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Paul Iddon

Digital Journalist based in Kilkenny, Ireland, Ireland. Joined on Mar 12, 2012
Expertise in Politics


Investing in Hamas infrastructure

Before stepping down as president for the final time later today, Israel's Shimon Peres wagged his finger at a state supporting of terrorism. Not Iran, as par the norm, but Qatar.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 6 comments

Op-Ed: More deadly horrors in store for Syria's future

In light of the death of some 700 people in a single 48-hour period the situation on the ground in Syria demands to be reevaluated.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Op-Ed: The defilement of Iraq's secular society

The Islamic States assault on the centuries old Christian community in the Iraqi city of Mosul also constitutes a wider assault on Iraq's secular society.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Be wary of lesser evil theories Mr. Oren

Israel is no stranger to realpolitik necessities when it comes to the often hostile Middle Eastern region. However its former ambassador to the US Michael Oren has formulated quite a peculiar argument regarding the 'Islamic State' ripping apart Iraq.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Why Hamas may have welcomed Israeli operation

In light of the fact that Israel has launched another military operation into the Gaza Strip in response to Hamas rocket attacks it may be worth speculating whether or not Hamas is intentionally inviting such a response.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 8 comments

Op-Ed: The risk of an Israeli invasion of Gaza

The ramifications of an Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip need to be rigorously evaluated and examined very closely and meticulously. Such a move would likely prove to be a grave mistake.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 8 comments

Op-Ed: Assad is no antidote to Islamism

The Syrian regime is trying to re-brand itself as a useful force for security when it comes to confronting the threat Islamists, who have taken root in Iraq and Syria, now pose to western countries.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 1 comment

The broker in Cairo

Just how much do we understand about Cairo's view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and their hopes for the future of the Palestinian national cause?
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Op-Ed: Shoring up the Persian Gulf

What the latest $11 billion armed deal between the United States and the Persian Gulf sheikhdom of Qatar implies about United States policy in the Persian Gulf region.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Op-Ed: The ayatollah's secular struggle

The highest ranking Shia cleric in Iraq is undoubtedly the Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. His views and statements shouldn't be misinterpreted or misrepresented at such a pivotal moment in Iraq's modern history.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Understanding the intent over the affects of Hamas rocket attacks

One of the most misunderstood aspects of clashes between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and the Israeli military operations that have taken place in that territory in recent years are the intent of Hamas rockets over the actual affect.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 1 comment

Geopolitics, oil and power in the Persian Gulf: Then and Now Special

Understanding history is crucial for understanding the present. Especially whereby our understanding of the Iran situation is concerned. To understand how this situation came about it is crucial to understand the history which shaped it.
Digital Journal Report by Paul Iddon - 1 comment

A Kurdistani from Halabja Special

The present ongoing crisis in Iraq has seen to the Iraqi Kurds assert their dominance in their region and even presented them with a chance for independence. But how much do we in fact know about the Kurds and their dreams of statehood?
Digital Journal Report by Paul Iddon - 1 comment

Towards Southern Shores: Russia in the Middle East Special

Russia's close support for the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria over the last three years along with its recent annexation of Crimea has led to considerable worry over its intentions and foreign policy. But how much of it do we in fact understand?
Digital Journal Report by Paul Iddon - 2 comments

The Iran Situation Special

Iran has been an essential country to follow in the last few months and years. With ongoing negotiations about its nuclear program and Iran's increasing involvement in the Middle East region this seems truer now than it has been for quite some time.
Digital Journal Report by Paul Iddon - 3 comments

#no2isis social media campaign advocates secular and unified Iraq Special

Many Iraqis and those concerned about Iraq and its future in light of the current threat to the country posed by the rampaging ISIS terror gang have taken to social media sites to show their opposition to ISIS and support of a secular unified Iraq.
Digital Journal Report by Paul Iddon - 1 comment

Iraq's Maliki says he won't resign in return for U.S. air support

Iraq has recently asked the U.S. to provide its military with air support in its battle against the terror group ISIS. Now the Iraqi Prime Minister is rejecting the idea some in Washington are suggesting that he agrees to step down for such support.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Israel strikes targets in Gaza following rocket attack

After a rocket hit a home in the Israeli kibbutz near the Palestinian Gaza Strip the Israeli Air Force launched air strikes on targets in Gaza.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Iraq calls for U.S strikes on ISIS as Iran considers intervening

The Iraqi government has asked the United States to provide its forces with air support against the ISIS forces it is currently combating. Iran's president has also hinted that Iran might militarily intervene in support of the Iraqi government.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

U.S. aid to Egypt to be decreased

U.S. economic aid to Egypt may be brought from $1.3 billion down to $1 billion and may be conditioned by the democratic and human rights situation in the country itself after the Senate Appropriations Committee proposed cutting aid to Egypt by 28%.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 2 comments
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