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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.

Should bullfighting be banned?

June 8th, 2010
03:20 PM ET

Catalonia became the first Spanish mainland region to ban bullfighting after its parliament voted Wednesday to outlaw the tradition on animal cruelty grounds.

The vote was 68 in favor and 55 against, with nine abstentions.

Those who see the ancient tradition as animal cruelty were ecstatic about the vote, celebrating in the street outside parliament. Fans of bullfighting said the decision, however, does not mean it will disappear from other regions in Spain.

Some analysts have said Catalan nationalism - including the desire by some in the region for independence from Spain - played a part in the vote. The upcoming regional elections for parliament later this year may have also had a role.

Bullfighting is an ancient tradition in Spain, and fans say it combines culture, ceremony and artistry. Opponents, however, consider it animal cruelty.

Activist Aida Gascon, of the Anti-Bullfighting Party, known as PACMA, said she has attended just one bullfight in her life, and that was only to get a sense of the bull's suffering.

"Bullfighting is part of Spanish culture," Gascon said. "But that should change. Many traditions disappear as the society advances."

We want to know what you think.

Should the tradition of bullfighting be banned? Is it unnecessary or is it a worthwhile custom that needs to be preserved?

Please let us know what you think and leave your comments below.


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Monday's Connector: A.R. Rahman

June 8th, 2010
01:59 PM ET

Allah Rakha Rahman is one of the world's most established and talented composers of Indian Tamil music and has dozens of awards to prove it.

A.R. Rahman is your Connector of the Day.

A.R. Rahman is your Connector of the Day.

In a career that began in the early 1990's, A.R. Rahman has also sold more than 150 million copies of his music and has created some of the most memorable movie soundtracks.

Rahman composed the film score to the award-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire" as well as dozens of Indian titled films.

He has won a number of highly coveted awards including two Academy awards, a Grammy, a Golden Globe and even a BAFTA.

Rahman was also awarded 14 Filmfare awards and "Time" Magazine even dubbed him as the Mozart of the madras.

The composer was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India in 1966 and both his father and mother were musically inclined - his father was both a composer and conductor.

In 1992, Rahman began composing music in a make shift recording studio in the backyard of his house. That studio subsequently has become one of the most advanced recording facilities in the country.

That same year, Rahman was approached by Mani Ratnam to compose the musical soundtrack for his film "Roja."

Rahman went on to win critical acclaim for his score and subsequently, Rahman's career skyrocketed in Indian cinema.

Tuesday's Connector: Ivana Trump

June 8th, 2010
12:33 PM ET

Ivana Trump, who was born Ivana Marie Zelníčková Winklmayr, is best known for her high-profile marriage to multi-millionaire developer and reality TV star, Donald Trump.

Ivana Trump is your Connector of the Day.

Ivana Trump is your Connector of the Day.

Born in 1949 in a small town in Czechoslovakia, Ivana was an avid skier and was even selected to be an alternate for the Czech Olympic ski team.

As part of her involvement in the sport, Ivana was given the opportunity to travel outside of Czechoslovakia and the region, and in 1968 married her childhood friend, George Syrovatka.

Because Syrovatka was a Canadian citizen, Ivana moved to live in Montreal for several years and worked as a model for a number of different clothing companies.

However, after Ivana was given the opportunity to move to New York City to help promote the Montreal Olympics, she divorced Syrovatka.

Soon afterwards, Ivana met real estate tycoon, Donald Trump.

The couple married in 1977 at a lavish wedding ceremony and the pair soon became leading figures in New York high society.

Ivana and Donald Trump worked on a number of large projects together, including the Taj Mahal Casino and Trump Tower.

Soon, Ivana moved quickly up the ranks of the Trump organization and was appointed vice-president of interior design.

The pair had three children together over the course of their marriage, but the couple divorced in 1992.

Ivana married twice after - Riccardo Mazzucchelli from 1995 to 1997 and Rossano Rubicondi from 2008 to 2009.

Soon after her divorce with Donald, Ivana quickly turned her attention to the business world and developed a line of jewellery, clothing and beauty products.

Ivana has also written a number of best-selling books including "Free to Love" and the "Best is yet to come."