Syria released Berjas Aweidat, 47, of Majdal Shams on Monday after 13 years in jail. His brother has spoken to him by telephone. 'I asked him how he was, he says he's OK.'08:31 05.05.16 | 0 comments
balanced history could now be written. There are many documents in the public domain and enough writings on both sides to define the parameters. All history has to reconcile competing narratives. In this case, the facts are largely clear and the narratives, to the extent that they are honest, throw light on the different parties' motives and decisions. Historians anyway always evaluate narratives against known facts, chronology and realms of possibility. There are enough independent academic historians on both sides and neither to ensure a balanced account. And such would be a valuable tool in teaching the young on both sides to have a more balanced, less one-sided understanding of the events. Ardent Islamists might not like it any more than ardent Likudniks and it would no doubt get the Goldstone treatment from both. But heck, that's a badge of achievement in the M-E, where the public deserves to read something close to the truth rather than myths and propaganda.