Philip Reeves http://ktep.org en Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis http://ktep.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 38796 at http://ktep.org Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis Pakistanis Watch Afghan Elections, Wary Of A '90s Replay http://ktep.org/post/pakistanis-watch-afghan-elections-wary-90s-replay To Pakistan, the Afghan elections and the withdrawal of most U.S. troops seems reminiscent of the Soviet departure decades ago — leaving Afghanistan in Pakistan's lap, for better or worse. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 38503 at http://ktep.org 2 Pakistani Musicians Gain Fame Singing Political Satire http://ktep.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 38372 at http://ktep.org Mega Mall Helps Pakistanis Escape Pressures Of Everyday Life http://ktep.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 34999 at http://ktep.org The World's Most Optimistic Law: Banning Graffiti In Karachi http://ktep.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 34451 at http://ktep.org The World's Most Optimistic Law: Banning Graffiti In Karachi In Pakistan, Another Bhutto Joins The Risky Family Business http://ktep.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 34198 at http://ktep.org In Pakistan, Another Bhutto Joins The Risky Family Business Despite Scars Of War, Karachi Holds Onto Its Chutzpah http://ktep.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 33986 at http://ktep.org Job Vacant After Karachi's Top Counter-Terrorism Cop Is Killed http://ktep.org/post/job-vacant-after-karachis-top-counter-terrorism-cop-killed An intense debate is underway in Pakistan over what to do about a surge of deadly Taliban attacks. The city's chief counterterrosim officer was killed a few weeks ago. Superintendent Chaudhry Aslam Khan was and remains a legendary figure. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:06:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 33871 at http://ktep.org The Doctor At The Heart Of The U.S.-Pakistan Rift http://ktep.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 33607 at http://ktep.org In Storied Hastings, English Fishermen Worry About Overfishing, Competition http://ktep.org/post/storied-hastings-english-fishermen-worry-about-overfishing-competition Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>We've been hearing this week about a special relationship between many British people and something called the Shipping Forecast. It's a broadcast on BBC Radio of sea and weather conditions off the coast of the British Isles. Even landlubbers enjoy it each night before bed.<p>NPR's Philip Reeves has taken us to several coastal communities where the forecast actually matters. And today we have his final visit. It's to England's south coast and the ancient town of Hastings overlooking the English Channel. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:45:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 31257 at http://ktep.org Once-Great English Port Hopes Wind Power Will Mean A Better Future http://ktep.org/post/once-great-english-port-hopes-wind-power-will-mean-better-future 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.<p>This week we're dipping our toes into the waters around the British Isles. We're exploring a few of the places behind the names listed in what's known as the Shipping Forecast. It's basically a report of sea and weather conditions around the isles, broadcast several times a day on BBC Radio.<p>BLOCK: As NPR's Philip Reeves told us on Monday, the forecast is a cultural institution in Britain. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:46:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 31192 at http://ktep.org A Storm-Lashed British Isle Famous For Church Bells, Populated By Few http://ktep.org/post/storm-lashed-british-isle-famous-church-bells-populated-few Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>We're going to venture out onto the sea now off the coast of Britain. Yesterday, we heard about a British cultural institution called the Shipping Forecast. Every night, landlubbers who know nothing of the sea tune into BBC radio, to hear about sea and weather conditions off the British Isles. Songs and poems have been devoted to the forecast.<p>Well, NPR's Philip Reeves is devoted to it, too. And it inspired him to explore several areas made famous by that broadcast. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 31109 at http://ktep.org The Shipping Forecast: From Britain's Seas Into Its Soul http://ktep.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 31017 at http://ktep.org The Shipping Forecast: From Britain's Seas Into Its Soul Pakistan's Fearless Chief Justice Challenged The Powers That Were http://ktep.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 30760 at http://ktep.org Pakistan's Fearless Chief Justice Challenged The Powers That Were Malala, Hailed Around The World, Controversial At Home http://ktep.org/post/malala-hailed-around-world-controversial-home Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani activist, is among the five winners of the 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize, an award that is only made every five years and was once won by Nelson Mandela. She receives the prize Tuesday in a ceremony at U.N. