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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July 22, 2016, 4:00 AM EDT
State Department spokesman John Kirby declined Thursday to say whether Turkey’s post-coup attempt crackdown is excessive, saying he was “not going to litigate from the podium every decision that they’re making.”
July 21, 2016, 4:31 AM EDT
One year since the U.S. re-established diplomatic relations with Cuba and four months since President Obama traveled to Havana, the two sides have yet to hold a dialogue on human rights that was announced during the historic visit.
July 21, 2016, 1:42 AM EDT
Listing terrorist atrocities around the world over “just the past 37 days” since the Orlando attack, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told the Republican National Convention Wednesday night that America was “at war with radical Islamists.”
July 20, 2016, 4:36 AM EDT
When President Obama 15 months ago appeared to concede that under the nuclear deal Iran would, after 13 or so years, be able to build a nuclear bomb relatively quickly if it decided to do so, the State Department asserted that his words had been “a little muddled” and misconstrued.
July 19, 2016, 4:40 AM EDT
A crackdown following the Turkish coup attempt has seen thousands detained or suspended, but the United Nations’ human rights apparatus remains silent even as the Obama administration continues to voice its public support for Turkey’s “democratically elected government.”
July 19, 2016, 4:29 AM EDT
Six months after the Iran nuclear deal began taking effect, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon provided the U.N. Security Council Monday with a report on the implementation of the resolution that endorsed it – and annoyed the U.S. by including in it Iranian complaints about sanctions relief.
July 18, 2016, 4:15 AM EDT
The Obama administration has declared repeatedly that there will be no U.S. “boots on the ground” in Syria, but on Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Congress for showing “absolutely zero willingness” to vote for troops to be deployed.
July 17, 2016, 9:57 PM EDT
Amid a crackdown on soldiers and judges following an abortive weekend coup, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged his supporters Sunday to take to the city’s public squares in the coming days in an ongoing show of solidarity and in opposition to a group led by an influential U.S.-based cleric he accuses of responsibility for the plot to unseat him.
July 14, 2016, 11:12 PM EDT
The tactic of vehicle ramming in terrorist attacks, used to such deadly effect in Nice on Thursday night, has become more prevalent with Islamic jihadists in recent years, actively encouraged in terrorist groups’ online propaganda as a simple yet effective way to kill people.
July 14, 2016, 2:13 AM EDT
Iran Air, which wants to buy U.S.-made aircraft under a deal blessed by the Obama administration, has been sanctioned in the past for nefarious activity in the Middle East – but it has suspected links to North Korea’s illicit ballistic missile program as well.
July 14, 2016, 2:01 AM EDT
If Donald Trump is viewed as often indiscreet in his public statements, the politician named Wednesday as the top diplomat of Washington’s closest transatlantic ally could give him a run for his money.
July 13, 2016, 1:47 AM EDT
The Obama administration will meet its target of settling 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States by the time fiscal year 2016 ends on September 30, Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Tuesday night.
July 13, 2016, 12:08 AM EDT
State Department spokesman John Kirby noted Tuesday that a congressional investigation into a U.S.-funded Israeli NGO found no evidence that the group had used the funds to influence the tightly-contested 2015 Israeli election.
July 12, 2016, 1:35 AM EDT
The United Nations has invited a Black Lives Matter activist to participate in a high-level debate in New York on human rights, with a particular focus on “combatting discrimination and inequalities.”
July 12, 2016, 1:19 AM EDT
State Department spokesman John Kirby on Monday rejected the notion that the further expansion of the U.S. troop footprint in Iraq amounts to “mission creep,” saying that the unchanged mission of the troops deployed there is training, advising and assisting Iraqi forces.
July 11, 2016, 1:35 AM EDT
Under fire in Congress over plans to sell commercial aircraft to Iran, Boeing vice-chairman Ray Conner said Sunday that if the company was prevented from going ahead with the multi-billion dollar deal, then so too should other aircraft manufacturers
July 10, 2016, 11:45 PM EDT
The controversial new president of the Philippines has accused the United States of “importing terrorism” from the Middle East through its policies in the region.
July 8, 2016, 4:29 AM EDT
House Passes Measures Aimed at Shooting Down Boeing-Iran Deal
July 7, 2016, 9:36 PM EDT
Stung by the first-ever imposition of U.S. sanctions against its top leadership including Kim Jong-un, the Stalinist regime in Pyongyang called the move an act of war, threatening “the toughest countermeasures” and warning that the U.S. will rue its “foolish and reckless” deed.
July 7, 2016, 4:18 AM EDT
A Boeing 747 of Iran’s national airline is parked at Mehrabad international airport in Tehran in 2003.