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

March 22, 2017, 6:03 AM EDT
Nothing has been more helpful to the fundamentalist regime ruling Iran over the past several years than the U.S. policy of “appeasement,” the head of the exiled Iranian opposition movement said this week.
March 22, 2017, 5:56 AM EDT
As Britain followed the United States’ lead in banning the carrying of electronic devices onboard inbound flights from selected airports in Islamic nations, Turkey demanded that it not be lumped together with the other affected countries.
March 21, 2017, 4:36 AM EDT
As the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday held its once-a-session condemnation of Israel, the word “apartheid” featured frequently, as members drew attention to the recent verdict of an obscure U.N. body declaring Israel “guilty of the crime of apartheid.”
March 21, 2017, 4:25 AM EDT
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Monday expressed deep concern about the Trump administration’s proposed foreign aid cuts, warning that reductions in humanitarian and peacekeeping funding could result in destabilization.
March 20, 2017, 4:36 AM EDT
The crisis between Turkey and European countries deepened over the weekend, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan doubling down on Nazi analogies while lashing out at critical governments, and repeating earlier advice to Turks in Europe to have more children “because you are the future of Europe.”
March 20, 2017, 4:21 AM EDT
While President Trump’s weekend Twitter assertion that “Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO” is disputed by experts – and by Berlin – it draws attention to the fact that Germany, like the majority of the 28 members of the alliance, has yet to meet a NATO-agreed commitment to devote two percent of GDP to defense spending.
March 17, 2017, 12:31 AM EDT
Shaken by confirmation that the new administration of its biggest contributor is proposing sweeping reductions to its funding, the United Nations on Thursday warned that “abrupt funding cuts” could harm long-term reform efforts.
March 16, 2017, 11:23 PM EDT
In line with campaign pledges that riled environmental activists and the Obama administration, President Trump is seeking to eliminate funding for global climate programs including the Green Climate Fund, which the White House on Thursday described as “a waste of your money.”
March 16, 2017, 9:35 AM EDT
Former Sen. Joe Lieberman supported Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, but on Wednesday, he called the shift from President Obama to President Trump “enormously significant and hopeful” when it comes to Iran.
March 16, 2017, 4:24 AM EDT
On the day that the Syrian civil war entered its seventh year, a United Nations body focusing on the Arab world launched a report in neighboring Lebanon charging that Israel is “guilty of the crime of apartheid” in its dealings with the Palestinians.
March 15, 2017, 4:46 AM EDT
At least 64 Americans have been killed in Palestinian terror attacks since 1993, but U.S. authorities up until now have never prosecuted any of the perpetrators in U.S. courts.  
March 15, 2017, 4:40 AM EDT
Almost 16 years later, the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday unsealed an indictment and warrant for the arrest of Ahlam Aref Ahmad al-Tamimi, now 37 years old, who has expressed no remorse for her action. On the contrary, she has boasted publicly that “Allah granted me success” in the attack.
March 14, 2017, 4:42 AM EDT
With the Trump administration looking at ways to reduce U.S. contributions to the United Nations, the approximately $2.4 billion of taxpayers’ money that goes towards peacekeeping missions each year is in the spotlight.
March 14, 2017, 4:00 AM EDT
Amid an ongoing row over Turkish propaganda rallies in European countries, a Turkish party leader is urging ethnic Turks to turn out in large numbers in Wednesday’s elections in the Netherlands, to send a message to those parties that “insult the Turkish nation.”
March 13, 2017, 4:45 AM EDT
A draft U.N. General Assembly “resolution” circulating on social media at the weekend called for some of the world’s most severe human rights abusers to be removed from top U.N. agencies such as the U.N. Human Rights Council.
March 13, 2017, 4:24 AM EDT
In one of the worst diplomatic rows between NATO allies in decades, Turkey’s Islamist president has compared the Dutch government to Nazis after it prevented two Turkish ministers from addressing rallies in the Netherlands in support of the Turkish leader’s attempts to significantly expand his powers.
March 10, 2017, 4:26 AM EST
Israel to Putin: We Can’t Let Iranian-Backed Shi’a Terrorism Replace Sunni Terrorism in Syria
March 10, 2017, 4:15 AM EST
Iran’s provocations in the Persian Gulf and fresh ballistic missile tests indicate that the regime is testing the Trump administration and watching carefully to see whether and how it responds, policy analysts say.
March 9, 2017, 4:29 AM EST
Addressing the world’s largest travel trade fair in Berlin this week, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Taleb Rifai said that promoting safe travel “does not mean stigmatizing, oppressing or excluding communities and minorities, by building walls or banning people from travelling, which is bending to what terrorists want – to end a free world.”
March 9, 2017, 4:23 AM EST
In fresh criticism of President Trump, the top United Nations human rights official on Wednesday condemned the “vilification of entire groups such as Mexicans and Muslims” in the U.S. and accused the president of trying to “intimidate or undermine journalists and judges.”