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

My Articles

July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau ( - A small, pro-family organization in Singapore is taking its abstinence message to the Southeast Asian city-state's MTV generation, and it said thousands of 13- to 20-year-olds have pledged to remain virgins until marriage.The group has set its sights even higher, targeting neighboring countries in Asia as well as "the biggie," mainland China itself, Focus on the Family Singapore President Tan Thuan-seng said Tuesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau ( - A woman who knows better than most what Terri Schiavo is going through, says the disabled Florida woman's husband should stop treading in God's territory by seeking her death."I support life over death, human dignity over indifference," says Kate Adamson. "I support the value of each person regardless of that person's disability."Eight years ago, Adamson was lying in a U.S. hospital intensive care unit after a near-fatal brainstem stroke. Doctors described her as being in a "vegetative" state.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau ( - It's not a message you'd expect from a government minister, let alone one whose function is to promote cultural diversity, but a member of the Australian cabinet has urged people in his country to celebrate the Christian meaning of Christmas during this festive season."Many kindergartens, schools and businesses have decided they have to ban things because they might offend others," Multicultural Affairs Minister Gary Hardgrave said in a statement this week. "While well motivated, these people have it completely wrong."
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau ( - An Australian High Court decision has elevated homosexuality to the status of religion and politics when it comes to asylum applications.A Christian organization warned that the ruling would prompt a flood of claims from people who were not refugees but had simply chosen a particular lifestyle.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau ( - Abortion rights activists tried - but failed - to stop a pro-life group from publicizing memos outlining its controversial strategies. The documents are now part of the Congressional Record.The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) reportedly has threatened legal action against the New York-based Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM).
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau ( - A pro-life group wants the world to know about the strategies of an abortion rights group, including the strategy involving children.The New York-based Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) announced last Friday that it had obtained copies of internal memos generated by the Center for Reproductive Rights.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau ( - Australia's leading medical body has urged the government to reverse a decision making the "morning-after pill" available without a doctors' prescription.With effect from Jan. 1, Australian women - and girls as young as 14 - are able to buy the drug Levonorgestrel over the counter from pharmacies, despite strong opposition from some doctors, some pharmacists, and pro-life campaigners.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau ( - A week before Mel Gibson's controversial movie on Jesus' crucifixion reaches public screens, churches in Australia and New Zealand have booked thousands of cinema seats, a Catholic college is offering seminars on issues raised by the movie, and Jewish leaders are watching cautiously.The two countries will be the first in the world to release The Passion on Ash Wednesday, with cinema complexes in New Zealand -- 16 hours ahead of the eastern U.S. -- planning their first public screening at one minute past midnight on Feb. 25.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau ( - An Australian cabinet minister has sparked a debate by calling the country's abortion rate a "national tragedy" and asking why youngsters are discouraged from smoking or driving too fast - but not from having sex.In a political environment where decisions on ethical issues are generally left to individual lawmakers' consciences, politicians from the ruling coalition and official opposition are having their say.Women's' groups and Christian organizations have also waded in with criticism or praise.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau ( - The debate over attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the drugging of children diagnosed with it has been rekindled in Australia, one of several countries to have followed the U.S. trend over recent decades.A youth conference in the eastern city of Brisbane this week was told that no proof has been found that ADHD exists at all.
July 7, 2008, 8:03 PM EDT
London ( - British pro-lifers have welcomed President Bush's decision to deny U.S. federal funds to international agencies that promote abortion, while a major organization whose work is likely to be affected called the move counterproductive."President Bush's announcement on only his second full day in office is very encouraging, and we can only hope that he continues to pursue a pro-life agenda with vigor," said Dominic Baster, a spokesman for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.
June 12, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
Mohsen Rezai (Photo: IRNA) (1st Add: Includes comments from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre.)
May 19, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
( - As the U.S.
May 16, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
( - A meeting of Latin American and European leaders beginning Friday could be overshadowed by a dispute between Andean neighbors over Venezuela's alleged links to a Colombi
May 9, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
( - An American national is due to go on trial in Vietnam next week on terrorism charges, and the case has some U.S.
April 28, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
( - South Korea's new chief nuclear negotiator is scheduled to meet his American counterpart in Washington on Monday, amid continuing fallout over claims of nuclear collaboration between North Korea and Syria.North Korea has yet to react publicly to evidence, presented during intelligence briefings on Capitol Hill last Thursday, indicating that North Korea secretly helped Syria develop a nuclear reactor for military purposes before Israeli warplanes destroyed it last September.
March 28, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
( - It wasn't an April Fool's joke after all: Dutch politician Geert Wilders has posted his short film on the Qur'an online, as promised, before the end of March. Within hours, millions of people had accessed it.
March 27, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Princeton international law scholar Richard Falk.) ( - The United Nations' Human Rights Council has elected onto a panel of special advisors a left-wing Swiss sociologist with a record of sympathizing with the Castro and Mugabe regimes and criticizing the United States and Israel.
March 17, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
( - The first church permitted in Qatar held its first Mass on Sunday without incident, following threats by Islamists unhappy about a Christian place of worship in the capi