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:29:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 30576 at http://ktep.org Malala, Hailed Around The World, Controversial At Home Pakistani Gen. Musharraf's Past Comes Back To Haunt Him http://ktep.org/post/pakistan-musharraf-first-ex-army-chief-be-tried-treason For the first time in its history, Pakistan is poised to put a former president and army chief of staff on trial. A special court has been convened to hear allegations against General Pervez Musharraf. He's charged with committing treason after he suspended the nation's constitution in 2007 and declared a state of emergency. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:16:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 30337 at http://ktep.org For Pakistani Taliban, What Difference Does A New Leader Make? http://ktep.org/post/pakistani-taliban-what-difference-does-new-leader-make Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>In Pakistan, the army chief is considered the most powerful man in the land. Now, there's a new one. General Raheel Sharif was appointed today. He has the tough task of responding to an Islamist insurgency that's cost thousands of lives. That involves taking on Pakistan's Taliban militants. And they also have a new leader, as NPR's Philip Reeves reports.<p>PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: A big argument is going on in Pakistan. It began a few weeks ago with an assassination. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:24:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 29852 at http://ktep.org Prosecutors Press Case In 'News Of The World' Phone-Tapping Trial http://ktep.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 28037 at http://ktep.org NSA Spying Draws Focus To Decades-Old Intelligence Pact http://ktep.org/post/nsa-spying-draws-focus-decades-old-intelligence-pact Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden are still trickling out. The latest reports include allegations that the U.S. is collecting data on millions of citizens in countries such as Spain and France. The steady stream of NSA revelations has drawn attention to an intelligence-sharing agreement known as Five Eyes.<p>Five Eyes is officially known as UKUSA or the UKUSA Alliance. Actually, it wasn't officially anything for the first 55 years of its existence. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:56:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 27895 at http://ktep.org Financial Markets React Positively To U.S. Debt Deal http://ktep.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 27208 at http://ktep.org Skateboarders Mobilize As Art Center Tries To Reclaim Cavern http://ktep.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 24705 at http://ktep.org U.K. Lawmakers Vote Against Syria Strike http://ktep.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 24047 at http://ktep.org Cameron Has A Hard Time Selling Syria Strike To Parliament http://ktep.org/post/cameron-has-hard-time-selling-syria-strike-parliament Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Around the world today, there are deliberations about Syria. The governments of the U.S., France and Britain are pushing for action in response to last week's alleged chemical weapons attack. They blame the Syrian government for the deaths of hundreds of people outside Damascus.<p>SIEGEL: Permanent members of the United Nations Security Council conferred today. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:51:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 24034 at http://ktep.org Britain Would Join U.S. In Any Military Action In Syria http://ktep.org/post/britain-would-join-us-any-military-action-syria Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>If the United States takes military action against Syria, it will not act alone. Its allies will certainly play a role, including Britain. NPR's Philip Reeves says the British government has already launched an offensive to win public support for military intervention.<p>PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: U.N. inspectors in Syria have yet to deliver their conclusions. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:29:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 23871 at http://ktep.org U.K. Detains Partner Of Journalist Who Talked With Snowden http://ktep.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 23325 at http://ktep.org Church Invested In Pay Day Loan Companies It Admonished http://ktep.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 21807 at http://ktep.org Would Brits Throw Out Royals With Baby's Bathwater? http://ktep.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 21462 at http://ktep.org Would Brits Throw Out Royals With Baby's Bathwater? Britons Wait For News On Royal Baby http://ktep.org/post/royal-watchers-prepare-third-throne The imminent arrival of the future heir to the British throne is spawning gambling, baby products and guessing over names. There's been no official announcement about when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby is due. It's believed to be Saturday, and the kingdom is prepared. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 09:13:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 20810 at http://ktep.org That Blows: Cricket's Trumpet-Playing Superfan Silenced http://ktep.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 20667 at http://ktep.org That Blows: Cricket's Trumpet-Playing Superfan Silenced Britons Bask In A Summer Of Good News http://ktep.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 20482 at http://ktep.org Britons Bask In A Summer Of Good News