The number of Syrian refugees has now topped 1.4 million. Most of them have fled to neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. But these host countries are struggling to cope with the influx of refugees. Life in the camps is getting worse and cities are reaching capacity limits, with lack of shelter, poor sanitation and overcrowded healthcare facilities.
The relationship between Iran and Israel has been strained for decades. With Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s hostility towards Israel and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s threats of attacking Iran, mistrust has deeply plagued the once close relationship. But could the two apparent adversaries really be natural born allies?
Nearly a year after his election, many people who voted for French President François Hollande are disappointed. And, increasingly, the radical left led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon seems an attractive alternative. Sean Rose speaks to Sophie Heine, lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, about current left-wing ideology.
Before he was expelled from Syria last June by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, Father Paolo Dall'Oglio spent three decades promoting inter-faith dialogue from an ancient desert monastery north of Damascus. From exile, he's been urging the international community to protect the Syrian people and bring an end to the bloodshed. Douglas Herbert asks him whether it’s too late.
Since the tax fraud scandal involving former Budget Minister Jérôme Cahuzac, France’s Socialist government is all about transparency and ethics. Our guest today, Noëlle Lenoir, is in charge of preventing MPs’ conflicts of interest at the National Assembly. She tells Douglas Herbert whether or not President Hollande’s proposed law goes far enough.