Philip Reeves http://krwg.org en In Islamabad, A Rare Piano Teacher Pursues His Mission Quietly http://krwg.org/post/islamabads-piano-teacher-pursues-his-mission-quietly Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>NPR's international correspondents cover wars, politics and global trends. But sometimes we also ask them to tell us about their lives in the field and the extraordinary people they meet. Here's a postcard sent to us from NPR's Philip Reeves in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.<p>PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: I've been trying for ages to learn to play piano. The time's now come to stop twiddling and face facts. I need a teacher. Islamabad's a cosmopolitan place. The piano is a fairly universal instrument. I assumed there'd be teachers around who'd fit the bill. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 69886 at http://krwg.org In A Remote Corner Of Pakistan, A Mass Exodus http://krwg.org/post/remote-corner-pakistan-mass-exodus The people of Pakistan are all too familiar with the tidal waves of humanity that can roll across the landscape with the outbreak of war.<p>Living in their midst are some 1.6 million Afghan refugees who, over the last 35 years, moved eastward to escape the violence that periodically engulfs their own unstable country.<p>Now Pakistan is soaking up another human tsunami, this time from the North Waziristan tribal area, an oblong of land slightly larger than Rhode Island, set amid the forests and mountains along its turbulent north-west frontier.<p>A dusty cavalcade of battered coaches, garishly- Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:50:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 69223 at http://krwg.org In A Remote Corner Of Pakistan, A Mass Exodus Airlines Suspend Flights To Pakistani City After Shooting http://krwg.org/post/airlines-suspend-flights-pakistani-city-after-shooting Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The largest airline in the Middle East says it has suspended flights to a city in Pakistan. Emirates says it will no longer fly to Peshawar, at least for now. This is after someone opened fire on a Pakistani passenger jet that was coming in to land there. NPR's Philip Reeves reports on a blow to Pakistan at a time of crisis.<p>PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: Pakistanis have lived with violence for many years. Bombings and assassinations make headlines one day and are forgotten the next. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:52:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 69180 at http://krwg.org Down From The Mountains, Pakistanis Flee Military Offensive http://krwg.org/post/down-mountains-pakistanis-flee-military-offensive Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel. Pakistan is seeing a flood of people pouring out of North Waziristan in the mountains abutting Afghanistan. The exodus began after Pakistan began a major ground offensive against the Taliban and foreign militias there. Some 200,000 people are believed to have left since Sunday. Pakistan's military is calling it an organized evacuation. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 68801 at http://krwg.org Pakistani Juice Drink Packs A Sweet And Spicy Punch http://krwg.org/post/pakistani-juice-drink-packs-sweet-and-spicy-punch You don't often see a man cheerily quaffing from a half-pint mug on a street corner in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.<p>But the drink in this gentleman's hand is as innocent as a newborn kitten.<p>It's called <a href="http://herbs-treatandtaste.blogspot.com/2011/01/what-is-aloo-bukhara-plums-medicinal.html">aloo bukhara</a> juice, and contains tamarind and dried plums, or prunes, if you prefer.<p>Summer's reaching a punishing peak here - it's 104 degrees Fahrenheit - so I assumed he was just drinking to keep cool.<p>But a sign on the wall behind him explains that <em>aloo bukhara</em> offers o Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:58:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 68267 at http://krwg.org Pakistani Juice Drink Packs A Sweet And Spicy Punch Taliban Claim Credit For Another Attack In Karachi http://krwg.org/post/taliban-claim-credit-another-attack-karachi Militants are attacking a security training facility near the Karachi airport. The incident comes less than two days after a deadly attack on the Karachi airport itself. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:37:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 67976 at http://krwg.org Who Shot Pakistan's Star News Anchor? Some Point To Spy Agency http://krwg.org/post/who-shot-pakistans-star-news-anchor-some-point-spy-agency Pakistan's biggest media house and the country's spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, have been embroiled in conflict recently. Geo TV alleged that ISI tried to kill the network's anchor, who was shot and badly injured in April. Now, government regulators have intervened, banning Geo for two weeks. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 67783 at http://krwg.org How One Man's Arrest In London Shut Down Pakistan's Megacity http://krwg.org/post/how-one-mans-arrest-london-shut-down-pakistans-megacity The city of Karachi, on the edge of the Arabian Sea, has fizzed with life since Alexander the Great was strutting around Asia's deserts on his horse.