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Paul Iddon

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


Op-Ed: Summing up the nature of the new Anglo-American missions in Iraq

Britain's Defense Minister, Michael Fallon, recently announced that Britain will be involved in the campaign against Islamic State in Iraq that may last a few months. What kind of operational role will it, along with the U.S., likely be undertaking?
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Op-Ed: Assad picks an apt moment to place IS in his crosshairs

Now that the international community is taking action to help Iraq defeat the Islamic State threat to its existence the Syrian regime is simultaneously delegating more of its stretched resources to fighting Islamic State forces in Syria.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Moment of truth on Mount Sinjar

The humanitarian and military intervention in Northern Iraq to save the Yazidi community is still underway. Its success should be of paramount concern and importance.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Op-Ed: The prospect of a U.N mandate on Palestine

A recently disclosed Israeli foreign ministry document presents us with an appropriate time to ponder the feasibility, not to mention the possibility, of a two-state solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 2 comments

Op-Ed: The Islamic State may inadvertently help unify Iraq

The devastating and destabilizing assault carried out against the Iraqi state may actually serve to make it more unified, resilient and stronger than before as the Kurds and the army prepare a counter-offensive together.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Op-Ed: U.S. airpower alone won't alleviate threat to Iraq

It will however help hamper Islamic State from advancing and consolidating gains in areas of Northern Iraq presently under its control and is therefore highly necessary.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 5 comments

A Stalingrad-esque showdown coming to Iraqi Kurdistan's capital?

After displacing tens-of-thousands of Iraqi Christians and Yazidis the Islamic State group appears poised to strike Iraqi Kurdistan's autonomous capital Erbil.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Op-Ed: Drawing a line in the dirt in Iraq

The horrendous assault on Iraq's civil society should not stand if the basic tenets of law and human rights are to stand.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 1 comment

Op-Ed: First they came for the Christians and Yazidi's

We should not only care about the plight of the Yazidi community in Northern Iraq, we should be doing our utmost to ensure it does not perish.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 1 comment

Op-Ed: The Kurds are on the front-line in the fight against Islamists

With the black flag of the Islamic State having just been flown over the town of Sinjar and the displacement of thousands more Iraqis in the north we're once again reminded of the threat posed by a strong invigorated ISIS.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Op-Ed: The Islamic States' Achilles heel

The recent ban by the United Nations on oil from areas the Islamic State control in Iraq and Syria is hopefully the first step towards setting back that groups gains.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Op-Ed: The Egyptian Connection

In light of recent speculation about plans in Turkey to send another IHH (Humanitarian Relief Foundation) flotilla to the Gaza Strip one sees an apt opportunity to reevaluate the disastrous Mavi Marmara raid of 2010.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

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 - 4 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
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