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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.

$620K for a bottle of booze. Worth it?

January 23rd, 2014
03:12 PM ET

Sotheby’s has sold what they say is the world’s most expensive bottle of whisky to a private collector in Hong Kong for $628,000.

Can a bottle of booze be worth that much, or is the cheap stuff just as good?

"In terms of how much it costs, it's got to be on how much was made in the first place," says Patrick Hobbs from Boisdale Whisky Bar.  "If it was a long time ago, did they have the raw ingredients to make it?"

Becky took a seat at the bar to find out what makes a whisky worth the price tag.


Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • London • Parting Shots

'U.S. trying to kill it's way to victory'

January 23rd, 2014
03:11 PM ET

It's nominated for one of Hollywood's biggest honors, but the events traced by the documentary "Dirty Wars" take place a world away.

Up for Best Documentary at this year's Oscars, the film traces investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill to Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen, where he looks into the ongoing "war on terror."

Becky spoke with Scahill about his journey – and his new project with fellow journalist Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who first wrote about the Edward Snowden leaks.  


Filed under:  American politics • Analysis • Middle East • United States

Ukraine opposition: We're ready to attack

January 23rd, 2014
03:00 PM ET

Violence has flared in the streets of Kiev, as demonstrators protest against the implementation of a new law.  The legislation is aimed at limiting protest, and includes measures banning wearing helmets to demonstrations or setting up sound equipment without police permission.  The latest deadly clashes between demonstrators and police come after months of mostly peaceful protest, triggered by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to back out of a treaty with the European Union.

Becky spoke to Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko about the ongoing protests in Kiev.  Klitschko warned that the opposition would "attack" without concessions from the government – but clarified that he wasn't advocating more violence.

"We are not planning real attack," Klitschko said.  "Attack meaning protest, and we are calling for a Ukrainian strike.  It's an attack of the people."

Klitschko also said he's eagerly awaiting a second round of discussions with the Ukrainian president – and that "a lot" would depend on the outcome of those talks.


Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • Europe • Video

Al-Assad adviser: People decide who rules

January 23rd, 2014
01:59 PM ET

Direct talks between the Syrian government and opposition delegations are scheduled for Friday, but as the first day of talks in Switzerland drew to a close, Becky spoke to Bouthaina Shaaban.  She's a Senior Adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.  Becky asked her why Assad was so resistant to stepping aside in the interests of peace.

"Why do they decide from the Western world that Bashar al-Assad stands in the way of peace?"  Shaaban responded.  "Do we have the right to decide that any Western leader is not good for his people?  Or is it the people usually who decide in every country who should be a president?"

Becky also pressed Shaaban on the photos of alleged torture victims that have emerged in recent days – evidence that experts say could amount to war crimes charges.  Shaaban said the pictures were simply "part of the lies" circulated about Syria in recent years.

Shaaban insisted that peace could only be achieved by the Syrian people – and not by the international community.  "All Syrian people want peace, not only me, but it is not up to the people who have never been in Syria or up to the people who have been out of Syria for thirty years who don't know at all what's happening on the ground to decide how peace can be made.  It is the Syrian people who are living through these horrid times who decide how peace can be made."


Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • Middle East • Syria