him during the act.

The Extra-Credit Secret Spot. On the underside of the penis, directly below the head, is a small ridge of skin known as the frenulum. On many men, this area is exquisitely sensitive to stimulation. Learn it. Know it. Use it.
Get Into a Rhythm. Once he's fully aroused and heading towards what will hopefully be a mind-blowing orgasm, it's time to take things up a notch. This is where you begin fellating in earnest. Use gentle (not too gentle) suction and an up-and-down motion with your head to move him toward climax.

Use Your Hands: Part 2. Grasp his penis at the base and move your hand up and down in rhythm with your mouth for increased pressure. Get a steady rhythm going and don't vary it. It can (and probably will) speed up as he gets closer, but at this point it's important to not change what you're doing. This is the very best way to make sure your excursion into blow job land reaches its grand finale.

To Swallow or Not To Swallow... That is the question. It's up to you. Many men will tell you that they kind of like it when their partner swallows (although if you did your job well, they might not even notice). But if the idea doesn't appeal, keep a towel or cup nearby so you don't have to race to the sink afterwards.

The Most Important Thing to Remember. Have fun. Relax. He's going to love it. At the very least, he'll like it. A whole, whole lot. Especially if you promise to keep practicing on him.

No Barriers to Oral Loving!
Using Condoms and Dental Dams for Safer Oral Sex
by Tamar Love

We know we're supposed to use a condom for vaginal or anal sex with non-monogamous partners, but is it really necessary to use protection when giving or receiving oral sex? In a word, YES!

Bacterium and viruses that cause a host of nasty diseases -- HPV, HIV and Hepatitis, to name a few -- can easily move from fluid to fluid. When the saliva in your mouth comes in contact with another person's bodily fluids, you are at a great risk of catching a disease, perhaps even a fatal one.

Fortunately, when used correctly, condoms and dental dams are 99% effective at preventing the spread of most sexually transmitted infections. Using a barrier during oral sex can seem like a real pain, but doesn't it pale in comparison to catching something deadly?

Barriers Can Be Sexy!
Believe it or not, it is possible to perform sexy, satisfying oral sex with a condom or dental dam. It's all about attitude and communication.

Look your lover in the eye and tell him or her you're about to give him or her the best oral sex of your partner's life. There's just one catch -- you won't do it unless you can use protection. Remain firm on this point.

While your lover may quibble at first, if you prime him or her with some light stroking, hot kisses and promises of orgasmic delight, he or she will eventually come around. Let's hope so, because if you aren't in a monogamous, STD-free relationship, you have no business coming in contact with any of your partner's fluids!

Condoms & Fellatio
Start by squeezing about a teaspoon of condom-compatible lubricant into a non-lubricated condom. For tips on putting on a condom, please read our education article, A Condom Primer: Everything You Need to Know About Rubbers.

It's important that you only use a condom for protection when performing fellatio -- plastic wrap and latex gloves will break during thrusting, sucking or shafting. Think about it, would you use Saran Wrap as protection during intercourse? We think not!

The big difference between performing fellatio with and without a condom is moisture: When the penis is encased in latex, your mouth's moisture can't get in. That's why you should always add lube to the condom before you put it on. The moisture of the lubricant inside the condom will realistically simulate the feeling of a warm, wet mouth.

Your partner will enjoy the heat from your mouth and the pressure from your tongue, but he won't feel as much sensation as he would when "riding bareback." That's no problem -- play on his other senses. Men are visual creatures, so let him really enjoy the sight of you giving him oral sex. Try one of these tips:

Look up at him and make eye contact from time to time.
Make "yummy" noises, indicating how much fun you're having.
Use your hand to rub the shaft while you apply pressure to the head with your tongue.
Use your hands to stimulate other parts of his body, such as his belly, thighs, anus and prostate.
If your partner still balks at using a condom during oral sex, remind him that if he takes a panel of STD tests (including an HIV test) and remains monogamous, condoms will no longer be necessary!
Using a Dental Dam
Named for the protective shield used during dental surgery, a dental dam is a small sheet of latex that acts as a barrier between your mouth and your partner's vagina or anus. Once only made in shades of translucent white or hospital blue, dental dams are now available in different colors, shapes and sizes.

