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Donors Pledge Billions to Help Displaced Syrians

February 4th, 2016

Episode 631 of 901 episodes

It has been described as the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two. And today billions of dollars were pledged to help people displaced by the war in Syria, on the first day of an international donor conference in London. The BBC's Joshua Thorpe reports from the event, while Chris Doyle from the Council for Arab-British Understanding argues that simply throwing money at the crisis won't solve it. Modern Baku has been built on oil money - Azerbaijan's capital boasts high rise luxury hotels overlooking the Caspian Sea, and designer boutiques lined up along the grand avenues. But behind the show of wealth - Baku is now really feeling the pinch. The BBC's Elnara Mammodova reports. We also hear from the environmental campaigner George Monbiot, on how we might limit flooding as the effects of climate change worsen. And we talk to the director of a surprise Oscar nominee: a German-French co-production of a film directed by an Israeli Arab, about an encounter between Palestinian nuns and Israeli settlers.

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