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.

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September 3, 2015, 8:16 PM EDT
A Twitter feed linked to Iran’s supreme leader quoted him as saying in a speech Thursday that Iran was “not like some retarded countries” which Western nations can speak about any way they choose – but the message was later deleted.
September 3, 2015, 4:51 AM EDT
On the day President Obama secured enough Senate support to uphold his planned veto of a resolution rejecting the Iran nuclear agreement, dozens of security experts, including top nuclear and arms verification specialists, urged him Wednesday not to veto the measure.
September 3, 2015, 4:40 AM EDT
More than a dozen of the 34 Democratic senators who have declared their support for the Iran nuclear agreement cited arguments by America’s five negotiating partners that there would be no better deal forthcoming if the U.S. rejects this one.
September 2, 2015, 4:12 AM EDT
Emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server, released by the State Department this week, include one from a Planned Parenthood executive urging her to speak out against a move in Kenya to include in its new constitution language asserting that “life begins at conception.”
September 1, 2015, 8:16 PM EDT
If Congress as expected votes after Labor Day to disapprove the Iran nuclear agreement, President Obama will almost certainly be able to veto the resolution safe in the knowledge that his action will not be overturned.
September 1, 2015, 4:18 AM EDT
The latest tranche of some 7,434 emails sent and received on Clinton’s private server, released by the State Department Monday night in line with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, include many between her and Blumenthal,where he shares his caustic views of many Republicans and others.
August 31, 2015, 10:50 PM EDT
Some policy positions of the anti-war socialist who aspires to be Britain’s next prime minister have long raised eyebrows, but the emergence of a video clip in which Jeremy Corbyn calls the killing of Osama bin Laden a “tragedy” is stoking fresh controversy.
August 31, 2015, 4:27 AM EDT
The Republican lawmaker sponsoring a resolution to disapprove the administration’s Iran nuclear agreement said at the weekend it was a “deeply flawed” deal that “makes the world less safe.”
August 31, 2015, 4:19 AM EDT
As President Obama prepares to become the first sitting president to travel north of the Arctic Circle this week, the administration’s concerns revolve largely around climate change.
August 28, 2015, 4:35 AM EDT
A new International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report says there are signs of new construction work at Iran’s controversial Parchin military complex, but State Department spokesman John Kirby said Thursday that the base is “a conventional military site, not a nuclear site,” and as such there would be no restrictions on new construction there.
August 28, 2015, 4:19 AM EDT
Days before the U.S. Congress votes on the administration’s Iran nuclear agreement, Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are scheduled to appear at a mass rally opposing the deal on Capitol Hill, organizers said Thursday.
August 27, 2015, 4:46 AM EDT
The reported arrest of the key suspect in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, in which 19 U.S. military personnel were killed, is renewing attention on Iran’s suspected role in the attack, at a time when the Obama administration is seeking congressional and public support for its nuclear agreement with Tehran.
August 27, 2015, 4:09 AM EDT
The Palestinian Authority’s ongoing campaign to extend its international standing hit an unexpected snag this week when the Vatican dissociated itself from a P.A. initiative to have the “State of Palestine” and Holy See flags fly at U.N. headquarters next month.
August 26, 2015, 5:21 AM EDT
The State Department said Tuesday the administration will respect a judge’s ruling requiring the Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority to post $10 million in bond or cash pending their appeals of a verdict awarding hundreds of millions of dollars to families of U.S. victims of Palestinian terrorism.
August 26, 2015, 5:00 AM EDT
Announcements of support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) took the number of its Democratic supporters in the Senate to 29.
August 26, 2015, 4:42 AM EDT
U.S. taxpayers already account for 25 percent of the IAEA’s regular budget.
August 26, 2015, 4:12 AM EDT
The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog declared Tuesday that his agency would carry out robust verification of the Iran nuclear deal, and he defended its plan to investigate Iran’s past actions. 
August 24, 2015, 4:27 AM EDT
North Korea ratcheted up tensions with its U.S.-backed neighbor on Monday, moving special forces on amphibious landing craft closer to the frontline, one day after reports that most of its submarines had been forward deployed.
August 24, 2015, 4:25 AM EDT
Iran reaffirmed at the weekend that it will scorn any international attempts to restrain its missile program, unveiling a new missile and announcing it will soon hold large-scale ballistic missile war-games.
August 21, 2015, 4:40 AM EDT
Former President Jimmy Carter gave a gloomy assessment Thursday of the prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, describing them as “more dismal than any time I can remember in the last 50 years” and laying the blame at the door of the Israeli government.