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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Understanding the dynamics of Iraq and Iran

October 21st, 2014
05:27 PM ET

As new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrives for talks in Tehran, we examine why their conversations deserve a wide audience. Becky Anderson hosts a debate between Iranian political analyst Mohammad Ali Shabani and Dubai-based political negotiator Ali Khedery, covering anti-Shia violence in Iraq, the impact of ISIS, proxy diplomacy with Washington and the elephant in the room as negotiations continue – Saudi Arabia.


Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • Breaking News • Iran • Middle East • United States

Life under ISIS parodied in Iraqi TV show

October 21st, 2014
05:06 PM ET

Black humor can often calm our nerves when we're confronting our darkest fears. For people living in Bagjdad, the threat of living under ISIS rule has become very real, as the militants creep closer to the Iraqi capital. A local TV show risks retaliation from the terrorist group by parodying life under them. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.


Filed under:  Breaking News • Middle East • Parting Shots

After Gadhafi: U.S. Ambassador to Libya on a country in crisis

October 20th, 2014
05:38 PM ET

Three years ago today, Colonel Moammar Gadhafi was killed. If his death was supposed to herald a positive new, democratic dawn for Libya, that hasn't materialized. If anything, the country has only taken a turn for the worse.

Two years ago last month, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed in the most publicized act of violence since Gadhafi's fall. His successor Deborah Jones – who has been forced to vacate Tripoli in light of the recent security meltdown – talks to CNN's Becky Anderson about why the international community has turned its back on a country it fought to liberate – and where Libya goes from here.


Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • Breaking News • Middle East • NATO

Tatanaki: Libyan Revolution Not Planned Well

October 20th, 2014
05:21 PM ET

It's been exactly three years since Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed - and his death has left a deep power vacuum in the country. Islamist militias in the west are battling the internationally-recognized government in the east– for control of the country and it's vast resources. Dozens have reportedly been killed in fierce fighting between pro=government forces and militias in benghazi in the last week alone.

Becky spoke to Libyan businessman Hassan Tatanaki who was a key backer of the revolution that overthrew Gadhafi. He says the uprising was plagued by radicals and extremists from the beginning.

 

 

Queen Rania: Education is First Line of Defense Against ISIS

October 20th, 2014
03:35 PM ET

The United Nations says Syrian refugees now number over three million. The official figures are high enough but when you add estimates of unregistered refugees from regional governments the problem is even worse than what we're hearing from the UN agencies.

They've taken shelter in neighboring countries looking for food, shelter and work, and by doing so putting huge pressure on their host economies struggling to provide for them. Jordan, for example, is giving refuge to 1.4 million Syrians – 80 thousand of them living in the Zaatari Refugee Camp, which is one of the largest in the world.

Last week, Becky got a chance to sit down with Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan to talk about the impact of the refugee crisis on Jordan and to get her views about the rise of extremist groups such as ISIS.

She says one of the most important issues for countries like Jordan is seeing that "the international community is going to step in and help" with both urgent humanitarian needs and longer-term infrastructure demands.

Her Majesty also spoke about the need to deal with the "emotional scars" left by the conflicts in Syria, Gaza and Iraq, warning that a generation constantly exposed to violence becomes vulnerable and becomes "more ready to accept and be influenced by extreme ideology."

Queen Rania also addressed the rise of groups such as ISIS and said one of the worst crimes they've committed is "against Islam and associating it with extremism."

You can follow Her Majesty Queen Rania on Twitter @QueenRania and on Instagram: http://instagram.com/queenrania.

 

 

 

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