Dental dams are an extremely effective means of preventing infection during oral sex performed on the anus or vagina. While the thought of holding a sheet of latex between you and your partner's private parts may seem a little weird, in reality, dental dams are easy to use and afford a great deal of sensation during cunnilingus or analingus.

Before you use the dam, rinse it off with warm water to remove any "sterile" flavors, and dry it with a soft, clean a towel. Check to be sure the dam is free of holes or breakage by holding it up to the light or running warm water over it.

Finally, remember to use only one side of the dam during love play. If you flip it over and lick the other side, you're defeating the purpose of using the dam! Some people use a felt-tip pen to write "This Side Up" -- or perhaps something a little sexier, like "Lick Here"!

You can buy dental dams in a variety of places: drugstores, dental supply stores and some sex toy stores. If you cannot find a dental dam, you can use a triple-layer of plastic wrap, a latex glove or an unlubricated condom. Because cunnilingus is not generally as rough as fellatio, these "household remedies" will work in a pinch.

Dental Dams, Cunnilingus & Analingus
There are two schools of thought with regards to using dental dams:

The person giving oral sex holds the dam in place so that the receiver can sit back and enjoy.
The person receiving oral sex holds the dam so that the giver can concentrate on what he or she is doing.
Obviously, only you and your partner can decide what is right for you. However, ownership of the dam may be a moot point, as more manufacturers have added an adhesive strip to the dam, which keeps it in place during oral sex.
Apply some water-based lubricant to the vulva or anus before you begin; this will increase the sensation for your partner. As with fellatio, you won't be able to utilize any natural lubrication, so be sure to add some sort of slipperiness -- the vulva and anus are made of delicate tissue that doesn't stand up well to dry friction.

At first, use the same amount of tongue, lip and mouth pressure you would normally use -- the dental dam doesn't eliminate sensation. Ask your partner to indicate "harder" or "softer," until you have a good sense of what works best. Remember to use your hands and fingers to stroke other parts of your lover's body. Make eye contact, if possible, and let your partner know you love what you are doing to him or her. Your enjoyment of the act will increase your partner's pleasure.

Balms and Oils
Flavored oils or balms can be a nice addition to any oral lovemaking experience, especially when it involves latex. It's important that you only use latex-friendly products with condoms or dental dams. In other words, your slippery stuff should be water based. Read the back of the bottle and make sure the words "water based" are present. Otherwise, your latex barrier will disintegrate on contact.

Latex barriers should be thrown in the trash after each use. Don't flush them down the toilet unless you want clogged plumbing. Also, don't reuse condoms or dental dams. In addition to being really gross, it's unhygienic and increases the chance that your barrier will break, and you'll catch something. Use a fresh condom or dental dam for each oral sex session.

Talk it Out
The key to making protective barriers part of your sex life is good communication. Don't wait until the last minute to pull out the latex --give your partner a little time to adjust to the fact that he or she is going to receive oral sex in a potentially unfamiliar way. If your partner is curious or apprehensive, discuss the benefits of using protection during oral sex. Don't lie about the lack of sensation and moisture, but do play up the sexy elements of the experience. Above all, keep each other focused on the intimacy you are sharing. That's what's really important, isn't it?

Shop for edible treats and flavored lubricants for oral pleasure.

Analingus: The Curious Lovers' Guide to Oral-Anal Contact

Not everybody feels comfortable with the thought of kissing or licking their lover's anus, or with having it done to them. But the fact is, many lovers are curious about oral-anal contact -- known as analingus and casually called "rimming" -- and often feel surprised by their interest, but when they try it, some become enthusiastic about it.

Many lovers have an accidental introduction to analingus during cunnilingus, since the bottom of the vaginal entrance is quite close to the anus. Sometimes a little lick meant for the lower vagina slips further south than intended, and the recipient experiences unexpected delight -- and sometimes a surprisingly powerful urge to explore analingus further.

For other lovers, interest in rimming develops from anal play. The most popular anal activities are sphincter massage and fingering, and many people also enjoy butt plugs and penis-anus intercourse. But as people explore other forms of anal eroticism, many warm up to the idea of analingus.

Another Way to Play
There is absolutely nothing wrong with or abnormal about rimming. If you feel tempted to condemn it, remember that, not too long ago, oral sex was considered a disgusting perversion and was outlawed in many states. Now oral sex is so widely accepted that about three-quarters of Americans say they have performed it on a lover and had it performed on them. In fact, many couples don't make love without it.

