Patrick covered government and politics in South Africa and the Middle East before joining CNSNews.com in 1999. Since then he has launched foreign bureaus for CNSNews.com 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 CNSNews.com's roster of international stringers.

My Articles

July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - Iran has vociferously denied a report saying President Mohammed Khatami was seeking ways to improve relations with archenemy Israel, but some analysts believe the report to be true, and leaked purposely by the Israelis to send a warning to extremists in Tehran.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak may seek to reverse the stance held by a string of predecessors and seeking rapprochement with Iran, according to reports in Israel.A leading Hebrew-language newspaper reports that his government may downgrade its definition of Iran from "enemy" to "threat," and during his forthcoming trip to Washington, Barak is expected to raise with administration officials the possibility of co-ordinated Israeli-U.S. diplomatic moves to engage Iranian President Mohammed Khatami.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Declaring themselves "saddened" by the U.S. Episcopal Church's stance on homosexuality, conservative leaders in Africa appeared Thursday to be preparing for a rupture in one of the world's largest Christian denominations.At its General Convention in Columbus, Ohio, which ended on Wednesday, the Episcopal Church (ECUSA) passed a compromise resolution on homosexual ordination, satisfying neither liberals nor conservatives.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Muslims and Christians believe in the same God -- despite differences over the nature of Jesus Christ -- and they should focus on "the common essentials of our two religions" for the sake of world peace, 138 Islamic representatives said in an open letter addressed to Christian leaders."As Muslims, we say to Christians that we are not against them and that Islam is not against them -- so long as they do not wage war against Muslims on account of their religion, oppress them and drive them out of their homes," they said.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An Islamic initiative to establish an international convention against the "defamation" of religions ran into an unexpected hurdle this week in Saudi Arabia, where members of a government advisory body argued that the move could force Muslims to recognize pagan beliefs.The drive to outlaw offenses against religions and religious figures is being spearheaded by the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) as a response to Western depictions of Islam and Mohammed in ways that Muslims consider insulting.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) – President Clinton is reportedly on the verge of invoking a waiver to delay moving the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, despite an appeal by senior senators several days ago that he not do so.Assistant Secretary of State Martin Indyk told a congressional committee hearing Tuesday that Clinton was expected to exercise the waiver, so as not to jeopardize the Israeli-Palestinian peace process sponsored by the US
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - The latest twist in drawn-out Israeli coalition talks has seen Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak reach out once again to the Likud, a move that could result in a stabler - and more conservative - government.After several weeks of courting the ultra-Orthodox Shas party - the third largest elected to the Israeli Knesset - Barak offered the Likud's caretaker leader, Ariel Sharon, the finance ministry, in return for his party joining the coalition.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A new study on homosexuality is being used to back up the contention that sexual orientation is determined in the womb and not by sociological factors.North American researchers say a study of almost 1,000 Canadian men found a link between homosexuality and the number of older brothers a man has. Such an association has been reported before, but in the past left open the possibility that both biological or sociological factors may play a role.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - One of the world's most highly regarded scientists was suspended late Thursday by his New York research institution amid a row in Britain over reported comments that blacks are less intelligent than whites.Dr. James Watson, who won a Nobel Prize for the discovery of the structure of DNA, holds controversial views on subjects such as genetic modification, aborting babies with abnormalities -- and even allowing infants born with "defects" to die.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After weeks of rumbling rebellion over his refusal to allow Labor lawmakers a free vote on a highly controversial human embryo research bill, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown backtracked on Tuesday, but he won little praise for the concession.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) – President Clinton is reportedly on the verge of invoking a waiver to delay moving the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, despite an appeal by senior senators several days ago that he not do so.Assistant Secretary of State Martin Indyk told a congressional committee hearing Tuesday that Clinton was expected to exercise the waiver, so as not to jeopardize the Israeli-Palestinian peace process sponsored by the U.S.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will in a forthcoming book accuse President Clinton of reneging on an unambiguous promise late last year to free convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, in return for Israeli participation in Washington-sponsored peace talks with the Palestinians.Netanyahu will claim that, when Clinton asked him at the White House in September to attend a session of intensive negotiations with the Palestinians in rural Maryland the following month, Netanyahu had agreed on one condition.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The head of the worldwide Anglican Church has laid out a proposal aimed at keeping the fractious denomination together by means of a two-tier structure of conservatives and liberals, but a leading conservative archbishop says the church is already divided.This week, several U.S. dioceses began a process of withdrawing from Anglicanism's liberal American branch, the Episcopal Church (ECUSA).
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The specter of "defamation of religion" reared its head at the United Nations again Wednesday, as member states discussed progress in preparations for a global conference on racism, planned for 2009.U.N. racism expert Doudou Diene told a General Assembly committee meeting that among the "significant trends in contemporary forms of racism" was "the general increase in the defamation of religions and incitement to racial and religious hatred."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The government of the world's most populous Islamic state says YouTube has two days to take down a Dutch lawmaker's provocative film on the Koran or it will block access to the popular video-sharing Web site.The warning by Indonesia came as the U.N.'s primary human rights watchdog ended a month-long session amid allegations by Western member-states and non-governmental organizations that Islamic nations are working to curtail free speech.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNS) – NATO was still waiting midmorning Thursday for signs that Serb troops were being pulled out of Kosovo, the first in a series of moves that will see the bombing stop and peacekeeping troops enter, possibly within hours.UN Security Council members were standing by to adopt a resolution to implement the peace plan signed in Macedonia late Wednesday by NATO and Serb representatives.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - In a move reminiscent of the frosty relations of earlier decades, Arab delegates at the United Nations this week refused to sit down with Israelis to discuss ways of handling the Y2K problem.Ironically, Israel is a lot better prepared to cope with the potential crisis than are Arab countries, and could help its neighbors in this regard, Israeli diplomats told CNSNews.com Thursday.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - "Xenophobia, the hidden costs of war and the nature of civil liberties in a hyper-media age all come under the microscope" in a controversial movie depicting the fictional assassination of President Bush.So says Noah Cowan, director of the Toronto Film Festival, where the British-made movie will premier on Sept. 10.On the festival's website, Cowan describes the movie as "easily the most dangerous and breathtakingly original film I have encountered this year."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A decision by cloning pioneer Ian Wilmut to abandon human embryo experimentation in favor of research that does not involve the creation and destruction of cloned embryos may help to undermine the campaign for the controversial work.Opponents who have long advocated for ethical alternatives in the search for medical treatments hope that the radical shift by the prominent scientist will further their cause.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Typing the search term "Arabian Gulf" into the Internet search engine Google brings up a list of results topped by a link to what looks like a standard "page unavailable" error message.But it isn't an error message. Instead, the Web page says, "The gulf you are looking for is unavailable. No body of water by that name has ever existed. The correct name is Persian Gulf, which always has been, and will always remain, Persian."