<p>This chaotic and ruthless trading metropolis of more than 20 million is the giant turbine that drives Pakistan's creaking economy, providing the largest part of the national revenues.<p>Yet by midafternoon Thursday, Karachi's shopkeepers began hastily hauling down their steel shutters and heading home, suffering for a third consecutive day from an acute case of the jitters.<p>Karachi has been gripped by anxiety since news broke on Tuesday that Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:46:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 67714 at http://krwg.org How One Man's Arrest In London Shut Down Pakistan's Megacity Pakistani Woman Beaten To Death By Her Family As Police Stand By http://krwg.org/post/pakistani-woman-beaten-death-her-family-police-stand Pakistan is reeling from the latest so-called "honor killing." A pregnant woman was stoned to death just feet from a courthouse for marrying a man against her family's wishes. Police stood by as family members, including a woman, took part in the killing. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 29 May 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 67214 at http://krwg.org At Indian Prime Minister's Inauguration, A Historic Pakistani Presence http://krwg.org/post/indian-prime-ministers-inauguration-historic-pakistani-presence Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was among the guests at Narenda Modi's inauguration. It's the first time the leader of one of the archrivals has attended the swearing-in of the other. Mon, 26 May 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 66958 at http://krwg.org A Millionaire Saves The Silenced Symphonies Of Pakistan http://krwg.org/post/millionaire-saves-silenced-symphonies-pakistan <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck3I3zBw9uU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLF46JKkCNg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e85wO8rsCoQ</p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 64882 at http://krwg.org A Millionaire Saves The Silenced Symphonies Of Pakistan Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis http://krwg.org/post/man-reaches-sun-solution-pakistans-gas-crisis Spring has crept up to the foothills of the Himalayas and, in Islamabad, Pakistan's purpose-built capital, the air is full of the scent of roses and the yelling of birds.<p>Yet, even in this most stately of South Asian cities, it is impossible to escape the realities of an unstable nation that has yet to figure out how to meet some of the basic needs of its 200 million or so citizens.<p>Islamabad long ago adjusted to attacks by Islamist militants by setting up roadblocks and turning its government buildings, five-star hotels, villas and diplomatic enclaves into modern-day fortresses, wrapped i Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 64176 at http://krwg.org Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis 2 Pakistani Musicians Gain Fame Singing Political Satire http://krwg.org/post/2-pakistani-gain-fame-singing-political-satire Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>There's also anxiety in Pakistan because it is a country where you can get into big trouble because of what you say. Recently, gunmen there opened fire on a prominent journalist who's a critic of Islamic extremism, killing his driver. Twenty-five journalists have been killed over the last decade. Non-journalists like the young activist Malala Yousafzai have been attacked. NPR's Philip Reeves went to see two young Pakistanis who think they're better off singing about their political views than talking. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:19:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 63748 at http://krwg.org Mega Mall Helps Pakistanis Escape Pressures Of Everyday Life http://krwg.org/post/mega-mall-helps-pakistanis-escape-pressures-everyday-life Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>We occasionally get postcards from our international correspondents who report and live in various spots around the world. NPR's Philip Reeves is based in Pakistan where violence has killed tens of thousands of people in recent years. Philips says some in the capital, Islamabad, to find ways to escape the pressure.<p>PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: Islamabad can sometimes seem surprisingly tranquil. My house is a short drive from Parliament and the Supreme Court. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:18:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 60193 at http://krwg.org The World's Most Optimistic Law: Banning Graffiti In Karachi http://krwg.org/post/worlds-most-optimistic-law-banning-graffiti-karachi If there was a competition to find the world's Most Optimistic Law, then here's a promising contender.<p>A law has just been introduced in Pakistan that bans people from scrawling graffiti on the walls of Karachi, a vast, chaotic port city on the shores of the Arabian Sea.<p>It is impossible to drive through Karachi without being struck by the manner in which the city's walls yell <em></em>at the passersby.