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Issue 6, Volume 112, Year 2023December 2023

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Issue 5, Volume 110, Year 2021Climate Change – Challenges, Issues and Commonwealth Responses

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Issue 6, Volume 111, Year 2022Pakistan at 75

Special edition – Pakistan 75 years after independence.

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Issue 1, Volume 103, Year 2014‘The role of private electronic media in radicalising Pakistan’ by Kiran Hassan

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]

Issue 114, Volume 29, Year 1939‘Palestine: the wider hope’

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.

Issue 3, Volume 104, Year 2015'Palestine’s membership in the Commonwealth as a contribution to a lasting peace in the Middle East’ by Victor Kattan

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.

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