Rimming may not ever become as popular as oral sex, but in recent years Americans have become somewhat more sexually experimental. In fact, surveys suggest that around fifteen percent of American adults -- more than twenty million people -- have experienced some form of anal sex play. There are no statistics specifically on rimming, but as people become more comfortable with sexual experimentation in general, and anal play in particular, it should come as no surprise that many heterosexuals and homosexuals alike are expressing curiosity about analingus.

Why Analingus Feels Erotic
The anus and surrounding tissue are richly endowed with nerves that are highly sensitive to gentle, playful, loving touch. The same is true for the lips and tongue, and when you put these areas together, the combination can be powerfully erotic.

Another reason anal stimulation feels erotic is the pelvic floor muscles, which lie beneath the surface of the anal area. These muscles play an important role in sex and are the ones that contract during orgasm. Using a sex toy, finger or tongue to massage or insert into the anus stimulates the pelvic floor muscles and heightens overall erotic sensations.

Finally, sex draws a good deal of its emotional power from lovers' wholehearted acceptance of each other. Analingus involves acceptance of an area that's often not accepted -- in fact, one that's usually rejected. Analingus becomes a way for the giver to say: " I love all of you. No part of your wonderful body turns me off." And it's a way for the receiver to say:" I'm totally yours. No part of me is off limits to you." This level of mutual acceptance can be a powerful turn-on.

Raising The Issue
If you're interested in rimming, raise the issue before you dive in. Some couples prefer to discuss sexual experimentation in nonsexual settings. Others like to discuss experimentation while making love. Raise the issue in whatever way feels the most comfortable to you in your relationship.

If you and your lover have open and frank sexual communication, you might simply announce that you'd like to try analingus. On the other hand, if you feel reluctant to admit your interest -- the case for many -- you might raise the issue indirectly, perhaps by mentioning offhandedly that you read something about it on and asking what your lover thinks of it.

If your honey grimaces, chances are that analingus won't become part of your intimate repertoire. Never pressure a lover to try rimming if he or she doesn't want to. But if your lover shows any interest, even if it's couched in skepticism and concern about hygiene, you may detect enough of an opening to pursue the issue, allay your lover's concerns and perhaps introduce it into your lovemaking.

If you decide to experiment with analingus, you also need to discuss who's interested in which role. Some people are interested in only one side of a rimming interaction; others feel equally comfortable in both roles. Before you begin, be sure you're clear on who does what.

The Big Fear: Fecal Contact
Because the anus is intimately involved in defecation, many people assume that oral-anal contact must involve contact with feces. This is possible. Even with good wiping, traces of fecal material may cling to the anus and the skin around it.

However, careful personal hygiene minimizes exposure. San Francisco sex therapist Jack Morin, Ph.D., author of the now-classic Anal Pleasure & Health, insists that the anus, anal canal and rectum usually contain surprisingly little stool. Most fecal material is stored above the rectum in the descending colon. When stool moves into the rectum, you feel "the urge," and it then passes out of the body fairly quickly. Most of the time, when you feel no urge to defecate, there are only trace amounts of stool in the rectum, anal canal and anus -- traces that can easily be washed out.

The Infection Connection
Another important consideration is the possibility of analingus exposing the giver to digestive tract bacteria. The digestive tract is home to millions of bacteria that assist in digestion, notably E. coli. These micro-organisms get incorporated into stool and can be found in and around the anus. Although they help with digestion, they might also cause infection. If E. coli come in contact with the vagina or urethra, t he woman might develop a vaginal infection (bacterial vaginosis) or a urinary tract infection (UTI, also known as cystitis or bladder infection). That's why a standard recommendation is that anything that comes into contact with the anus should not then touch the vulva or vagina.

