Philip Reeves http://www.kplu.org en Pakistani Juice Drink Packs A Sweet And Spicy Punch http://www.kplu.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 16:59:49 +0000 Philip Reeves 17139 at http://www.kplu.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://www.kplu.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 18:32:16 +0000 Philip Reeves 17117 at http://www.kplu.org Pakistan May Not Have Made The World Cup Cut, But The Ball Is Another Story Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis http://www.kplu.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 21:10:23 +0000 Philip Reeves 16076 at http://www.kplu.org Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis In Pakistan, Another Bhutto Joins The Risky Family Business http://www.kplu.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 18:46:05 +0000 Philip Reeves 13276 at http://www.kplu.org In Pakistan, Another Bhutto Joins The Risky Family Business A rough guide to what will happen at tomorrow's papal conclave http://www.kplu.org/post/rough-guide-what-will-happen-tomorrows-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 17:57:14 +0000 Philip Reeves 7939 at http://www.kplu.org A rough guide to what will happen at tomorrow's papal conclave Boris Gets Left Hanging, But The Joke's Rarely On London's Savvy Mayor http://www.kplu.org/post/boris-gets-left-hanging-jokes-rarely-londons-savvy-mayor <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxDwxNcURTU</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 15:15:20 +0000 Philip Reeves 5850 at http://www.kplu.org Boris Gets Left Hanging, But The Joke's Rarely On London's Savvy Mayor Video previewing London 2012 Opening Ceremony released http://www.kplu.org/post/video-previewing-london-2012-opening-ceremony-released <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4Jq6w1Vlls</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 00:14:50 +0000 Philip Reeves 5737 at http://www.kplu.org Video previewing London 2012 Opening Ceremony released