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
(CNS) – As peace in Kosovo inches nearer, media attention is turning to the future of the Milosevic regime, as well as the leadership, and length of engagement of foreign forces in the peacekeeping mission in the war-ravaged province.British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Sunday he could not envisage future negotiations with President Slobodan Milosevic, who was indicted for war crimes relating to charges of atrocities by his troops against Kosovar Albanians.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - Islamic militiamen fired mortar rounds from Southern Lebanon into the Galilee area of northern Israel Sunday night, forcing hundreds of thousands of Israeli residents to heed army instructions and spend the night in bomb shelters.The latest incident occurred as the debate in Israel over the future of Lebanon continues, stimulated by the introduction in Congress of a bill calling on the Clinton Administration to pressure Syria to withdraw its forces from Lebanese soil.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - Ehud Barak became Israel's new prime minister on Tuesday afternoon, and promised simultaneous activity to seek and reach peace with the Palestinians and Syria.In a wide-ranging speech, Barak told the Knesset he would implement the Wye Memorandum negotiated with the Palestinian Authority in Maryland last October, and repeated his intention to evacuate Israeli troops from south Lebanon within one year.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As the battle over marriage gathers momentum in Australia, senior politicians have admonished a local authority in Sydney for allowing council-run daycare centers to expose young children to books depicting same-sex parent families.Defenders of the books say they are merely promoting acceptance and tolerance, but critics see the move as a calculated bid to indoctrinate the youngest children.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In Australia, a lesbian couple is suing a doctor after fertility treatments resulted in the birth of twins rather than a single baby. The court case is provoking strong reaction in the country.On talk radio and in newspaper columns, the two women -- whose names have been ordered withheld by the Supreme Court in Canberra -- are coming under heavy flak, while some same-sex rights advocates say they are getting a raw deal from the public and media.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A leading U.S.-based Internet company says it's ready for any electronic attacks that may come its way for hosting a Web site featuring a provocative short film that is critical of the Koran. The movie, made by a controversial Dutch politician and due for release any time now, has sparked protests in the Islamic world and concerns in Europe.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) – Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak's just-published guidelines for governing Israel include both a commitment not to build new Jewish communities on disputed land, and not to dismantle those already existing.The document states that "until the status of the Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza is determined in the framework of a final peace accord, no new settlements will be established and existing ones will not be harmed."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) – Iran has charged 13 Jews with spying for Israel and the United States, crimes punishable by death in the Islamic republic.The move may be the latest wrangle in a power struggle between reformist and extremist elements in the country, an Iranian specialist told CNS Tuesday.Iranian radio reported that the suspects were living in a Jewish community in the southern Fars province, and were accused of spying for the "Zionist regime" and "World Arrogance," common references to Israel and the U.S. respectively.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - A Christian relief agency which has brought the subject of modern-day slavery in the Sudan to the world's attention is in danger of losing its United Nations accreditation - the result, it believes, of a campaign by the regime whose abuses it has worked to expose."This was a [Sudanese] counter-offensive to try to discredit or hurt our activities," Christian Solidarity International's representative to the UN in Geneva, John Eibner, told CNSNews.com Tuesday. "The action at the UN has to be seen in that context."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - An American Jewish relief organization working among all ethnic groups in the Balkans has asked Kosovar leaders to ensure the Kosovo Liberation Army protects the lives and property of the tiny Jewish community in the war-ravaged province.Acting Kosovo leader Hashim Thaci assured an envoy of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee that he has personally instructed the KLA to do so, JDC executive vice president Michael Schneider told CNSNews.com.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The crisis within the world's 77 million-strong Anglican (Episcopalian) Church over homosexuality goes beyond an issue of human sexuality, to the far deeper questions of the authority of scripture and eternal salvation, a leading conservative bishop has warned.As such, it is a make-or-break issue, and more serious than previous doctrinal disputes within the denomination, he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Europe will mark an anti-death penalty day next week, but it won't be an official European Union initiative. Efforts to involve the E.U. failed when member state Poland refused to go along on the grounds that the death penalty debate ignored broader right-to-life questions.The conservative Polish government's objections ruined the E.U. plan, but another European grouping, the 47-nation Council of Europe (CoE), has decided to push ahead with a "European Day against the Death Penalty" on Oct. 10.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As people around the world marked International Women's Day on Saturday, a women's rights advocate in Saudi Arabia did so by breaching a ban on women driving, and then posting a videoclip on the Internet.Elsewhere in the Wahhabist-ruled kingdom, two low-key events were held to discuss women's issues, while at an annual national heritage festival near the capital, organizers enforced a ban on men and women attending the event on the same day.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes additional comments from the Family Research Council.) (CNSNews.com) - Pro-lifers around the world have welcomed a U.N. declaration calling on member states to ban all human cloning, including the cloning of embryos for scientists to experiment on and then destroy.Although the declaration is non-binding and dissenting governments already have announced their intention to ignore it, supporters of a global ban see it as a significant victory.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An official Chinese newspaper is reporting with some relish that a condom manufacturer in southern China is naming new products after Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky."Can Clinton overtake Trojan Horse?," asks China Daily, noting that the former president is known among the Chinese public for "many things ... including his sexual peccadilloes and promotion of AIDS awareness and prevention."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - Homosexuals and lesbians charge that laws seeking to ban same-sex "marriage" and adoption are discriminatory, but they are themselves responsible for their exclusion from marriage and family, according to an Australian medical ethics campaigner."By its very nature, homosexuality has excluded itself," Dr. David van Gend told a national marriage forum in Canberra this week. "It has stepped outside the circle of life -- the timeless, endless natural circle of male and female, parent and offspring."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As 115 Roman Catholic cardinals prepare to begin the tradition-rich process of choosing a successor to Pope John Paul II, a conservative Australian among them has gently warned against any move in the church to update and improve the message brought by Jesus Christ.Cardinals from Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia begin their conclave in the Sistine Chapel Monday to select the next leader of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Red Cross division in Australia will be forced to defend its refusal to accept blood donations from homosexuals after a statutory anti-discrimination body agreed to take up a legal complaint.Michael Cain wants the state of Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Commission to find that the Australian Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS) acted in a discriminatory manner when it refused to take blood from him because he was a sexually active homosexual.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - A debate over recognizing "civil unions" for same-sex couples in New Zealand has turned ugly, with opponents of the move being likened to hate-groups.Advocates of civil unions -- including the government minister responsible for the legislation -- have sought to link their opponents to extremists by appealing to current public worries about anti-Semitic activity and a planned visit to New Zealand by a controversial historian and Holocaust-skeptic.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - As U.S. lawmakers prepare to debate a bill that would expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, South Korean scientists have announced what supporters will see as the biggest breakthrough yet in the controversial work.For the first time, the researchers say they have produced embryonic stem cells that genetically mirror specific patients whose cells were used to clone early-stage human embryos.