Patrick covered government and politics in South Africa and the Middle East before joining in 1999. Since then he has launched foreign bureaus for in Jerusalem, London and the Pacific Rim. From October 2006 to July 2007, Patrick served as Managing Editor at the organization's world headquarters in Alexandria, Va. Now back in the Pacific Rim, as International Editor he reports on politics, international relations, security, terrorism, ethics and religion, and oversees reporting by's roster of international stringers.

My Articles

February 23, 2017, 4:28 AM EST
As Israel’s government senses emerging, historic opportunities for understandings with former Arab enemies, the regime in Iran – whose regional actions are seen as a key catalyst in that rapprochement – is deeply troubled by the prospect.
February 23, 2017, 4:22 AM EST
At a time when the Trump administration is considering designating the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization, the regime this week brazenly hosted leaders from at least five FTOs at a quadrennial event celebrating terrorism against Israel.
February 22, 2017, 4:24 PM EST
A leading human rights group has accused President Trump and other “anti-establishment” politicians of “wield[ing] politics of demonization that hounds, scapegoats and dehumanizes entire groups of people to win the support of voters.”
February 22, 2017, 4:14 AM EST
The Trump administration threw its support unequivocally behind Ukraine Tuesday in that country’s ongoing conflict with Russia, informing the Kremlin that U.S. sanctions will remain in place until Russia ends its occupation of Crimea.
February 21, 2017, 4:27 AM EST
Several United Nations agencies that are among the biggest recipients of U.S. taxpayer dollars have given leadership positions to U.S.-designated state sponsors of terrorism and countries with poor records on human rights and religious freedoms. That funding could be in jeopardy if a draft presidential executive order becomes a reality.
February 21, 2017, 4:17 AM EST
President Trump’s revised immigration executive order will reportedly prohibit entry to most citizens of the same seven Muslim-majority countries as those targeted in the original one, and will also keep in place his cap of 50,000 refugees this year.
February 20, 2017, 4:53 AM EST
The Swedish government said Sunday it looks forward to “informing the U.S. administration about Swedish immigration and integration policies,” after a reference to Sweden in a speech by President Trump left the Scandinavian country bemused.
February 20, 2017, 4:33 AM EST
On the first ever visit by an Israeli prime minister to Australia, Binyamin Netanyahu will this week be met both by heated protests and by the support of one of the world’s most pro-Israel governments.
February 17, 2017, 4:35 AM EST
GOP Lawmakers Want Russia Compelled to Return to Arms-Control Treaty Compliance
February 17, 2017, 4:26 AM EST
Pakistan’s army chief warned there would be “no more restraint” and vowed to avenge the blood of more than 70 people, including dozens of women and children, killed in a suicide bombing in a Sufi shrine in the south of the country on Thursday.
February 16, 2017, 4:28 AM EST
President Trump on Wednesday downplayed a “two-state solution” to the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, a day after the new U.N. secretary-general insisted that there was no alternative if what he called the “mother” of all conflicts across the region was to be resolved.
February 16, 2017, 4:20 AM EST
Sixty percent of the refugees admitted into the United States since a federal judge halted President Trump’s executive order designed to prevent “foreign terrorist entry into the United States” originate from five of the seven countries identified by the administration and its predecessor as most risky.
January 27, 2017, 4:20 AM EST
United Nations staffers have held an unusual protest in Geneva, calling for the resignation of the head of a small but influential U.N. agency dogged by controversy for years. Among other things, he was accused of transferring sensitive U.S.-made computer equipment to North Korea and Iran.
January 26, 2017, 4:28 AM EST
President Trump’s proposed audits of U.S. international funding will reportedly call for a review of development aid to countries that “oppose important United States policies” – a plan that could prove uncomfortable for some of the biggest recipients of U.S. taxpayer dollars.
January 26, 2017, 4:18 AM EST
The United Nations and affiliated agencies, bankrolled by U.S. taxpayers to the tune of $7-$8 billion a year, looks set to be next in President Trump’s crosshairs, as he seeks to rein in an organization whose actions, his ambassador to the world body has charged, are “often at odds with American national interests.”
January 25, 2017, 4:30 AM EST
The largest single contingent, 136-strong, comprises Syrian refugees, according to State Department Refugee Processing Center data. Of those, 132 (97 percent) are Muslims, three are Yazidis and one is a Christian.
January 24, 2017, 4:17 AM EST
The International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International, two major beneficiaries of U.S. funding, indicated Monday they will give up millions of dollars in funding rather than comply with a newly-reinstated policy that prohibits federal funding for organizations that promote or perform abortions around the world.
January 23, 2017, 4:30 AM EST
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday postponed a vote on a bill to extend Israeli sovereignty over a large Jewish town in disputed territory, in an early sign he does not want to blindside the new Trump administration after a troubled relationship with its predecessor.
January 23, 2017, 4:29 AM EST
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday postponed a vote on a bill to extend Israeli sovereignty over a large Jewish town in disputed territory, in an early sign he does not want to blindside the new Trump administration after a troubled relationship with its predecessor.
January 22, 2017, 6:19 PM EST
Pope Francis told Spanish journalists as President Donald Trump was being sworn in that he would “wait and see” what the new president does in office, cautioning against prejudgment.