Philip Reeves http://kgou.org en In Islamabad, A Rare Piano Teacher Pursues His Mission Quietly http://kgou.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 32781 at http://kgou.org In A Remote Corner Of Pakistan, A Mass Exodus http://kgou.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 32149 at http://kgou.org In A Remote Corner Of Pakistan, A Mass Exodus Airlines Suspend Flights To Pakistani City After Shooting http://kgou.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 32117 at http://kgou.org Down From The Mountains, Pakistanis Flee Military Offensive http://kgou.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 31773 at http://kgou.org Pakistan Launches Military Operation To Root Out Militants http://kgou.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 31397 at http://kgou.org Pakistani Juice Drink Packs A Sweet And Spicy Punch http://kgou.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 31269 at http://kgou.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://kgou.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 31192 at http://kgou.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://kgou.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 30991 at http://kgou.org Taliban Claim Responsibility For Karachi Airport Attack http://kgou.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 30924 at http://kgou.org Who Shot Pakistan's Star News Anchor? Some Point To Spy Agency http://kgou.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 30843 at http://kgou.org