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

March 16, 2019, 4:28 PM EDT
New Zealand’s gun ownership laws have been more relaxed than those in many Western countries but that looks set to change after Friday’s deadly shooting in two mosques in Christchurch, which killed 50 people.
March 15, 2019, 1:12 AM EDT
Seven years after the Obama administration controversially handed over to Iraqi custody a veteran Hezbollah terrorist accused of executing Americans – only to see him released a year later – Israel says the wanted man now heads a Syria-based terror cell near its northern border.
March 15, 2019, 12:38 AM EDT
Forty-nine people have been killed in shootings at two separate mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday prayers, police have confirmed.
March 14, 2019, 11:53 PM EDT
On his first day on the campaign trail Thursday, Democratic presidential hopeful Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke called for urgent action on climate change, and linked the leadership required to confront the issue with the storming of “the beaches in Normandy” in 1944.
March 14, 2019, 4:47 AM EDT
Michael Kozak, acting principal deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, briefs foreign media on Wednesday on the State Department’s annual human rights reports. (Screen capture: YouTube)
March 14, 2019, 4:27 AM EDT
Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. (Photo by Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images) Irish Ambassador to the U.N. Geraldine Byrne Nason. (Photo: Dep’t of Foreign Affairs, Ireland)
March 13, 2019, 4:25 AM EDT
“We continue to say – because it is true – all options are on the table,” special envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams said Tuesday. “But they did not change yesterday.”
March 13, 2019, 4:18 AM EDT
Awarding Iran’s highest military honor to Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force chief Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani this week, Iran’s supreme leader expressed the hope that he would die a martyr – although not just yet.
March 12, 2019, 4:39 AM EDT
As the death toll linked to Venezuela’s national power outage edged higher, the Trump administration on Monday stepped up its criticism of Cuba’s support for the Maduro regime, while Havana insinuated that the United States was behind what it called “terrorist sabotage” of its ally’s power grid.
March 12, 2019, 4:25 AM EDT
For the third consecutive year, the Trump administration has proposed a budget that cuts spending on foreign affairs, including funding for the United Nations – but congressional Democrats are unimpressed.
March 11, 2019, 4:45 AM EDT
At least eight Americans are among those killed when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa.
March 11, 2019, 4:31 AM EDT
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling on Fox News to fire host Jeanine Pirro – and wants her show’s advertisers boycotted until it does – after Pirro linked Rep. Ilhan Omar’s wearing of a hijab to shari’a (Islamic law), and said that shari’a was “antithetical to the U.S. Constitution.”
March 10, 2019, 9:39 PM EDT
Some Democrats in Congress are alarmed at the leftward lurch their party is taking, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said Sunday, commenting in particular on the “Green New Deal” and what he called the “Chicken Little, sky-is-falling approach of the socialist Democrats like [Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortez and the presidential candidates on the Democrats’ side of the aisle.”
March 8, 2019, 4:26 AM EST
“We still believe this is all achievable within the president’s first term, and that’s the timetable we’re working on,” the official told reporters on background.
March 7, 2019, 7:45 PM EST
The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a resolution initially intended to be a response to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s controversial statements about Jews – but which was, Republican critics say, “watered down” by Democratic leadership to broadly condemn other forms of bigotry as well.
March 7, 2019, 4:20 AM EST
Russia reserves the right to deploy missiles in any part of the world in response to new U.S. missile deployments once the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty is terminated, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.
March 7, 2019, 4:14 AM EST
Rallying in support of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Muslim, left-wing Jewish and other figures said Wednesday the U.S. was undergoing a time of transition, with criticism of Israel no longer “taboo” or “political suicide” for members of Congress.
March 6, 2019, 4:35 AM EST
A State Department spokesman would not say Tuesday whether a reference by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “Taliban terrorists” reflected a change of policy, at a time when U.S. and Taliban representatives are holding peace talks in Doha.
March 6, 2019, 4:20 AM EST
U.S. special envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams on Tuesday dismissed the notion that Washington’s response to the crisis there is not reaping the results it hoped for, pointing to the dramatic shifts that have occurred, and expressing confidence that the Maduro regime will collapse in time.
March 5, 2019, 7:15 PM EST
A collection of Muslim and left-wing groups are rallying around Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), demanding that House Democratic leaders condemn not just anti-Semitism, but “all forms of bigotry” as well as threats to members of Congress.