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.

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June 29, 2016, 4:17 AM EDT
“Doing business is one of the best ways to create interests and vested purpose, if you will, in furthering transformation,” he said at the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado, adding that the administration was trying to “thread a needle” in its dealings with Iran – “a very difficult needle to thread.”
June 28, 2016, 7:19 PM EDT
Members of the European Parliament jeered as British anti-E.U. politician Nigel Farage accused them of being “in denial” over the failure of the European project, and declared that “virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives.”
June 28, 2016, 4:28 AM EDT
Donald Trump campaign spokeswoman sparred with a CNN anchor Monday over the process for vetting Syrian refugees, and when the journalist cited a fact-checking website’s assessment of the process the spokeswoman retorted, “We’re not going to base national security off PolitiFact, or even the United Nations.”
June 28, 2016, 4:18 AM EDT
As the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday held its once-a-session ritual condemnation of Israel, Pakistan’s representative blasted the Jewish state for complaining about being singled out at the U.N.s top human rights body.
June 27, 2016, 4:23 AM EDT
The leader of Hezbollah, in a rare public admission, has boasted that due to Iran’s generous support, new U.S. sanctions targeting his group – a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization – will have no impact.
June 27, 2016, 4:16 AM EDT
As the world scrambles to come to terms with British voters’ decision to leave the European Union, Secretary of State John Kerry was jetting in Monday for talks with both partners in the impending divorce.
June 26, 2016, 8:14 PM EDT
Pope Francis joined an Armenian leader Sunday in lamenting the persecution of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East, and angered Turkey by once again referring to the atrocities committed against Armenian Christians a century ago as “genocide.”
June 24, 2016, 4:20 AM EDT
The Obama administration did not pursue a nuclear deal with Iran in order to help Boeing conclude a multi-billion deal to sell aircraft to its national carrier, State Department spokesman John Kirby said Thursday.
June 23, 2016, 4:25 AM EDT
State Department spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday any suggestion that the administration would turn a blind eye to Iran's support for terrorism  in implementing the nuclear deal was “completely without merit.”
June 22, 2016, 7:02 AM EDT
An Iran Air Boeing 747-200, dating back to the 1970s, is photographed approaching Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport in 2011. Following the nuclear deal, Boeing has agreed to a deal to sell new aircraft to the Iranian carrier.
June 22, 2016, 4:30 AM EDT
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) estimates that the number of American Muslims registered to vote has jumped from around 500,000 in 2012 to at least 824,000 ahead of November’s election – a 64 percent increase.
June 22, 2016, 4:25 AM EDT
The bitter sectarian rivalry roiling the Middle East escalated sharply this week, as Bahrain – a Saudi and U.S. ally – stripped a senior Shia cleric of his citizenship, prompting a rare and threatening public statement from the top general of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
June 21, 2016, 4:28 AM EDT
Just weeks after a U.S. drone strike killed Taliban leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansour inside Pakistan, the government of the country’s northwestern province reportedly has agreed to provide $2.86 million to a madrassa (privately-run religious school) where Mansour, his predecessor Mullah Omar, and other top terrorists studied.
June 21, 2016, 4:18 AM EDT
“There is absolutely no evidence, my friends, zero evidence, that refugees who make it through this arduous process, pose any greater threat to our society than the members of any other group,” he said. “And it is important for people to know that.”
June 20, 2016, 4:40 AM EDT
 ( – A new report by the Homeland Security Advisory Council recommends that government agencies “reject religious terminology” such as "jihad" and "shari’a" and avoid using language that frames the discussion as “us versus them.”
June 20, 2016, 4:22 AM EDT
The vast majority of House Republicans voted in favor of legislation designed to enhance efforts to combat “violent extremism,” but one of the three who voted against it, Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, said he did so because it fails to identify “radical Islam” as the problem.
June 17, 2016, 12:35 AM EDT
U.N. investigators declared Thursday that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) is carrying out genocide against the Yazidi minority, prompting rights advocates to urge the world body’s organs to act urgently in response to that finding.
June 16, 2016, 2:21 AM EDT
Documents posted on the Internet Wednesday by a self-described “lone hacker” were presented as examples of some of the material hacked from the Democratic National Committee’s computer systems, including opposition research on Donald Trump, suggested campaign talking points for Hillary Clinton, and strategies for confronting GOP candidates.
June 16, 2016, 1:01 AM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday cited “reasons having to do with religion or politics” in a list of “root causes” of terrorism in which he also included factors ranging from tribalism to frustration and the desire for a sense of identity and purpose.
June 15, 2016, 4:25 AM EDT
The United Nations’ human rights chief called on the United States Tuesday to enforce more effective gun control measures in the aftermath of the Orlando terrorist attack, dismissing as “irresponsible pro-gun propaganda” the notion that firearms make societies safer.