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The effects of the algorithms which lead social media users to more and more extreme content, and the role of social media in providing a platform for political extremists and the dissemination of misinformation, have become problems for all countries. In this article from ten years ago, Kiran Hassan (co-ordinator of freedom of expression and digital rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies) presciently analysed the role of social media in spreading extremism in Pakistan in the wake of 9/11. ['From the Archives' curated by Alex May and Paul Flather]
From 1921 the UK administered the former Ottoman territories of Palestine and Transjordan as League of Nations ’mandates’. This followed the Balfour Declaration of 1917, which supported the establishment of a Jewish ‘national home’ in Palestine. By the late 1930s, communal violence between Arabs and Jewish settlers had resulted in the so-called ‘Arab uprising’. This article brought together (anonymously) contributions from Canon Charles Bridgeman (of Jerusalem), A. Alexander (of the Anglo-Jewish Association), Neville Laski (brother of Harold), and historian Arnold Toynbee; the latter (on behalf of the Round Table) advocated a federal solution in the wider region.
Written following the re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister of Israel, this article highlighted the need for international pressure to breathe new life into a faltering peace process: on the one hand to persuade Israel to respect the international consensus on a two-state solution, abide by international law, and freeze settlement activity in the West Bank, and on the other to persuade Palestinians to enter into negotiations on a peace treaty. Palestinian and Israeli membership of the Commonwealth was suggested as a stepping-stone in this process.