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) - 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, 8:05 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
(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) - 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
(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
(CNSNews.com) - Dutch activists saw their dream of offering abortions at sea founder this week, when a judge refused to allow them to operate their controversial floating abortion clinic in international waters.In the latest setback to abortion doctor Rebecca Gomperts and her Women on Waves Foundation, a court rejected their application to suspend temporarily a health ministry order which limits the group to carrying out abortions within a 25 kilometer radius of an Amsterdam hospital.
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.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New developments in the field of embryonic stem cell research do not necessarily overcome ethical and moral concerns, some pro-lifers and ethicists are warning.Two papers published in the scientific journal Nature suggest that researchers at two institutions in Massachusetts have managed to sidestep ethical hazards by finding that it may be possible to obtain embryonic stems cells without killing the embryos.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - An opinion poll in New Zealand has found substantial support for parents' right to know if their underage daughter wants to have an abortion. The poll sends a strong signal to a liberal government that critics accuse of pursuing a politically-correct agenda.A proposed piece of legislation called the Care of Children Bill entrenches an existing situation that allows girls of any age to have an abortion without their parents' knowledge or consent.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A leading British medical journal has published an editorial warning against the "hype" surrounding recent advances in stem cell research. The editorial notes that at a recent public debate in London, experts predicted that safe and effective treatments for diseases were at least a decade away.The Lancet's warning is the latest attempt by medical experts -- including many who support embryonic stem cell (ESC) research -- to dampen what they say are unrealistic expectations that stem cells will soon provide cure a range of diseases.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The world's biggest "breakthrough" in embryonic stem cell research is in doubt after South Korean cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk, having already admitted unethical research practices, reportedly confessed faking key parts of his data.The revelation Thursday has stunned Korea, where Hwang is treated as a national hero for becoming the first scientist anywhere to have allegedly cloned a human embryo, harvested it for stem cells and then created new stem cells lines matching the DNA of patients with diseases or spinal cord injury.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - An Australian Christian is pressing on with a legal campaign against the use of the name of Jesus Christ as an expletive on television, undeterred by a national broadcasting watchdog's decision to dismiss his complaints.The case is likely to be closely watched by committed Christians in Australia and further afield, whom Andre van der Linden argues make up the most denigrated sector of society today.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The specter of a baby being born with DNA from two men has edged a little closer, with news from a scientific conference in Europe that embryonic stem calls can be manipulated in a lab to form the precursors of sperm and eggs.In theory, the finding means that in the future a child could be created using the genes of two homosexuals - the sperm of one, and an egg engineered from the stem cells of the other.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As a probe gets underway in South Korea into claims of fraud in "landmark" human embryonic cloning research, an ethicist opposed to the controversial work argued Monday that the entire field is characterized by deceit.At the same time, others argue that the only way to prevent a recurrence of the unraveling Korean scandal is for the U.S. government to change tack on funding embryonic stem cell research.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - There are growing signs that the issue of abortion may be returning to the political agenda in Australia, where the main parties have long treated the subject as a matter of conscience for individual lawmakers.Two senior members of Prime Minister John Howard's newly re-elected government have in recent days raised the subject of Australia's abortion rate, one of the highest in the world.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In the space of two days, the number of countries where homosexuals are legally entitled to "marry" has doubled, prompting celebrations from activists who believe each victory for them adds momentum to their cause.Canada's parliament on Tuesday approved legislation granting legal marriage equality to same-sex couples, and Spanish lawmakers on Thursday passed a similar law, dropping all distinctions between same-sex and heterosexual couples, including the right to adopt children.