Philip Reeves http://hppr.org en Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis http://hppr.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 20:24:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 30554 at http://hppr.org Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis 2 Pakistani Musicians Gain Fame Singing Political Satire http://hppr.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 30267 at http://hppr.org The World's Most Optimistic Law: Banning Graffiti In Karachi http://hppr.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 27780 at http://hppr.org The World's Most Optimistic Law: Banning Graffiti In Karachi Pakistan And Taliban Come To The Negotiating Table http://hppr.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 22:33:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 27742 at http://hppr.org In Pakistan, Another Bhutto Joins The Risky Family Business http://hppr.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 27614 at http://hppr.org In Pakistan, Another Bhutto Joins The Risky Family Business Despite Scars Of War, Karachi Holds Onto Its Chutzpah http://hppr.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 27469 at http://hppr.org The Doctor At The Heart Of The U.S.-Pakistan Rift http://hppr.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 21:54:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 27246 at http://hppr.org The Shipping Forecast: From Britain's Seas Into Its Soul http://hppr.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 21:10:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 25639 at http://hppr.org The Shipping Forecast: From Britain's Seas Into Its Soul Pakistan's Fearless Chief Justice Challenged The Powers That Were http://hppr.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 25494 at http://hppr.org Pakistan's Fearless Chief Justice Challenged The Powers That Were Prosecutors Press Case In 'News Of The World' Phone-Tapping Trial http://hppr.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 20:49:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 23655 at http://hppr.org Skateboarders Mobilize As Art Center Tries To Reclaim Cavern http://hppr.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 21376 at http://hppr.org U.K. Lawmakers Vote Against Syria Strike http://hppr.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 20939 at http://hppr.org U.K. Detains Partner Of Journalist Who Talked With Snowden http://hppr.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 20434 at http://hppr.org Would Brits Throw Out Royals With Baby's Bathwater? http://hppr.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 19126 at http://hppr.org Would Brits Throw Out Royals With Baby's Bathwater? That Blows: Cricket's Trumpet-Playing Superfan Silenced http://hppr.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 18588 at http://hppr.org That Blows: Cricket's Trumpet-Playing Superfan Silenced Britons Bask In A Summer Of Good News http://hppr.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 18464 at http://hppr.org Britons Bask In A Summer Of Good News Pakistan's New Prime Minister Gets No 'Honeymoon Period' http://hppr.org/post/pakistans-new-prime-minister-gets-no-honeymoon-period Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's been four weeks since Pakistan's new Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took the oath of office. In that time, Pakistan has suffered a wave of militant attacks, an economically crippling electricity crisis, and now a deadly drone strike. Many Pakistanis deeply resent U.S. drone attacks against targets in their tribal belt bordering Afghanistan. Recently, there's been a lull in these, but overnight a fresh missile strike killed at least 17 people.<p>NPR's Philip Reeves reports.<p>PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: This was the deadliest U.S. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:47:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 18285 at http://hppr.org Thar He Blows: Trump Tussles With Scots Over Wind Turbines http://hppr.org/post/thar-he-blows-trump-tussles-scots-over-wind-turbines A fierce legal battle is under way in Scotland, involving U.S. tycoon Donald Trump.<p>At the heart of the wrangle: wind.<p>Europe is leading the way in generating energy using wind. Huge turbines whir away on the hills and in the seas throughout the continent.<p>The roots of Trump's hatred for these turbines can be found, at least in part, in what was once a stretch of rolling dunes and grassland in northeastern Scotland, overlooking the North Sea.<p>He is spending hundreds of millions creating a resort there.<p>Last year, he opened its star attraction, a championship golf links. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 07:01:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 18135 at http://hppr.org Thar He Blows: Trump Tussles With Scots Over Wind Turbines Violence Defies Pakistanis' Efforts To Define Their Nation http://hppr.org/post/violence-defies-pakistanis-efforts-define-their-nation There is no more graphic example of the daunting challenges facing Pakistan's new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, than the bloody events playing out in the west of his nation.<p>Just over a week after Sharif was sworn in for a third term, at least 24 people were killed in a day of violence that underscored the threat presented by violent militancy to the fabric of the Pakistani state.<p>More than half the dead were female students, killed by a bomb. The toll also included nurses at a hospital that was the scene of a five-hour siege. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 16:56:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 17496 at http://hppr.org Violence Defies Pakistanis' Efforts To Define Their Nation Murder Case Appears To Buck Trend Of Pakistani Corruption http://hppr.org/post/murder-case-appears-buck-trend-pakistani-corruption "There are times when one's faith is restored in the judicial system here, in Pakistan," writes a gentleman called Sajjid Khan, in an unusually optimistic letter published by one of his nation's leading newspapers <em>The Daily Times</em>.<p>Pakistanis generally take a bleak view of their system of law and order, which tends to be dysfunctional and corrupt. Khan was inspired to put pen to paper by a criminal case that seems to buck that trend.<p>It concerns the killing of a policeman's son named Shahzeb Khan. Sun, 09 Jun 2013 19:47:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 17174 at http://hppr.org Murder Case Appears To Buck Trend Of Pakistani Corruption Riots In Sweden. That's Right. Sweden http://hppr.org/post/riots-sweden-thats-right-sweden Sweden is one of the wealthiest, most stable and smoothly running countries in the world.<p>Which would explain why the country's 9.5 million residents may be shocked by the events of the past few days.