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) – Are moves by the Palestinian Authority to regulate the operations of non-governmental organizations the sign of responsible government – or of attempts to muzzle critics, and in particular, human rights monitors? The issue has raised a dilemma for Palestinian human rights groups. To resist would fly in the face of their stated goal of promoting and upholding the rule of law, they say; to comply may restrict their ability to expose rights violations by the self-rule authority.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - It's been described as a long, drawn-out rollercoaster ride, and with just days remaining until he has to present his government, Israeli Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak looks once again to be heading for a narrow, center-left coalition.Barak is currently heading for a coalition of eight parties comprising 66 members in the 120-seat parliament, unless he can reach agreements with the second and third largest political forces - the nationalist Likud, and the ultra-Orthodox Shas party.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Eight days after the District of Columbia banned smoking in public areas, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday announced a ban of her own in the one remaining part of the House of Representatives where smoking has been allowed."The days of smoke-filled rooms in the United States Capitol are over," Pelosi's office said in a statement, citing health risks linked to passive smoking.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - China's well-known determination to deny Tibet and Taiwan international legitimacy has impacted millions of people over the past half-century, but for one young woman, Beijing's policy has spoiled a simple, personal dream.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Some of Australia's leading bio-scientists are taking a closer look at a new, ethically acceptable stem cell research route that avoids the use of human embryos in the search for possible cures for degenerative diseases. While not yet convinced that the "exciting" new method is as promising as using embryonic stem cells, they are studying the relative merits of the two approaches.
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
(CNSNews.com) - Greeting card companies may not - yet - offer products to send to someone after an abortion, but a California-based organization that offers a "non-judgmental" talk line service for women in that position are hoping to fill the gap in the market."Do you know someone who's had an abortion?" the group, Exhale, asks on its website. "Are you having trouble knowing what to say? Do you want to let them know you care? Send them an e-card."
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
(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) - (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) - 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) - 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.