Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.
@YazanHalwani is a Lebanese street artist who combines Arabic calligraphy with modern graffiti to create stunning street murals on walls across Beirut. His work is inherently political as it challenges the dominant narratives of the city's public spheres.
The conflict between Israel and Hamas comes at a time when there are many unresolved crises roiling across the region. From the ongoing civil war in Syria to the rise of ISIS in Iraq, this is a region on the brink. Becky sat down with Lebanon's Prime Minister Tammam Salam in Beirut to find out how he views what's happening in his neighbourhood and how his government plans to deal with the myriad security challenges it faces.
Becky also spoke to leading opposition candidate Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu about upcoming Turkish presidential elections. He's a joint candidate fro the Republican People's Party and the Nationalist Movement Party and is a leading Turkish academic and former Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Check out why he thinks Turkey needs to get back to its principles in foreign and domestic policies.
For more than eleven years, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been at the helm of this nation of more than 80 million. But he's not ready to fade from the political limelight. Becky sat down with for an exclusive interview about the situation unfolding in Gaza and his strong reactions to what Israel is doing on the ground there. She also asked him about his recent comments that Egypt's new president El-Sisi is a "tyrant."
The novelist Orhan Pamuk once said about Istanbul that "life can't be all that bad...whatever happens, I can always take a long walk along the Bosphorus." It's a fitting tribute from one of the city's greatest voices, and the only Turk to win a Nobel Prize. Becky sat down with the world-class author at the Museum of Innocence in Istanbul for a chat about writing, politics and what it means to be Turkish.