There was an unexpected addition to the Ramadan fireworks over the Palestinian City of Ramallah Saturday night as a rocket, apparently fired by Hamas in Gaza, crashed and exploded in the outskirts of the Palestinians’ “de facto capital.” It hit less ...
Jul 12, 2014
Israelis are resilient in the face of rocket attacks, even tragic acts of violence. But the country has been shocked by the recent murder of a young Palestinian – allegedly an act of revenge by a group of disaffected ultra-Orthodox teens
Jul 11, 2014
Death toll would indicate Palestinians are losing badly, but Hamas could be ahead in the quest for international sympathy
Jul 11, 2014
Hamas responds with a substantial escalation of its own, testing Israel’s resolve as more rockets reach further into the country
Jul 10, 2014
Israel Defence Forces calls up 1,500 reservists after Hamas sends rockets into communities in the southern and central parts of the country
Jul 07, 2014
The lives of four teenagers could have been spared
Jul 04, 2014
Hamas vows retribution for abduction and immolation of 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Kdeir, while Israeli President Netanyahu pleads against vigilantism
Jul 02, 2014
On his one side is the call of the country’s political right to take revenge for the abduction and killing of three teenagers, and on the other the fear such a response could trigger a war with Hamas
Jul 01, 2014
Kurds liken their struggle for independence to that of the Jews who established Israel
Jun 27, 2014
The roots of today's conflict in Iraq date back more than 1,300 years
Jun 25, 2014
Covering the region since 2008, this is Patrick’s second tour as Middle East correspondent. His first assignment was from 1991-95. In between, he served as The Globe’s Foreign Editor and as Comment Editor.
Before joining The Globe and Mail in 1984, Patrick was co-host of the national CBC Radio program Sunday Morning, and co-author of Contenders: The Tory Quest for Power.
He has a law degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Patrick’s first foray into the Middle East came in 1971, when he motorcycled across Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.