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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October 21, 2015, 4:28 AM EDT
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday called the charge that settlement construction is fueling the current wave of Palestinian violence one of the “big lies” confronting Israel, and provided figures indicating that settlement activity in disputed territories has in fact dropped on his watch.
October 21, 2015, 4:24 AM EDT
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s defeat in this week’s general election deprives Israel of arguably its strongest ally in the international arena – and the United Nations of one of its most outspoken critics.
October 21, 2015, 4:15 AM EDT
As the Iran nuclear agreement formally began earlier this week, the Islamic regime posted a Twitter message highlighting a recent declaration by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei prohibiting negotiations with the United States.
October 20, 2015, 4:45 AM EDT
The leak of a document purporting to mark an historic shift in U.N. policy on the decriminalization of narcotics caused a stir Monday, but the U.N. drugs organization said the paper had been mischaracterized and was merely a discussion document.
October 20, 2015, 4:21 AM EDT
The U.N.’s cultural agency’s executive board is reportedly due to vote Tuesday on a measure declaring the Western or Wailing Wall in Jerusalem to be part of an Islamic holy site, a move which Israel called an attempt to “distort history.”
October 19, 2015, 4:25 AM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that climate change was a contributing factor in the Syrian civil war, alluding to a study last spring that linked drought-driven urbanization to the conflict that began in 2011.
October 18, 2015, 7:55 PM EDT
As the U.S., Iran and others mark the formal start of the Iran nuclear agreement, Obama administration officials have confirmed that the findings of a separate but related investigation by the U.N. nuclear watchdog into Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons activity will have no bearing on the deal moving ahead.
October 16, 2015, 4:30 AM EDT
“The Obama administration is the most hostile we have seen towards the nation of Israel in our nation’s history,” Sen. Ted Cruz said in a statement. “In the last few days, this obsessive antagonism has been on full display.”
October 16, 2015, 4:25 AM EDT
Netanyahu accuses Palestinian leaders of inciting the violence by accusing Israel of harming the Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount, a sensitive site revered by both Muslims.
October 16, 2015, 4:20 AM EDT
He was speaking two days after his predecessor in the post, Hillary Clinton, said her tenure had seen an important climate breakthrough with the Chinese.
October 15, 2015, 4:24 AM EDT
State Department spokesman John Kirby declined to say Wednesday whether the administration considers visits by Israelis to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to constitute incitement to violence, but he did say that “the status quo has not been observed, which has led to a lot of the violence.”
October 15, 2015, 4:16 AM EDT
For the 13th consecutive year, the executive branch continues to override expert recommendations to designate Pakistan an egregious violator of religious freedom, despite an annual State Department report highlighting numerous abuses, particularly those associated with the Islamic country’s blasphemy laws.
October 14, 2015, 4:21 AM EDT
A State Department spokesman on Tuesday declined to “assign blame” for what he called “the cycle of violence that’s currently taking place” in Israel and the disputed territories. Seven Israelis have been killed and dozens more injured by Palestinians in more than two dozen knife and gun attacks since October 1.
October 14, 2015, 1:25 AM EDT
The U.S. approach to its intervention in Libya in 2011 was an example of “smart power at its best,” Hillary Clinton said during Tuesday night’s CNN Democratic presidential debate, adding that she thought “President Obama made the right decision at the time.”
October 14, 2015, 12:07 AM EDT
The nuclear deal reached with Iran threatened to upset a delicate balance of power among Shi’ites, Sunnis and Israel in the Middle East, and encouraged Russia’s intervention in the region, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb said during Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas.
October 13, 2015, 4:24 AM EDT
Fleeting hopes that the mystery of a missing Malaysia Airlines plane may have been closer to being solved were dashed again Tuesday, when police in the Philippines said reports of wreckage sighted on an island in the far south of the archipelago appear to be untrue.
October 13, 2015, 4:19 AM EDT
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov suggested Monday that Russia and the U.S.-led coalition split the task of bombing ISIS terrorists, with Russia focusing on Syria and the U.S. and its allies on Iraq.
October 12, 2015, 8:21 PM EDT
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is “a boldfaced liar,” House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said Monday in responding to an Iranian state media report saying that Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, accused of espionage and jailed in Iran for more than 14 months, has been convicted.
October 12, 2015, 4:27 AM EDT
Russia’s ambassador to Britain said he has requested an urgent explanation from the British government after a media report Sunday said that British pilots flying anti-ISIS missions have been given permission to shoot down Russian aircraft if threatened.