February 19th, 2008

Chris Keeley

Mitch

Mitch

I'm about a year late, but while searching for things about myself on the internet I saw your posting for M.O'C Tattoos. Thanks You! It's now going into a third printing and Last Gasp has agreed to come out with a book of all my non tattoo book. Ain't I sumpthin' (now if only I could figure out why I'm still broke)! 
Best,
Mitch


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Chris Keeley

If Kosovo Can Be Free, Why Not Palestine?

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
 
Transmitted below is a new article of mine which was published today in the ARAB NEWS (Jeddah).
 

The Middle East's Leading English Language Daily

Tuesday 19 February 2008 (12 Safar 1429)

If Kosovo Can Be Free, Why Not Palestine?
John V. Whitbeck, Arab News —
 

As expected, Kosovo has now issued its unilateral declaration of independence, and the United States and most European Union countries, with which this declaration was coordinated, are rushing to extend diplomatic recognition to this "new country", a course of action which should strike anyone with an attachment to either international law or common sense as breathtakingly reckless.

The potentially destabilizing consequences of this precedent (which the US and the EU insist, bizarrely, should not be viewed as a precedent) have been much discussed with reference to other unhappy portions of other internationally recognized sovereign states with strong separatist movements practicing precarious but effective self-rule, such as Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Transniestria, Ngorno-Karabakh, Bosnia's Republika Srpska, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Iraqi Kurdistan, as well as to discontented minorities elsewhere. One potentially constructive consequence has not yet been discussed.

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