Philip Reeves

Philip Reeves is an award-winning veteran international correspondent based in Islamabad, Pakistan. Previous to his current role, he covered Europe out of NPR's bureau in London.

Reeves has spent two decades working as a journalist overseas, reporting from a wide range of places including the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and Asia.

A member of the NPR team that won highly prestigious Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University and George Foster Peabody awards for coverage of the conflict in Iraq, Reeves has been honored several times by the South Asian Journalists Association.

In 2010, Reeves moved to London from New Delhi after a stint of more than seven years working in and around South Asia. He traveled widely in India, taking listeners on voyages along the Ganges River and the ancient Grand Trunk Road. He also made numerous trips to cover unrest and political turmoil in Pakistan.

Reeves joined NPR in 2004, after spending 17 years as a correspondent for the British daily newspaper, The Independent. During the early stages of his career, he worked for BBC radio and television after training on the Bath Chronicle newspaper in western Britain.

Over the years, Reeves has covered a wide range of stories - from the Waco siege, to the growth of the Internet, Boris Yeltsin's erratic presidency, the economic rise of India, and conflicts in Gaza and the West Bank, Chechnya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

Graduating from Cambridge University, Reeves earned a degree in English literature. He and his wife have one daughter. His family originates from New Zealand.

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3:25am

Wed May 20, 2015
Parallels

Live On Pakistani TV: A Call-In Show About Sex

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 12:09 pm

Dr. Nadim Uddin Siddiqui hosts a weekly call-in show about sexual issues on a Pakistani cable television channel. The program, Clinic Online, is a rarity for a conservative Muslim nation, but has proved popular, particularly among women.
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It's long been assumed that, in conservative Islamic societies, sex is a subject to be spoken about, if it's discussed at all, in guilty whispers.

Yet, for many months now, women in Pakistan have been dialing in to a TV show to ask about profoundly personal issues — live on air.

"I have to talk about my husband," said a woman who gave her name as Sonia on one of the show's recent editions. "His sperm count is very low ..."

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4:56pm

Thu May 14, 2015
World

Pakistan Steps Up Pressure On Afghan Taliban

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 8:42 am

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7:51am

Sun April 26, 2015
Middle East

Pakistani Activists Mourn Slain Human Rights Proponent

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 7:42 am

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4:39pm

Mon April 20, 2015
World

Chinese President Visits Pakistan To Finalize Billion-Dollar Trade Route Plan

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 5:18 pm

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5:07am

Fri April 10, 2015
Middle East

Pakistan's Dilemma: Should It Assist Saudi Arabia In Yemen Operation?

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 7:56 am

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7:37am

Sun April 5, 2015
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Will New Zealand Rebuild The Cathedral My Forefather Erected?

Originally published on Sun April 5, 2015 11:19 am

The badly damaged Christchurch Cathedral is pictured on Sept. 7, 2011 during a tour given to foreign journalists visiting the city ahead of the rugby 2011 World Cup. England rugby manager Martin Johnson and several members of the playing squad visited the city to see the stadium and the city center which were damaged by an earthquake in February.
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He has a swirl of graying whiskers stretching down to his collar, yet he wears a tiny mustache so precisely groomed that it almost could have been typed. His face is confident and stern, befitting a gentleman of substance.

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7:53am

Sun March 15, 2015
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From Afghanistan's Rubble, A Teacher Builds A School Of Ideas

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 3:44 pm

Aziz Royesh is one of 10 finalists for the $1 million Global Teacher Prize.
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Aziz Royesh is a man whose life has been defined by one over-arching ambition: He says he simply wants to be a teacher.

At 46, he has achieved that goal in one of the most difficult and dangerous environments in the world — Afghanistan. He has also founded a school that is now winning international acclaim as a model for education in that war-battered nation.

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5:18pm

Sun February 22, 2015
Afghanistan

New Defense Secretary Makes Unannounced Trip To Afghanistan

Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 7:21 pm

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4:07pm

Tue February 17, 2015
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At His Villa, Pakistan's Musharraf Awaits Trial And Holds Court

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 7:08 pm

Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf speaks to the media in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on March 24, 2013, shortly before ending his self-imposed exile and returning to his homeland. He now faces murder and treason charges in Pakistan, but is free on bail and living in a villa in Karachi.
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He is indicted for treason and murder. He is forbidden from going abroad. He is banned for life from running for elected office.

It is hard to imagine how Pervez Musharraf, former military ruler of Pakistan, could be in much deeper water than this.