<p>Many are buried between a sea of black and red scribblings, which have clearly been penned with great passion and have often - and this is especially striking to the visitor - been angril Sun, 09 Feb 2014 10:47:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 59580 at http://krwg.org The World's Most Optimistic Law: Banning Graffiti In Karachi Pakistan And Taliban Come To The Negotiating Table http://krwg.org/post/pakistan-and-taliban-come-negotiating-table Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. In Pakistan, deadly attacks by the Taliban and similar groups are so common these days the rest of the world barely notices. But the war between these militants and Pakistan's government has cost tens of thousands of lives and caused terrible economic damage. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was elected on a promise of trying to end the seven-year conflict by negotiating peace with the Pakistani Taliban. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:44:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 59524 at http://krwg.org In Pakistan, Another Bhutto Joins The Risky Family Business http://krwg.org/post/pakistan-another-bhutto-joins-risky-family-business His grandfather was hanged by a military dictator. His mother was assassinated. One of his uncles was slain by the police. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 18:32:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 59304 at http://krwg.org In Pakistan, Another Bhutto Joins The Risky Family Business Despite Scars Of War, Karachi Holds Onto Its Chutzpah http://krwg.org/post/despite-scars-war-karachi-holds-its-chutzpah Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. When you hear us say Karachi, Pakistan, you might assume we're going to bring you're a story about terrorism or a bombing or a kidnapping - and you would often be right. It is the most violent city in all of Pakistan. But NPR's Philip Reeves found that isn't all there is to the city. In fact, there's often a gap between Karachi's reputation and the reality of the place, as he explains in this letter from Pakistan.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF TRAFFIC NOISE)<p>PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: Wars give cities a bad name. Sun, 02 Feb 2014 14:01:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 59083 at http://krwg.org The Doctor At The Heart Of The U.S.-Pakistan Rift http://krwg.org/post/doctor-heart-us-pakistan-rift Prickly relations between the U.S. and Islamabad are becoming even thornier because of one issue: the case of Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden in 2011. Afridi is seen as a hero by many Americans, but that didn't deter Pakistan from jailing him for alleged militant ties. The U.S. Congress is withholding $33 million in aid to Pakistan until the doctor is freed. But Afridi's lawyer fears this tactic will antagonize Islamabad. He urgently wants Afridi freed, warning that the doctor is at severe risk of being killed by fellow prisoners. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 58662 at http://krwg.org The Shipping Forecast: From Britain's Seas Into Its Soul http://krwg.org/post/shipping-forecast-britains-seas-its-soul It is a bizarre nightly ritual that is deeply embedded in the British way of life.<p>You switch off the TV, lock up the house, slip into bed, turn on your radio, and begin to listen to a mantra, delivered by a soothing, soporific voice.<p>"Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger ...." says the voice.<p>You are aware — vaguely — that these delicious words are names, and that those names refer to big blocks of sea around your island nation, stretching all the way up to Iceland and down to North Africa.<p>Your mind begins to swoop across the landscape, sleepily Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:20:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 55995 at http://krwg.org The Shipping Forecast: From Britain's Seas Into Its Soul Pakistan's Fearless Chief Justice Challenged The Powers That Were http://krwg.org/post/pakistans-fearless-chief-justice-challenged-powers-were He defied a military dictator, sacked a prime minister, and persistently sought to call generals and intelligence chiefs to account.<p>He became a symbol of hope for an impoverished multitude, seeking to assert their rights in a land where these are frequently ignored and abused.<p>He was one of his country's best-known figures who was seen — though not usually heard — on his nation's television screens as frequently as celebrity actors and cricket stars.<p>For any judge, in any land, this is an improbable record. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:51:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 55736 at http://krwg.org Pakistan's Fearless Chief Justice Challenged The Powers That Were Prosecutors Press Case In 'News Of The World' Phone-Tapping Trial http://krwg.org/post/prosecutors-press-case-news-world-phone-tapping-trial At the Old Bailey Courthouse in London Wednesday, the prosecution laid out the case against former journalists of the now-defunct British tabloid News of the World. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:07:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 52857 at http://krwg.org Financial Markets React Positively To U.S. Debt Deal http://krwg.org/post/financial-markets-react-positively-us-financial-deal Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And news that Washington has finally reached a deal, averting a potentially catastrophic debt default, is drawing a mixed reaction from the rest of the world.