Philip Reeves http://mtpr.net en Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis http://mtpr.net/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 17734 at http://mtpr.net Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis 2 Pakistani Musicians Gain Fame Singing Political Satire http://mtpr.net/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 17438 at http://mtpr.net The World's Most Optimistic Law: Banning Graffiti In Karachi http://mtpr.net/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 14755 at http://mtpr.net The World's Most Optimistic Law: Banning Graffiti In Karachi Pakistan And Taliban Come To The Negotiating Table http://mtpr.net/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 14721 at http://mtpr.net In Pakistan, Another Bhutto Joins The Risky Family Business http://mtpr.net/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 14576 at http://mtpr.net In Pakistan, Another Bhutto Joins The Risky Family Business Despite Scars Of War, Karachi Holds Onto Its Chutzpah http://mtpr.net/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 14431 at http://mtpr.net The Doctor At The Heart Of The U.S.-Pakistan Rift http://mtpr.net/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 14192 at http://mtpr.net The Shipping Forecast: From Britain's Seas Into Its Soul http://mtpr.net/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 12507 at http://mtpr.net The Shipping Forecast: From Britain's Seas Into Its Soul Pakistan's Fearless Chief Justice Challenged The Powers That Were http://mtpr.net/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 12338 at http://mtpr.net Pakistan's Fearless Chief Justice Challenged The Powers That Were Skateboarders Mobilize As Art Center Tries To Reclaim Cavern http://mtpr.net/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 8034 at http://mtpr.net