<p>For the past three nights, hundreds of youths have been rampaging through parts of the capital, Stockholm, torching cars, setting fires, and throwing rocks at police and fire trucks.<p>The trouble began over the weekend, after the police shot dead a 69-year-old man in the city's Husby neighborhood, where many residents originate from the Middle East and Africa. Wed, 22 May 2013 18:02:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 16355 at http://hppr.org Riots In Sweden. That's Right. Sweden Alex Ferguson: A Legendary Manager For An Iconic Franchise http://hppr.org/post/alex-ferguson-legendary-manager-iconic-franchise <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/08/182190351/manchester-uniteds-sir-alex-ferguson-is-retiring" target="_blank">The resignation</a> of veteran Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is an event causing ripples that go way beyond the island where the Scotsman spent his long and illustrious career.<p>Walk into a bar pretty much anywhere from Buenos Aires to Bangkok, mention Ferguson or his star-studded team of Red Devils, and you can be sure of a lively conversation — and perhaps a heated argument.<p>Ferguson's name is not always greeted with warmth, especially by supporters Wed, 08 May 2013 15:08:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 15714 at http://hppr.org Alex Ferguson: A Legendary Manager For An Iconic Franchise For Some Britons, Thatcher's Death Provokes Celebrations http://hppr.org/post/some-britons-thatchers-death-provokes-celebrations A young man is parading the streets of the city of Glasgow with a slogan daubed onto the back of his black leather jacket in big, freshly painted white letters. "We're havin' a party," it declares. "Thatcher's dead."<p>In what was the coal belt of northern England, a burly former miner lights up an enormous cigar and takes a satisfied puff. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:14:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 14536 at http://hppr.org For Some Britons, Thatcher's Death Provokes Celebrations Margaret Thatcher's Life And Legacy In Britain http://hppr.org/post/margaret-thatchers-life-and-legacy-britain Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>On a Monday, it is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>Britain and the world are reflecting this morning on the life of Margaret Thatcher. The former British prime minister has died at the age of 87. Britain's current Prime Minister David Cameron remembered her this way.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)<p>PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON: As our first woman prime minister, Margaret Thatcher succeeded against all the odds. And the real thing about Margaret Thatcher is that she didn't just lead our country. She saved our country. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:29:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 14433 at http://hppr.org Britain Goes After Pot Growers With 'Scratch And Sniff' Cards http://hppr.org/post/britain-goes-after-pot-growers-scratch-and-sniff-cards For many years, across the world, the extraordinarily powerful noses of dogs have been successfully used to help detect crime.<p>Now, in Britain, moves are under way to recruit humans to perform the same subtle work.<p>Police are encouraging the British to step out of their homes, raise their nostrils aloft, and see if they catch the whiff of wrongdoing wafting from the next-door neighbors.<p>Visitors to these crowded islands are often charmed by the small redbrick terraced houses that are in every town and city.<p>But law enforcement agencies here say the attics and backrooms of some of these Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 13826 at http://hppr.org Britain Goes After Pot Growers With 'Scratch And Sniff' Cards A Rough Guide To The Papal Conclave http://hppr.org/post/rough-guide-papal-conclave The stage is now set for the opening act of one of the more spectacular and intriguing theatrical dramas on the planet: the election of a pope.<p>In Rome, TV camera crews have set up their positions on big platforms overlooking St. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:37:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 13340 at http://hppr.org A Rough Guide To The Papal Conclave The Hermit Pope Who Set The Precedent For Benedict XVI http://hppr.org/post/hermit-pope-who-set-precedent-benedict-xvi Beneath a glass coffin, wearing a pontiff's miter and faded vestments of gold and purple, there lies a tiny man with a wax head.<p>This represents an Italian priest who, until this month, was the only pope in history to voluntarily resign.<p>His name is Celestine V.<p>Celestine became pope at 84, some seven centuries ago, after a long and self-punishing career as a hermit.<p>Though a celebrated spiritual leader, and founder of a new branch of the Benedictine order, his papacy lasted just over five months. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 08:24:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 12785 at http://hppr.org British Outrage Grows As Horsemeat Pops Up In More Foods http://hppr.org/post/british-outrage-grows-horsemeat-pops-more-foods They like riding them. They like racing them. Sat, 09 Feb 2013 12:47:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 12135 at http://hppr.org British Outrage Grows As Horsemeat Pops Up In More Foods Nightmare Details Emerge After Siege Ends In Algeria http://hppr.org/post/nightmare-details-emerge-after-siege-algeria Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>President Obama took the oath for a second term yesterday, on January 20th, as the Constitution requires. The public ceremony takes place today at the Capitol, and we'll have live coverage all day long.<p>MONTAGNE: We're learning more about the siege at a natural gas plant in the Sahara Desert. Militants in Algeria took many hostages - hundreds. Algerian forces quickly retook the plant. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 08:41:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 11324 at http://hppr.org A Dash Of Olive Oil May Preserve British Cathedral http://hppr.org/post/dash-olive-oil-may-preserve-decaying-british-cathedral The British have some stunning cathedrals, and York Minster, in the north of England, is one of the most magnificent of all.<p>Construction on it began 800 years ago, and a mere 2 1/2 centuries later, work was complete.<p>The result was one of Europe's largest Gothic cathedrals and one that's had a rough ride through history: It's been pillaged and looted, and damaged by devastating fires and lightning strikes.<p>Today, there's another threat: acid rain. As a result, the cathedral's stones are decaying.<p>British scientists and archaeologists have teamed up to try to find a solution. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 22:29:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 10876 at http://hppr.org A Dash Of Olive Oil May Preserve British Cathedral