Philip Reeves http://ktep.org en In Islamabad, A Rare Piano Teacher Pursues His Mission Quietly http://ktep.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 44110 at http://ktep.org In A Remote Corner Of Pakistan, A Mass Exodus http://ktep.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 43492 at http://ktep.org In A Remote Corner Of Pakistan, A Mass Exodus Airlines Suspend Flights To Pakistani City After Shooting http://ktep.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 43457 at http://ktep.org Down From The Mountains, Pakistanis Flee Military Offensive http://ktep.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 43113 at http://ktep.org Pakistan Launches Military Operation To Root Out Militants http://ktep.org/post/pakistan-launches-military-operation-root-out-militants The offensive is in North Waziristan, a tribal area in the mountains bordering Afghanistan, and a haven for the Taliban and other militants. Tens of thousands of residents are pouring out of the area. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:16:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 42757 at http://ktep.org Pakistani Juice Drink Packs A Sweet And Spicy Punch http://ktep.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 42621 at http://ktep.org Pakistani Juice Drink Packs A Sweet And Spicy Punch Pakistan May Not Have Made The World Cup Cut, But The Ball Is Another Story http://ktep.org/post/pakistan-may-not-have-made-world-cup-cut-ball-another-story As the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/12/321302409/time-for-kickoff-worlds-attention-focused-on-world-cup">World Cup bonanza kicks off in Brazil</a>, it'll be watched with unusual interest by a nation on the other side of the globe that enjoys no international success whatever on the soccer field.<p>The 200 million or so people of Pakistan are far more celebrated for their wizardry at cricket than at soccer, but that doesn't deter this violence-battered country from taking great pride in the fact that it manufactured the official ball for this year's tournament.<p>The <a Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 42544 at http://ktep.org Pakistan May Not Have Made The World Cup Cut, But The Ball Is Another Story Taliban Claim Credit For Another Attack In Karachi http://ktep.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 42363 at http://ktep.org Taliban Claim Responsibility For Karachi Airport Attack http://ktep.org/post/taliban-claim-responsibility-karachi-airport-attack Gunmen attacked Pakistan's international airport in Karachi Sunday night. At least 23 people are dead, including airport guards and the 10 militants said to be behind the attack. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:32:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 42308 at http://ktep.org Who Shot Pakistan's Star News Anchor? Some Point To Spy Agency http://ktep.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 42209 at http://ktep.org How One Man's Arrest In London Shut Down Pakistan's Megacity http://ktep.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 42137 at http://ktep.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://ktep.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 41679 at http://ktep.org Being A TV Anchor In Pakistan Is Fraught With Danger http://ktep.org/post/being-tv-anchor-pakistan-fraught-danger Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And let's turn now to Pakistan. Often the news we hear from there has to do with Taliban militants or U.S. drone strikes. But in this next story, the news is about the news. Television news anchors, to be specific - a relatively new profession in Pakistan, and one that can be unexpectedly dangerous. NPR's Philip Reeves reports.<p>PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: Hamid Mir is lying on his bed in his villa trying to keep cool under a whirring fan. He has a white sheet draped over his body covering six bullet wounds. Wed, 28 May 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 41535 at http://ktep.org At Indian Prime Minister's Inauguration, A Historic Pakistani Presence http://ktep.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 41432 at http://ktep.org In Pakistan, Ultra-Conservative Rivals Attack Moderate Muslims http://ktep.org/post/pakistan-ultra-conservative-rivals-attack-moderate-muslims Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Here's a vital reality about the troubled nation of Pakistan. The most common victims of Islamist extremists in that country are the extremists' fellow Muslims. Attacks by the Taliban and other fundamentalist groups dominate headlines about Pakistan yet most Pakistanis follow a different form of Islam - more moderate and peculiar to South Asia. To extremists moderation makes Muslims into targets. NPR's Philip Reeves reports.<p>PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: We're climbing a hill. Our destination is a small shrine on top. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:27:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 39552 at http://ktep.org A Millionaire Saves The Silenced Symphonies Of Pakistan http://ktep.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 39479 at http://ktep.org A Millionaire Saves The Silenced Symphonies Of Pakistan Gunmen Wound Pakistani TV Anchor In Weekend Shooting http://ktep.org/post/gunmen-wound-pakistani-tv-anchor-weekend-shooting Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Over the weekend, someone tried to kill the most famous television anchorman in Pakistan. Hamid Mir hosts a television show on politics on Pakistan's popular Geo News channel. He can be outspoken and confrontational. And now gunmen have confronted him and opened fire, wounding Hamid Mir as he was being driven from the airport to his office in the giant city of Karachi. NPR's Philip Reeves is covering this story. He's on the line. And Phil, first, who you explain who Hamid Mir is? Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 39056 at http://ktep.org 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