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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February 3, 2016, 4:25 AM EST
President Obama and members of his administration frequently state that there is nothing Islamic about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday went further, labeling the Sunni terrorist group “apostates.”
February 2, 2016, 4:38 AM EST
Accusing the Obama administration of a new “effort to put daylight between the United States and Israel,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Monday introduced legislation aimed at annulling what he called a “nonsensical” directive on labeling goods produced in the territories disputed between Israel and the Palestinians.
February 2, 2016, 4:23 AM EST
The head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy said Monday that if the U.S. seeks to humiliate Iran, the IRGC would release footage filmed when it detained 10 U.S. sailors and two patrol boats overnight last month that was much more embarrassing than images released earlier.
February 1, 2016, 6:35 PM EST
Iran now has access to more than $100 billion in formerly frozen assets that has been “fully” released as a result of the nuclear deal, regime spokesman Mohammad-Baqer Nobakht has claimed in an interview with state-owned television.
February 1, 2016, 4:30 AM EST
A trio of U.N. human rights experts ended a fact-finding visit to the United States Friday with a sharp critique of the conditions faced by African-Americans today, and decried the fact that “there has been no real commitment to recognition and reparations” for slavery.
February 1, 2016, 4:17 AM EST
Five hundred and fifty Syrian refugees have been admitted into the United States since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) carried out terrorist attacks in Paris last November, and of those, two (0.3 percent) are Christians.
January 31, 2016, 5:28 PM EST
More than two weeks after Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) personnel detained 10 U.S. Navy sailors overnight in the Persian Gulf supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday awarded medals to the men involved.
January 29, 2016, 4:19 AM EST
A U.S. Navy warship that Iran claims to have chased away from a naval exercise in the Persian Gulf this week was at the time more than 7,000 miles away – in its homeport of Norfolk, Virginia.
January 29, 2016, 12:26 AM EST
There was little new or unexpected on foreign policy in Thursday night’s Trump-less GOP presidential debate, but the two candidates who vied for the most talk time, Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, both argued strongly for the need to rebuild a shrinking U.S. military in order to defeat ISIS.
January 28, 2016, 6:47 PM EST
Thousands of Iranians and others demonstrated in Paris Thursday to protest a visit by Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, angered by the warm reception given to the leader of a regime that suppresses dissent and carries out more executions than any country other than China.
January 28, 2016, 4:26 AM EST
State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Wednesday Syrian rebel groups should not set “preconditions” to attending peace talks due to begin in Geneva on Friday – but he did not criticize Turkey’s demand that a significant Syrian Kurdish group not be invited.
January 27, 2016, 6:13 PM EST
As the world on Wednesday marked the Nazis’ systematic killing of six million Jews during World War II an official Iranian website linked to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei posted a video quoting the supreme leader’s questioning of the Holocaust.
January 27, 2016, 4:20 AM EST
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani is receiving red carpet treatment on a trip to Europe, but when he visits the U.N. cultural agency’s headquarters in Paris on Wednesday – Holocaust Memorial Day – its director plans to confront him on Iran’s hosting of Holocaust cartoon contests.
January 27, 2016, 4:11 AM EST
Italian opposition politicians have lashed out at a decision to cover up classical statues ahead of a visit by Iranian President Hasan Rouhani to a world-famous Roman museum, for fear of offending his Muslim sensibilities.
January 26, 2016, 4:24 AM EST
Hillary Clinton said Monday night she was “very proud” of her record as secretary of state, citing as an example her leadership in bringing world pressure to bear on Iran to negotiate over its nuclear program.
January 25, 2016, 7:52 PM EST
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday he still likes the ideas of theoretical communism “very much,” and recalled that unlike many others he had not publicly destroyed his Communist Party membership card, but still keeps it at home.
January 25, 2016, 3:43 AM EST
With a rapidly approaching deadline for the start of eagerly awaited Syria peace talks, key players appear as divided as ever over who should be allowed to participate, while Secretary of State John Kerry stands accused of embracing positions long held by Iran and Russia.
January 25, 2016, 3:24 AM EST
The United States has admitted 526 Syrian refugees since Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) terrorists attacked Paris last November, and just one (less than 0.2 percent) is a Christian.
January 24, 2016, 3:48 PM EST
“An act of God” was responsible for U.S. Navy sailors entering Iranian waters, leading to their arrest at gunpoint, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday told Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) members who detained the Americans.
January 22, 2016, 4:25 AM EST
Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday he has asked his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, for “whatever help” he could give in tracking down three American contractors who disappeared in the Iraqi capital last week.