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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March 28, 2017, 4:30 AM EDT
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Monday that by putting countries there “on notice,” and by “actually act[ing] on what we say,” the new administration is working on changing the culture at the world body, and demonstrating that “we can do a lot.”
March 28, 2017, 4:21 AM EDT
A left-wing Swiss sociologist who advises the U.N. Human Rights Council predicts that President Trump will not serve a full term, saying that his tenure will be cut short either by psychiatric problems or insurmountable pressure.
March 27, 2017, 4:46 AM EDT
The deepening ties between Russia and Iran makes U.S.-Russia counter-terror cooperation “difficult if not impossible,” since Iran remains the world’s foremost sponsor of terrorism, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton said Sunday.
March 27, 2017, 4:15 AM EDT
A Pakistani terrorist killed by a U.S. missile fired from a drone over Afghanistan last week was blamed for attacks including a bombing during the George W. Bush administration that killed at least 53 people, including a U.S. sailor and airman.
March 24, 2017, 4:32 AM EDT
President Trump’s Persian new year (Nowruz) message this week drew comparisons with his predecessor’s statements over the previous eight years, with the New York Times commenting that Trump’s greetings ignored the Iranian government and did not use the formal term Islamic Republic of Iran, “as Mr. Obama did.”
March 24, 2017, 4:23 AM EDT
President Trump’s executive orders pausing immigration from six countries and proposing wall along the southern border attracted criticism Thursday from an unusual source – North Korea’s Kim Jong-un regime.
March 23, 2017, 4:25 AM EDT
Rice’s role in disseminating the White House talking points on television drew strong and sustained criticism on Capitol Hill, and may well have cost her the chance of succeeding Clinton as secretary of state.
March 23, 2017, 4:17 AM EDT
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that many ISIS terrorists are not attracted to the terrorist group because of impoverished backgrounds, but by “a radical and false utopian vision that purports to be based upon the Qur’an.”
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.