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) – Germany's issue of an international warrant for the arrest of the Palestinian planner of the 1972 Munich Olympics attack has focused attention on the moral and legal implications of Israel's decision six years ago to amnesty PLO members involved in terror.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - Kurdish rebel leader Abdallah Ocalan was sentenced to death by a Turkish court Tuesday for his leading role in a 14-year-long separatist struggle that has cost more than 29,000 lives.State television showed Turks in the courtroom on the Imrali prison-island off the Turkish coast breaking into song after hearing that Ocalan had been found guilty of treason and murder. Among them were family members of soldiers killed during the armed campaign.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Adds reaction from British Airways and Green Party)(CNSNews.com) - British airlines reacted with derision Thursday to a left-leaning think tank's recommendation that the U.K. government introduce tobacco-style "health warnings" on air travel advertising and at airports -- to draw attention to aviation's alleged impact on the earth's climate in a bid to tackle travelers' "addiction to flying."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A bloc of Islamic nations will decide at a summit next March whether to go ahead with a project to build an "Islamic car" for the Muslim market, with Iran's largest automaker at the helm.If the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) approves, the car should be available by 2011, the official Iran Daily quoted the managing director of state-owned Iran Khodro, Manouchehr Manteghi, as saying Wednesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) – Clinton administration officials actively played a role in the defeat last month of Binyamin Netanyahu, a senior advisor to the outgoing Israeli prime minister has charged.The allegation by David Bar-Ilan, in an article written for the June 14 edition of National Review magazine, backs up those made consistently by Jerusalem officials speaking unattributably during the campaign.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) – In 1996, a moist-eyed President Bill Clinton vowed at the Jerusalem graveside of a slain Israeli-American soldier that he would not pressure Israel to pursue the peace process with the Palestinians until the man responsible for the murder was brought to justice.Only four other people were there to hear the promise. One was Esther Wachsman, the mother of 19-year-old Nachson, whose 1994 kidnapping and murder at the hand of Islamist Palestinian gunmen stunned the nation.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - The Palestinian Authority must take profound and urgent steps to make its institutions more democratic and more effective, or face loss of public support, an independent taskforce of American and European experts has advised.Palestinian commentators have welcomed the contents of a 150-page report published by the Council of Foreign Relations-sponsored group this week, but say to make a real difference, it must be taken seriously by the PA.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A federal appeals court will hear arguments Wednesday in a potentially groundbreaking case that -- for the first time, according to attorneys -- addresses the question of whether an abortion terminates a human being's life.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in St. Louis will consider a 2005 South Dakota law that requires abortionists to tell women that their abortion will terminate the life of a living human being.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - (Editor's note: adds comment from lobby group, advertising standards authority)(CNSNews.com) - In a new effort to raise awareness about the sexualization of children in the media and marketplace, a senior Australian churchman has turned to the popular online video-sharing site YouTube to decry the issue and call for a national inquiry.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) – Leaving abandoned equipment and nervous residents behind them, members of the Israeli-allied South Lebanese Army completed their withdrawal from a Christian enclave early Thursday, shaken by another two deaths at the hands of Hizb'Allah militiamen.Lebanese police set up a roadblock shortly after the last SLA men and their families left the area after midnight. Lebanese radio said internal security forces entered the town after the SLA departure.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNS) – European countries still reeling from a scare involving cancer-causing dioxin in dairy and meat products have been hit by a potentially more costly problem, this one involving the world's most popular soft drink, and one of America's most instantly recognizable brand names.Crates of Coke and other Coca-Cola have been removed from stores in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and now France, after several hundred consumers experienced nausea, headaches and stomach cramps.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - The Palestinian Authority has banned Arabs from working on Jewish communities in disputed territories, in a decision that will affect tens of thousands of Palestinians who depend on breadwinners working in industry, construction and agriculture.The PA regards the settlements - home to some 180,000 Israelis - as one of the most serious barriers to the establishment of a future independent state.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Amnesty International is holding a high-level meeting in Mexico City, and some of its supporters hope the gathering may overturn a recent controversial decision by the human rights group to drop its neutral stance on abortion.The Vatican and Catholic bishops in several countries have warned that if Amnesty International sticks with the change, Catholics will be urged to withdraw support for the organization.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Benazir Bhutto, the first woman ever elected to lead a Muslim nation, angered fundamentalists who viewed a high-profile female politician as anti-Islamic.She also was increasingly outspoken against "extremists, terrorists and fanatics," as she described them at an election rally early this week.The two-term former prime minister was to be buried Friday in her hometown, Lakarna, a day after she was assassinated while campaigning ahead of parliamentary elections next month.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) – In the biggest challenge yet for incoming Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, the Palestinian Authority Thursday launched three "days of anger" against "settlements," or Jewish communities on disputed land.Rioting flared in Gaza, with demonstrators hurling rocks at Israeli troops, who broke up the protest, an army spokesman told CNS. Two soldiers were hurt by rocks there, and another in a separate incident involving some 300 protestors in northern Samaria. Several Palestinians were reported to have been injured during the clashes.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) – The decision by a leading Jewish women's organization to bestow its highest award on Hillary Rodham Clinton has caused a stir among some life members, who say it represents an endorsement both of her allegedly unfriendly stance toward Israel, and her senatorial ambitions.Hadassah has announced it is to present the First Lady with its Henrietta Szold award at its 85th national convention in Washington D.C. on July 25, in recognition of her commitment to health and human rights issues.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - The two issues of most serious current concern to human rights groups monitoring Egypt are unlikely to be brought up in talks between President Hosni Mubarak and the Clinton administration, according to Washington's senior Middle East diplomat.The reported persecution of Egypt's Coptic Christian minority and a recent law restricting the activities of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have disturbed human rights groups, as well as some congressmen.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Amnesty International has gone ahead with a decision to move away from a neutral stance on abortion, a step that will likely prompt Catholics and other pro-lifers to withdraw support for the human rights group's work around the world.The decision was taken at a top-level, closed meeting in Mexico City, and confirmation appeared in a statement posted on the group's website late last week.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Dutch lawmaker who caused a stir last year with calls to ban the Koran in his country is again under fire, this time for making a film criticizing Islam's most revered text.Geert Wilders announced late last year that his aim in making the short movie was to show that the Koran was not some "old dusty book" but the inspiration in many parts of the world for "intolerance, murder and terror."He said at the time that it would appear in late January; however, the release has been delayed by several weeks.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNS) – Readers of official Chinese media Friday would be hard put to find a single reference to the fact it is the tenth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square clampdown, an event that cost an estimated 5,000 lives, and plunged Sino-West relations to their lowest point in decades.The Beijing Daily made no mention of the anniversary. Its front page was dedicated to the restoration of Tiananmen Square – "a wonder of the world" – for the country's 50th anniversary celebrations planned for October 1.