The digestive tract might also contain other harmful micro-organisms that can be spread during oral-anal contact. Among them:

Other bacteria. Two significant germs are Shigella and Salmonella, which cause food poisoning. These germs can cause acute and often vicious diarrhea, and it's possible for someone with mild symptoms to transmit the infection to someone else who develops severe symptoms.
Intestinal parasites, notably Giardia lamblia, and amoebas, both of which cause diarrhea.
Viruses, notably HIV (the AIDS virus) and the one that causes hepatitis A. HIV typically spreads through blood-to-blood contact. Anal tissue bleeds easily, particularly in the estimated one-third of American adults who have hemorrhoids. (These varicose veins of the anal canal sometimes cause pain, but frequently do not, so affected individuals may not know they have them.) If HIV-contaminated blood enters the mouth of a someone who has a minor injury -- bleeding gums, for example -- the infection might be transmitted.
Fun Without Fear
Because infections such as HIV can be transmitted during analingus, it's crucial that lovers who play this way take prudent precautions:

Wash thoroughly. Before any sexual encounter involving oral-anal play, the area around and inside the anus should be carefully washed with soap and water.
Consider showering together. Washing is good, but showering together is even better. Not only is it sensual foreplay, but you can both make sure everything is clean and ready to go.
Consider an enema. For an extra margin of hygiene safety, the recipient might want to try an enema before washing. Enemas rinse the rectum and anal canal, removing most traces of fecal material. They're easy to use, especially the disposable enemas available over the counter from pharmacies. Simply insert the flexible nozzle into the anus while on your hands and knees and gently squeeze the bottle, pushing the fluid into the rectum. After a few minutes, sit on the toilet and allow the fluid to drain out. The bottle can be refilled with warm water and reused.
Dam it. Dental dams are thick sheets of latex rubber that work like a condom, acting as a physical barrier between the anus and the mouth. They may feel awkward to use at first, but, like condoms, they can be incorporated into analingus easily with a little practice and a sense of humor. Dental dams are available at most pharmacies, or you can simply buy unlubricated condoms or latex gloves and cut them into flat sheets. In a pinch, you can also use plastic food wrap. To heighten pleasure, massage a little sexual lubricant into your lover's anus before applying the dam.
Rinse after. After analingus without a dam, be sure to rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash or, at the very least, water.
In truly monogamous couples, where both people are confident that neither has hepatitis, HIV or intestinal parasites, the only real risk of analingus is contact with digestive bacteria -- and enemas and careful washing virtually eliminates this. According to Dr. Morin, for healthy, monogamous couples who practice careful anal hygiene, the risk of analingus causing infection or illness is "extremely low." Consider your situation carefully. Discuss it. Then decide for yourselves the appropriate level of precautions you want to take.

Analingus Techniques and Tips
Certain positions allow oral-anal contact with a minimum of contortions:

Knees and elbows. The person receiving pleasure assumes the position typically used for rear-entry (doggie style) intercourse, while his or her lover kneels or squats behind. Either partner may gently spread the cheeks to expose the anus.
Standing bent over. The person on the receiving end stands and bends at the waist, and his or her partner kneels, sits or squats behind.
Lying supine. The person being licked lies on his or her back, legs bent, knees drawn up to the chest or apart, while the other lover squats or lies on his or her stomach. It often helps in this position to place a pillow under the recipient's hips, which raises the anus and allows for easier access.
Sixty-nine. Compared with mutual oral-genital contact, mutual analingus requires somewhat more physical flexibility, but many people enjoy this position.
Once you're both in position for analingus, here are some tips on technique:

Take it slow. Some recipients enjoy having their partner plunge into analingus. But unless they specifically request it, you should approach this highly sensitive area slowly. Massage, kiss, and lick the person's lower back, thighs, hips, and buttocks as you slowly work your way towards his or her anus. A slow approach builds anticipation for what's about to happen and often heightens the eroticism of analingus.
Use your lips. Kiss your lover's anus and the area around it.
Use the flat of your tongue. Press it against your partner's anus.
Use the tip of your tongue. Wiggle it around the anus, slip it inside and move it in and out or wiggle it around in circles.
From Rimming to Other Forms of Anal Play
As mentioned earlier, some lovers discover analingus while involved in other forms of anal play. For others, analingus might be their introduction to anal eroticism. If analingus makes you curious about other aspects of anal sex, see MyPleasure's article, Introducing Anal Sex, as well as the Introducing Anal Sex Anal Collection of sex toys specifically designed to enhance backdoor fun.

Whatever you and your lover ultimately decide about analingus, discussing it can deepen the intimacy you share. You will learn more about yourself and each other. You will become clearer about what you're willing and unwilling to try. In the end, as it were, these discussions will help you feel closer to one another and better able to experience whatever sexual pleasure you both enjoy.

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At 1/19/2006 01:24:00 PM, Blogger Lira = 1500 said...

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