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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.

Can low-tech solution solve water crisis?

August 31st, 2009
10:48 AM ET

For millions in the developing world, water can be as dangerous as it is life saving, spreading life-threatening diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera.

Is enough being done to ensure that the developing world has clean water?

Every day men, women and children are forced to drink, bathe and wash clothes and utensils in fetid supplies ripe with sewage.

One such slum is Kibera, part of the Kenyan capital Nairobi – but residents there hope that a low-tech solution is at hand.

Locals now collect water from infected tanks, pour it into clear plastic bottles and then leave them on tin rooftops for at least six hours.

Laboratory tests reveal that the sun kills dangerous disease-spreading bacteria by zapping them with UV radiation and heat through a process known as solar disinfection.

An estimated two million people around the world are now using solar disinfection to draw clean water.

Is enough being done to ensure that the developing world has clean water? Are low-tech solutions losing out to higher-cost developments?

Let us know what you think and we will use some of the comments on tonight's show, when you can also watch David McKenzie’s report from Kibera.

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Six Degrees: Bernanke to Wintour

August 27th, 2009
01:53 PM ET

It's that time of the week again!

Get your thinking caps on, we're handing down our Six Degrees challenge.

All you need to do is connect two newsmakers who have hit the headlines in six moves.

This week we want you to link Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve who was nominated for a second term this week, to Vogue editor-in-chief and star of the new documentary "The September Issue," Anna Wintour.

Leave your submissions in the comments section below, and the team will pick the most creative connection, and I'll announce the winner on Friday's show.

Still need some inspiration? Check this out ...

Last week's winner was Sally, who connected superstar runner Usain Bolt to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. Here’s how she did it …

Usain Bolt has trained with...

football star Cristiano Ronaldo, who played for Portugal under...

Luiz Felipe Scolari, who managed a Brazil team that included...

Teddy Sheringham, who played for Tottenham Hotspur under...

Jurgen Klinsmann, who has been interviewed by...

Becky Anderson, who has also interviewed...

Hamid Karzai.

Reckon you can do better? Then try your hand at connecting Ben Bernanke and Anna Wintour. Remember: you need five other people between those two: no more, no less. If you want your friends to take the challenge as well, then click the "share post" button below.

To see previous challenges, click here. Happy connecting!

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Should teen sailor's plan be scuttled?

August 27th, 2009
09:38 AM ET

As 17-year-old Mike Perham from England looks set to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world, a young Dutch girl four years his junior is already setting her sights on eclipsing that record.

However, Laura Dekker, 13, faces a court battle as welfare services in the Netherlands bid to stop her quest.

Should a 13-year-old Dutch girl be allowed to sail solo around the world?

Laura's parents support her plans but the Dutch Council for Child Protection believes the trip is too dangerous and wants temporary custody of the teen.

What do you think? Is it irresponsible to allow a child of this age to embark on such a challenge or should her spirit of adventure be supported?

Let us know your thoughts below — and we’ll use them as part of our coverage in the show tonight.


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Is it right to drop a fasting footballer?

August 26th, 2009
12:26 PM ET

Football coach Jose Mourinho, ever the headline creator, has caused further outcry this week after he substituted Ghanaian midfielder Sulley Muntari from his Inter Milan side in an Italian league game against Bari.

Is it fair for Sulley Muntari to be dropped because of the effects of his religious practices?
Is it fair for Sulley Muntari to be dropped because of the effects of his religious practices?

Taking a tired player from the field of play was hardly breaking news - or at least it wasn't until Mourinho revealed the move had been prompted because the player's perceived "low-energy levels" were as a result of fasting.

Muntari is a practising Muslim who, like many of the same faith around the world, is currently not eating during the hours of daylight to mark the Ramadan holy period.

A clearly irked Mourinho said at a post-match press conference: "Muntari had some problems related to Ramadan, perhaps with this heat it's not good for him to be doing this (fasting). Ramadan has not arrived at the ideal moment for a player to play a football match."

Muslim leaders in Italy have criticized the opinions of the coach known as the "Special One" - but Mourinho did not rule out the possibility of dropping the player for the Milan derby, between arch rivals Inter Milan and AC Milan, this weekend for the same reason.

Is it right to drop a fasting footballer?
Elsewhere in Italy, fellow Muslim and Siena striker Abdelkader Ghezzal, added to the debate by revealing he cannot fast and play at the same time.

"I've always observed Ramadan but I have had to change my habits for health reasons from the first year that I became a professional," he said. "Before that I played at Crotone [while fasting] but after two weeks I felt ill and had to stop."

Is Mourinho right to take account of how religious practices may affect his players' performance? Is it wrong to drop a fasting footballer whose energy levels may be lower than his teammates? Or can a player of faith perform better in a period of self-enforced discipline? Can sport and religion be separated in a satisfactory way?

Let us know your thoughts below - and we’ll use them as part of our coverage in the show tonight.

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Would you consider giving up Scotch?

August 24th, 2009
09:20 AM ET

Americans outraged at the release of the Lockerbie bomber are being urged to boycott Scottish products, including Scotch Whisky - an industry worth over £3 billion a year.

Would you give up Scotch whisky in protest at the release of the Lockerbie bomber?
The call comes from a newly set-up American Web site which calls the release of al Megrahi by the Scottish government an "outrageous miscarriage of justice and a betrayal of the victims' families."

It will put more pressure on the ruling party in Scotland, the SNP, which decided to free al Megrahi, and which today is being forced to justify the decision to a specially convened meeting of the Scottish Parliament.

Connect the World tonight at 2000 GMT will follow the Scottish debate and examine the possible effects of a boycott of Scottish goods and services. What's your view? Is the boycott call a gross over-reaction, or a justified response to a major blunder by Scotland's political leaders?

Will you consider giving up Scotch? Send us your thoughts, and we'll use them as part of our coverage tonight.

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