<p>NPR's Philip Reeves, in London, is watching the markets for us.<p>PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: We all know that, at times, the markets can be panicky and irrational. Yet, during this crisis, they held their nerve. Analysts say traders were always pretty confident there would be a last-minute deal. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 08:38:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 52007 at http://krwg.org Skateboarders Mobilize As Art Center Tries To Reclaim Cavern http://krwg.org/post/skateboarders-mobilize-art-center-tries-reclaim-cavern Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>In medieval times, the south bank of the River Thames in London was full of seedy theaters, brothels and scoundrels. But centuries later, it has become one of the world's finest centers for the arts. Recent plans to expand the arts center has revealed a uniquely, contemporary conflict. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 20:57:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 49272 at http://krwg.org U.K. Lawmakers Vote Against Syria Strike http://krwg.org/post/symbolic-vote-uk-lawmakers-advise-against-syria-strike Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>I'm Melissa Block. And we begin with the sharp and sudden backlash in Britain against military action in Syria. Tonight, the House of Commons issued a defiant rebuke to Prime Minister David Cameron. He took the case for military action to Parliament, arguing that the Syrian government should be held accountable for the deaths of hundreds of people in last week's apparent chemical weapons attack. But Cameron met fierce opposition from lawmakers. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 22:19:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 48581 at http://krwg.org U.K. Detains Partner Of Journalist Who Talked With Snowden http://krwg.org/post/uk-detains-partner-journalist-who-talked-snowden Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Authorities in Britain are under pressure today to explain why they detained the partner of a journalist who's published documents leaked by the whistleblower Edward Snowden. David Miranda was held at London's Heathrow Airport for nearly nine hours yesterday under U.K. terrorism laws. Miranda's partner, a journalist with the Guardian newspaper, has been breaking some big stories about the intelligence-gathering methods of the U.S. National Security Agency. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:13:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 47839 at http://krwg.org Church Invested In Pay Day Loan Companies It Admonished http://krwg.org/post/church-invested-pay-day-loan-companies-it-admonished Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. The Church of England's top bishop is in a little hot water. The archbishop of Canterbury is embroiled in a controversy about ethical investment. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:59:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 46302 at http://krwg.org Would Brits Throw Out Royals With Baby's Bathwater? http://krwg.org/post/would-brits-throw-out-royals-babys-bathwater "Royal Baby Fever" is <a href="201779696">gripping Britain</a>.<p>So say the breathless TV pundits gathered from round the world to report the infant's arrival.<p>Is it true?<p>An <a href="http://www.ipsos-mori.com/researchpublications/researcharchive/3234/Royal-Baby-Poll.aspx">Ipsos Mori poll published this week</a> found the Royal Family's certainly enjoying a golden age, after rebounding from the disasters of the 1990s — including the death of Princess Diana.<p>Three out of every four surveyed want the United Kingdom to remain a monarchy. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 07:17:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 45940 at http://krwg.org Would Brits Throw Out Royals With Baby's Bathwater? That Blows: Cricket's Trumpet-Playing Superfan Silenced http://krwg.org/post/blows-crickets-trumpet-playing-super-fan-silenced The English national character is an eternal mystery. But from time to time we get a glimpse of some of its components. The story of Billy The Trumpet is one such occasion.<p>Billy is the embodiment of English eccentricity. He belongs to a boisterous ragtag band of sports fans called the Barmy Army. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:15:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 45087 at http://krwg.org That Blows: Cricket's Trumpet-Playing Superfan Silenced Britons Bask In A Summer Of Good News http://krwg.org/post/britons-bask-summer-good-news All news is bad news. Or so the saying goes. Many Brits firmly believe this — and use it as a branch to beat their journalists, one of the more despised species in these isles.<p>It is, of course, untrue. There's no better example of the media's appetite for good news <em></em>than the tsunami of euphoria with which they've greeted Andy Murray's Wimbledon triumph on Sunday.<p>The English are feting Murray as a British hero. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 16:15:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 44901 at http://krwg.org Britons Bask In A Summer Of Good News