Yet, as the ex-president and army chief sits in his apricot-colored villa, ruminating over his predicament, he does not sound — or look — much like a man unduly burdened by worry.

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4:00pm

Mon February 16, 2015
Middle East

As Pakistan Turns Courts Over To Military, Some Fear Revival Of Army's Power

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 7:35 pm

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5:02am

Mon February 2, 2015
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The Theft Of An Infant Son: In Pakistan, A Not-Uncommon Crime

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 2:20 pm

Shazia and Ziaullah Khan's baby boy was stolen from a hospital ward in Islamabad, Pakistan.
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Individual tragedies easily go unnoticed in Pakistan. People are too busy grappling with corruption, militant violence, poverty and an infrastructure so dysfunctional that everyone, everywhere endures daily power outages.

Ziaullah Khan and his wife, Shazia, are the victims of one of the cruelest crimes of all. Yet in this troubled land, they're struggling to get anyone to listen — let alone help.

A Stolen Baby Boy

They're a young couple, just starting out. She's a teacher; he works in a print shop. They live in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.

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5:57pm

Tue January 27, 2015
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Pakistanis View Obama's India Visit With A Touch Of Irritation

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 6:59 pm

President Eisenhower and Pakistani President Mohammed Ayub Khan ride through the streets of Karachi in 1959. This wouldn't happen today.
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A black and white photograph captures a scene that could never happen today.

It shows an American president riding through the streets of a city in Pakistan in a gleaming horse-drawn carriage, as if he's the Queen of England.

The city is Karachi, in the days when American visitors were not obliged by the presence of Islamist militants to conceal themselves behind blast-proof walls, sandbags and razor wire.

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4:16pm

Fri January 23, 2015
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After The Slaughter, A Pakistani School Seeks To Heal

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:00 am

Pakistani soldiers escort students as they leave the Army Public School in Peshawar on Jan. 12. The school has reopened after last month's attack by the Pakistani Taliban that killed more than 130, most of them teenage students.
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"From the outside, we may look healed up," explains Samina Irshad, section head of the Middle School at the Army Public School in Pakistan's frontier city of Peshawar.

But don't be fooled by appearances.

Irshad continues: "Our internal wounds, they'll take time." In fact, she estimates, it will take years.

Who knows how long it takes to recover from a massacre that included the death of 132 students, mostly teenaged boys, and 12 of Irshad's colleagues, including the school principal?

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7:41am

Sun January 18, 2015
Afghanistan

Pakistan Pressures Afghan Refugees To Go Home

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 12:57 pm

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It has been a month since more than 130 children were murdered in an attack on a school in Pakistan. The government has responded with draconian measures; this includes victimizing the large number of Afghans living in Pakistan.

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4:36pm

Fri January 16, 2015
World

One Month After School Attack, Pakistan Remembers Victims

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 6:32 pm

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In Pakistan, one month ago today, the Taliban attacked an army-run school in the city of Peshawar - 150 people were killed, the vast majority of them children.

(SOUNDBITE OF DEMONSTRATION)

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6:29am

Fri November 28, 2014
Asia

In Pakistan, Political Oratory Is Flourishing

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 7:16 am

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5:08pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Goats and Soda

In Pakistan, A Self-Styled Teacher Holds Class For 150 In A Cowshed

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 7:26 pm

Aansoo Kohli is running a makeshift class in a cowshed for children who have no access to school.
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Every day, shortly after breakfast, more than 150 noisy and eager-eyed kids, coated in dust from top to toe, troop into a mud cowshed in a sun-baked village among the cotton fields of southern Pakistan. The shed is no larger than the average American garage; the boys and girls squeeze together, knee-to-knee, on the dirt floor.

Words scrawled on a wooden plank hanging outside proudly proclaim this hovel to be a "school," although the pupils have no tables, chairs, shelves, maps or wall charts — let alone laptops, water coolers or lunch boxes.

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5:32am

Sat November 22, 2014
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Wealthy Arabs Descend On Pakistan To Kill The Bustards

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 10:13 am

Winter is creeping down on northern Pakistan from the Himalayan Mountains. The skies are cloudless and bright blue. The air is as cool and refreshing as champagne.

This is the season for swaddling yourself in a big woolen shawl. And it's also the season when Pakistanis try not to ... let the bustards get them down.

I'm talking about the Houbara bustard. It's a bird, about half the size of a turkey, and with the same rotten luck this time of year.

