Philip Reeves http://wgcu.org en In A Remote Corner Of Pakistan, A Mass Exodus http://wgcu.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 11770 at http://wgcu.org In A Remote Corner Of Pakistan, A Mass Exodus Down From The Mountains, Pakistanis Flee Military Offensive http://wgcu.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 11568 at http://wgcu.org Pakistani Juice Drink Packs A Sweet And Spicy Punch http://wgcu.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 11307 at http://wgcu.org Pakistani Juice Drink Packs A Sweet And Spicy Punch Who Shot Pakistan's Star News Anchor? Some Point To Spy Agency http://wgcu.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 11107 at http://wgcu.org How One Man's Arrest In London Shut Down Pakistan's Megacity http://wgcu.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 11073 at http://wgcu.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://wgcu.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 20:27:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 10835 at http://wgcu.org At Indian Prime Minister's Inauguration, A Historic Pakistani Presence http://wgcu.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 10713 at http://wgcu.org Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis http://wgcu.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 20:00:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 9374 at http://wgcu.org Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis 2 Pakistani Musicians Gain Fame Singing Political Satire http://wgcu.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 9164 at http://wgcu.org The World's Most Optimistic Law: Banning Graffiti In Karachi http://wgcu.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 7177 at http://wgcu.org The World's Most Optimistic Law: Banning Graffiti In Karachi Pakistan And Taliban Come To The Negotiating Table http://wgcu.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 21:50:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 7143 at http://wgcu.org In Pakistan, Another Bhutto Joins The Risky Family Business http://wgcu.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 7048 at http://wgcu.org In Pakistan, Another Bhutto Joins The Risky Family Business Despite Scars Of War, Karachi Holds Onto Its Chutzpah http://wgcu.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 6947 at http://wgcu.org The Doctor At The Heart Of The U.S.-Pakistan Rift http://wgcu.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 22:17:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 6761 at http://wgcu.org The Shipping Forecast: From Britain's Seas Into Its Soul http://wgcu.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 5529 at http://wgcu.org The Shipping Forecast: From Britain's Seas Into Its Soul Pakistan's Fearless Chief Justice Challenged The Powers That Were http://wgcu.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 5398 at http://wgcu.org Pakistan's Fearless Chief Justice Challenged The Powers That Were Would Brits Throw Out Royals With Baby's Bathwater? http://wgcu.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 07:08:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 626 at http://wgcu.org Would Brits Throw Out Royals With Baby's Bathwater? That Blows: Cricket's Trumpet-Playing Superfan Silenced http://wgcu.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 177 at http://wgcu.org That Blows: Cricket's Trumpet-Playing Superfan Silenced Britons Bask In A Summer Of Good News http://wgcu.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 16:35:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 57 at http://wgcu.org Britons Bask In A Summer Of Good News