Connect the World takes viewers on a journey across continents, beyond headlines and into histories of the stories that are changing our world.
Becky looks at "12 Years a Slave" and Filipino crime thriller "Metro Manila", which has been a hit with critics.
Yesterday, The New York Times published an op-ed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The piece garnered significant attention across media outlets worldwide, with varying opinions emerging about the piece.
In this debate, Becky gets a variety of perspectives on President Putin's piece by speaking with Fyodor Lukyanov, the editor in chief of Russia in Global Affairs Magazine, Semih Idiz, a contributing writer for Al-Monitor in Turkey, and Miriam Elder, the foreign editor at BuzzFeed in New York.
In 1984, Ribal al-Assad, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's cousin, was exiled from Syria with his family amidst allegations that his father, Rifaat al-Assad, was responsible for the Hama massacre. Ribal was only 9 at the time, and has been living abroad ever since.
Despite being away from his home country, Ribal closely monitors events in Syria. He is the founder of the Organization for Democracy and Freedom in Syria and has spoken out against his cousin numerous times. But in this interview with Becky, Ribal acknowledged that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad appears to be making concessions.