Philip Reeves http://kgou.org en Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis http://kgou.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 27381 at http://kgou.org Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis Pakistanis Watch Afghan Elections, Wary Of A '90s Replay http://kgou.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 27095 at http://kgou.org 2 Pakistani Musicians Gain Fame Singing Political Satire http://kgou.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 26962 at http://kgou.org Mega Mall Helps Pakistanis Escape Pressures Of Everyday Life http://kgou.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 23477 at http://kgou.org The World's Most Optimistic Law: Banning Graffiti In Karachi http://kgou.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 22876 at http://kgou.org The World's Most Optimistic Law: Banning Graffiti In Karachi Pakistan And Taliban Come To The Negotiating Table http://kgou.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 22823 at http://kgou.org In Pakistan, Another Bhutto Joins The Risky Family Business http://kgou.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 22617 at http://kgou.org In Pakistan, Another Bhutto Joins The Risky Family Business Job Vacant After Karachi's Top Counter-Terrorism Cop Is Killed http://kgou.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 22287 at http://kgou.org The Doctor At The Heart Of The U.S.-Pakistan Rift http://kgou.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 22009 at http://kgou.org In Storied Hastings, English Fishermen Worry About Overfishing, Competition http://kgou.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 21:33:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 19570 at http://kgou.org