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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.

Send your questions to John Kerry

September 30th, 2009
09:25 PM ET

John Kerry, one of America's most respected and foremost political figures, joins Connect the World Thursday to discuss Afghanistan and the threat posed by climate change.

John Kerry, left, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, pictured earlier this month.
John Kerry, left, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, pictured earlier this month.

The Democrat Senator from Massachusetts is best known for his bid for the White House in 2004, when he was defeated by incumbent president George W. Bush. In January 2008 Kerry endorsed fellow Democrat Barack Obama in his successful campaign to assume the Oval Office. What would you ask John Kerry?

Kerry, the chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, has brought his long-standing experience – a decorated war veteran, he saw active service in Vietnam – to the national debate about the Afghan conflict.

In this week's Wall Street Journal he urged caution on calls to deploy more troops, saying that the United States has to also consider the possibility of a "well-honed counter-terrorism strategy" as well as defining how it plans to exit the conflict.

"Before we send more of our young men and women to this war, we need a fuller debate about what constitutes success in Afghanistan," Kerry wrote

Kerry is also campaigning, along with fellow Democrat senator Barbara Boxer, for the adoption of a climate bill, known as the "Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act."

The legislation seeks to cut greenhouse gas emissions during the next decade, encourage sustainable farming and provide incentives for natural gas and nuclear power production.

John Kerry will be joining CNN's Becky Anderson on Thursday: post your comments below and we will use some of them in the show.

Have your say on the Olympics

September 30th, 2009
02:52 PM ET

LONDON, England – Join presenter Becky Anderson and the Connect the World team this Thursday, Oct. 1, for another live post-show text chat - via Skype - with CNN viewers and Web users.

Join CNN’s Becky Anderson Thursday to discuss the cities hoping for Olympic glory.
Join CNN’s Becky Anderson Thursday to discuss the cities hoping for Olympic glory.

This is your chance to connect directly with Becky and the team to discuss Thursday's show.

This week we will be looking at the global gathering of them all - the Olympic Games. In Copenhagen tomorrow the International Olympic Committee will choose from Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo to host the 2016 summer Olympic Games.

Who do you think deserves to see the torch lit in their city in seven years time? Is your hometown worthy of staging the Olympics? Which cities have never held the honor – but deserves their stab at sporting glory?

If you want to have your say then make sure you join in with Thursday’s chat.

The Connect the World live chat is powered by Skype and it’s free to sign up — all you need to take part is a Skype username.

Just click on the link from the Connect the World homepage.

If you have problems accessing the chat, please make sure you are using the latest version of Skype or check the Skype help pages.


Filed under:  General

Connector of the day: Roger Moore

September 30th, 2009
06:56 AM ET

The actor best known for his portrayal of suave British spy James Bond, Roger Moore is leading the fight against the production of a food stuff his movie alter ego would have loved to accompany his favorite tipple, a Martini - shaken not stirred of course.

Roger Moore in 70s TV series The Persuaders.
Roger Moore in 70s TV series The Persuaders.

Moore, who appeared in seven Bond movies from 1973 to 1985, is leading the fight against foie gras, which is made from the enlarged liver of a duck or goose.

According to campaign group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the animals involved in the process are force-fed for the pate, and have branded the process "naked cruelty."

It is the latest in a long line of causes the actor, who became an international superstar after appearing in cult series The Saint, has become involved with.

Formally trained as an actor, Moore's interpretation of the Bond role saw him portray the 007 character as a playboy with a light touch.

However his onscreen presence belies a serious side to his character. For almost a quarter of a century he has been a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.

What do you want to ask Roger? Send us your questions and we'll put them to him during the show on Wednesday.

Preparing for the worst

September 29th, 2009
06:47 PM ET

(CNN) - After lashing the Philippines for several days, Typhoon Ketsana has now turned its focus on Vietnam.

Filipino pedestrians in Quezon City, a suburb of Manila, brave Tropical Storm Ketsana's floodwaters.
Filipino pedestrians in Quezon City, a suburb of Manila, brave Tropical Storm Ketsana's floodwaters.

Ketsana left at least 246 people dead as it passed over the Philippines. Another 38 people are still missing, according to the nation's National Disaster Coordinating Council.

Nearly two million people have been affected by the killer storm and 567,000 people had been evacuated.

Read more about the story here.

Ketsana comes only weeks after the region was ravaged by another storm –- Typhoon Morakot – which claimed the lives of almost 400 people in Taiwan.

The island’s premiere Liu Chao-shiuan tendered his resignation after coming under fire for reacting slowly to the crisis. The storm triggered mudslides that wiped out entire villages in mountainous regions of southern Taiwan.

Now the Filipino government is trying to face down criticism it too was caught unprepared by a storm that left almost 80 percent of its capital, Manila, under water at one point on Sunday.

While there’s an obvious argument for greater preparedness in a region prone to tropical storms, the ferocity of the typhoons may indicate something altogether more difficult to legislate for – climate change.

Scientists around the globe are looking closely at all the evidence associated with global warming to come up with predictions for our future environment and weather.

They speculate over whether we're likely to see an increase in sea levels or an increase in flooding, and wonder what can be done to protect those most at risk.

Is it fair for the likes of  Taiwan and the Philippines to be criticized for their response to events possibly symptomatic of a problem we’re all responsible for?

Tell us what you think and we will use some of your comments in the show.


Filed under:  General

Connector of the day: Vali Nasr

September 28th, 2009
08:22 PM ET

The secret to defeating Islamic extremists may well lie in targeting the Muslim world's ever increasing middle class.

Vali Nasr is an expert in Middle Eastern affairs.
Vali Nasr is an expert in Middle Eastern affairs.

That is just one of the many theories put forward in a new book by one of the world's most distinguished Middle Eastern commentators.

As an academic and scholar, the opinions and thoughts of Vali Nasr are sought by politicians the world over.

In his latest book “Forces of Fortune,” he suggests many solutions to the problems that have beset relations between Muslim countries and the West.

A senior advisor to the Obama administration, this is your opportunity to send questions to one of the most respected thinkers of our time.

What do you want to ask Vali Nasr? Send us your questions and we'll put them to him during the show on Tuesday.

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