Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.
Libya is on the brink of another bloody power struggle just three years after rebel militias toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Now, the rebels who helped push the old regime out have turned on themselves fighting for control of the country and its vast oil resources. But, this is not only an internal fight. Find out how regional actors are also getting involved making Libya the latest arena for a wider proxy war.
American journalist Peter Curtis was released after nearly two years in captivity in Syria. His mother has told media outlets she wasn't convinced her son was actually alive– and demanded proof from intermediaries working to free him. She also said the first person she contacted after her son's release– was the mother of the beheaded american journalist James Foley - to make sure she didn't hear the news from the media first. Qatar helped broker Curtis' release and that's once again raised questions not only about the country's influence with extremist groups –but also about the role played by the U.S.
CNN's Jon Jensen was recently deployed to Gaza to cover the war between Israel and Hamas. He reflects on the tragic scenes he witnessed while covering the conflict and what it meant to be on the ground.
From civil strife in the Middle East to a deadly disease outbreak in West Africa - the world is facing lots of challenges right now. But amid all the misery - the thousands of humanitarian aid workers who risk their own lives to help others– bring us a glimmer of hope. According to a new report compiled by the Humanitarian Outcomes group, 2013 was the most dangerous yet for aid workers. They released their report to coincide with World Humanitarian Day. And in today's show we paid tribute to the men and women who symbolize the human spirit by hearing from one of their own–Saleh Dabbakeh of the ICRC in Iraq.
Attempts to hammer out a long-term peace deal between Israeli and Palestinian authorities were dealt a blow earlier this year when Israel pulled out of the U.S.-sponsored talks. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was angered by the formation of a Palestinian unity government involving both Fatah and Hamas - as he considers the latter a terrorist group. But Fatah's Deputy Secretary-General Sabri Saidam tells Becky that the recent war in Gaza shouldn't be viewed as a war between Israel and Hamas and that it should be viewed as part of the larger Palestinian-Israeli conflict. He also says Israel failed to achieve any of its goals in Gaza.