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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.

Thursday's Connector: Philippe Cousteau Jr

May 26th, 2010
06:40 PM ET

As the Gulf of Mexico continues to be battered by the effects of the largest oil spill in US history, one conservationist with a famous family name is warning that the permanent effects could last a lifetime.

Philippe Cousteau is your Connector of the Day.

Philippe Cousteau is your Connector of the Day.

Philippe Cousteau Jr, the grandson of famous explorer, Jacques Cousteau, recently scuba dived into an area of the Gulf that was affected by the spill and said it was an "absolute nightmare".

Cousteau also said that a chemical dispersant being used to absorb the oil wasn't effective.

"We were about 15 to 20 feet down and it was dispersed into smaller and smaller particles throughout the water column in these billowing clouds that were just circling us, encompassing us in this toxic soup," Cousteau told CNN.

"It was very, very alarming."

Cousteau also wrote on his blog that his grandfather, Jacques would have been "horrified" by the spill.

"I know that my father and grandfather would have been doing this if they were alive and that they would have been just as horrified by what they saw as I was."

Tuesday's Connector: Alastair Campbell

May 26th, 2010
05:04 PM ET

Alastair Campbell is the highest profile press secretary that Britain’s ever seen.

Alastair Campbell answers your questions.

Alastair Campbell answers your questions.

Tony Blair made Campbell his official spokesman right after winning the Labour leadership battle in 1994. For the decade in government, Campbell was Blair’s right hand man.

He was even called to testify at the Iraq Inquiry about Blair’s decision to invade.

His cunning campaigning led the Labour party to a landslide election win in 1997 and again in 2001, by which time Campbell was the government’s director of communications.

Campbell came a long way to reach the top.

The son of a Scottish vet, his first job was writing pornographic stories for men’s magazine Forum.

He crossed over to more serious subject matter as a correspondent for "The Daily Mirror," eventually rising to political editor.

As the only major Labour backer, "The Daily Mirror" gave Campbell the perfect chance to build up party contacts.

Despite quitting involvement in the government in 2003, Campbell just couldn’t keep away from politics.

He published a tell-all diary about his time in office called "The Blair Years" in 2007 and campaigned for the Labour party in the latest general election.

Next month, Campbell will come out with a new, unedited version of his life in the Labour party from 1994 to 1997 in a new book.

We want to know what you think so send in your questions to the sultan of spin, Alastair Campbell.

Please leave your questions below and remember to tell us where you're writing from.

Should sex education be taught in kindergarten?

May 26th, 2010
03:11 PM ET

Kindergarten school children in parts of Indonesia are being taught sex education lessons in a bid to warn them of the dangers of sexual abuse, but the move is being criticized by some within the country.

Teachers armed with dolls in a handful of schools are tackling a previously taboo subject in the world's largest Muslim country.

The lessons are part of a pilot program that started back in 2006 which is a joint effort between the Indonesian Planned Parenthood Association and The World Population Fund.

The program aims to break social taboos in Indonesian culture, but most importantly, to let children know when they are being approached by a sexual predator, according to Lucy Henry from the Indonesian Planned Parenthood Association.

However, the program has had its fair share of controversy.

"Our early days were filled with people protesting," Henry told CNN.

"They resisted because they didn't know what kind of a program this is, there was even a case when they threatened our teacher with knives."

There are no accurate statistics on sexual harassment in the country, but children from poorer areas who tend to roam the streets are easier victims according to Henry.

However, Henry said the lessons are paying off.

"We're seeing students respecting their bodies and the girls have more courage to speak to the boys and to bluntly tell them if there's something they don't like," Henry said.

We want to know what you think.

Should sex education be taught in kindergartens? Do you think that it might be too young?


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