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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.

Future Connector: Alicia Keys

November 30th, 2010
05:36 PM ET

Known for her sweet sounding voice and beautiful piano melodies, Alicia Keys is shifting her focus from music to charity in a bid to raise money for AIDS research.

Keys is leading the push behind a new initiative called "Digital Life Sacrifice" which is trying to raise money and awareness for the Keep a Child Alive charity which is linked to World Aids Day on December 1.

The initiative, which already has the backing of others like Usher, Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake will see the celebs cease to update their Twitter and Facebook pages until their followers donate a million dollars.

To show that Keys and her celebrity friends are taking the charitable push seriously, they're going to be pictured in coffins to symbolize their 'digital' death.

Here's your chance to quiz Alicia Keys on this important cause.

Please leave your comments for Keys below and be sure to include where you're writing from.

You can also leave your comments by visiting our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CNNconnect.

Who should host 2018 and 2022 World Cup?

November 30th, 2010
01:14 PM ET

It is one of the biggest sporting spectacles on the planet and every four years, someone can call themselves hosts for the FIFA World Cup.

Brazil will be the next host in 2014 - just two year before the country hosts the summer Olympic Games.

The decision for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup will be announced this Thursday, but the bidding process has already been overshadowed by allegations of corruption and bribery.

Cameroonian Issa Hayatou was one of three FIFA officials - including Nicolas Leoz from Paraguay and Ricardo Teixeira from Brazil - who were named by the BBC as having taken bribes from the ISL marketing company who went onto secure valuable World Cup rights in the 1990s.  

The BBC has been criticized for airing the damaging program just three days before FIFA members are to vote on a winner.

The other countries vying for the 2018 World Cup are Russia with joint bids from Spain and Portugal and the Netherlands and Belgium.

There doesn't seem to be a runaway favorite for 2018, but bookmakers have Spain and Portugal as odds on favorite with England now being dubbed an 'underdog.'

While the 2018 tournament is sure to go to a European country, the continent for the 2022 World Cup is much less certain.

South Korea, Japan, Australia, Qatar and the United States are all in the running for the tournament which are more than a decade away.

Japan and South Korea jointly held the World Cup in 2002 so are seen as an unlikely choice. Australia and the United States are being viewed as the favorites, but FIFA may choose to award the games to Qatar as a middle eastern country has never hed the tournament.

We want to know what you think.

Do you think that these allegations of bribery that aired on British television will hurt the England's chances of holding the World Cup? What country do you think will win the 2018 and 2022 bids? What will the World Cup mean to your country?

Please leave your predictions and comments below and be sure to tell us where you're writing from.


Filed under:  General

Tuesday's Connector: David Hasselhoff

November 30th, 2010
11:37 AM ET

David Hasselhoff is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as "The Most Watched TV Star in the World.” You probably remember him as the hunky lifeguard in the 90’s TV series Baywatch. Before he rode the jet ski, he starred in Knight Rider – the 1980’s U.S. science-fiction series. In between those two television programs he launched a successful German-language pop career.

But you don’t become the most watched TV star in the world on only two programs. Hasselhoff also played Dr. William "Snapper" Foster, Jr. on U.S. soap opera The Young and the Restless in the late 70’s and 80’s.

In the 2000’s he judged contestants on America’s Got Talent and then was judged as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.

He's publicly battled alcohol and in 2007 a home video surfaced of an intoxicated Hasselhoff eating a cheeseburger on the floor.

His daughter, Taylor Ann was filming the video and repeatedly says to her famous father, "Tell me you are going to stop." After the incident Hasselhoff admitted that he had suffered a “brief relapse... . I have seen the tape. I have learned from it and I am back on my game.”

Monday's Connector: P.J. O'Rourke

November 25th, 2010
05:34 PM ET

American P.J. O'Rourke may have one of the most entertaining jobs in the United States - he gets to poke fun at politicians.

O'Rourke is a well-known satirist, journalist, writer, and author of 16 books. He is also well a well-known contributor to publications such as "Atlantic Monthly" and the "Weekly Standard."

The 63-year-old writer is out with a new book called "Don't Vote It Just Encourages the Bastards" which takes aim at the current state of American politics.

O'Rourke analyzes and takes a fresh look through humor some of the most important political debates in American history - everything from health care, bipartisanship to even the subject of democracy itself.

Here's your chance to have your questions answered by P.J. O'Rourke.

Do you want to know how he thinks President Obama is doing? Maybe if he were in charge he would run things differently? Are you curious who he thinks will win in 2012?

Please leave your questions for P.J. O'Rourke below and be sure to include where you're writing from.

You can also leave questions via our Facebook page which is www.facebook.com/CNNconnect or by tweeting Becky Anderson at www.twitter.com/BeckyCNN.

YouTube kid strikes big on social media

November 25th, 2010
04:33 PM ET
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