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5:06pm

Mon November 17, 2014
Asia

Diplomacy Through Cricket? It's All In How You Spin It

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 9:59 pm

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1:17pm

Wed November 5, 2014
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Christian Couple Killed By Mob In Latest Pakistan 'Blasphemy' Case

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 4:57 pm

Pakistani Christians in Islamabad protest the killing of a Christian couple who were burned alive for alleged blasphemy. Pakistan has had multiple cases of vigilante killings against people accused of blasphemy against Islam.
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In the latest vigilante attack based on an accusation of blasphemy, a young Christian couple in Pakistan was beaten by a mob and then incinerated at a brick factory.

There have been multiple cases in recent years in which Pakistanis are accused — often with little or no evidence — of committing blasphemy against Islam.

The police officer in charge of the investigation, Inspector Maqbool Ahmed, says he was told by local residents that the couple was still alive when they were shoved into a brick kiln.

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12:48pm

Sat November 1, 2014
Middle East

A Taliban Hostage's Story: Educating Children Who Have No Teachers

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 1:02 pm

Professor Ajmal Khan was held captive in South Waziristan, the Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan where the Taliban holds power.
B.K. Bangash AP

A compelling Facebook photo shows an old man wearing spectacles and a shawl. He's standing in front of a cracked mud wall. Most of his face is filled by a huge, dusty-looking white beard. He looks tired and sad.

Only the man's family and friends would know that he is not, in fact, a weather-beaten mountain tribesman, but the vice chancellor of one of the most distinguished universities in Pakistan.

This picture of professor Ajmal Khan, posted on the Web by his supporters, was printed by a newspaper when he was freed, after spending four years as a hostage of the Taliban.

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11:19am

Wed October 22, 2014
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The Crime That Has Shocked Pakistan

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 12:53 pm

Abdul Sattar Edhi, 86, is an iconic figure in Pakistan who founded and runs the country's best-known charitable group. The Edhi Foundation was robbed of more than $1 million on Sunday, a crime that has provoked outrage.
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The man whom some revere as Pakistan's greatest living philanthropist wears a long white beard, simple robes fashioned from coarse dark-blue cotton, and an air of calm authority that contrasts strikingly with the raucous port city that is his home.

Abdul Sattar Edhi is sitting in the ramshackle building that serves as both his house and the headquarters of his giant charitable foundation that has, for decades, been saving lives among the helpless, lost, abandoned, abused and destitute of one of the world's toughest, roughest towns — Karachi.

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5:21am

Fri October 10, 2014
Asia

Pakistani Teen Shares Nobel Peace Prize

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 8:05 am

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12:46pm

Sun August 31, 2014
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Gaza's Shattered Airport, Once A Symbol Of Sovereignty

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 7:23 pm

The destroyed and deserted main gate of the Gaza international airport in the southern city of Rafah.
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It's hard to imagine a more compelling monument to the rise and fall of the Palestinian dream of statehood than the bombed-out ruins that the 1.8 million people of Gaza call their international airport.

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4:45pm

Tue August 26, 2014
Middle East

Decimated Tower Remains As Monument To Gaza War

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 8:07 pm

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Hours before that cease-fire was announced, a tall office and apartment building in Gaza was hit in an Israeli airstrike. It was mostly destroyed, but not entirely. NPR's Philip Reeves reports that it's now a prominent emblem of the devastation there.

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4:10pm

Thu August 21, 2014
Middle East

Israel Unrolls New Series Of Strikes Against Hamas Leadership

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 6:24 pm

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10:45am

Thu August 21, 2014
Middle East

Hamas Senior Leaders Killed In Predawn Israeli Airstrike

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 1:07 pm

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5:27pm

Tue August 19, 2014
Middle East

Blocked At The Border, Gaza Man's Hopes Of Escape Fade

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 7:38 pm

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4:09pm

Fri August 15, 2014
Middle East

Massive Rallies Descend On Islamabad, As Authorities Dig In Trenches

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 8:02 pm

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12:24pm

Thu August 14, 2014
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Pakistan's Mixed Message: Celebrations Amid A Security Lockdown

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 12:45 pm

Members of the Pakistani navy march at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, to celebrate Independence Day in Karachi. Security was heavy in the capital Islamabad as the government braced for protests in addition to the ceremonies and celebrations.
Fareed Khan AP

It is Independence Day in Pakistan, an occasion traditionally celebrated with military parades and grandiose speeches, with poetry and prayers, and with a great deal of flourishing of the national flag.

But 67 years after this nation was carved out of the subcontinent at the end of British colonial rule, the capital is spending the day gripped by anxiety, and partially paralyzed by a government-enforced lockdown.

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