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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.

Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Footballs Highlight World's Plastic Problem

June 25th, 2014
10:33 AM ET

Mandy Barker photographs over 700 footballs found on beaches around the world to highlight plastic debris in the ocean.


Filed under:  Activism • Climate change • Environment • Parting Shots • Soccer

Bangkok Park Becomes Protest Camp

May 20th, 2014
10:37 PM ET

Lumphini Park is Bangkok's answer to New York's Central Park. Until recently it was best known as an unlikely haven for urban wildlife. Now that wildlife shares the park with a steadfast anti-government protest group that has created a tented city within a city. Nicol Nicolson looks at the transformation.


Filed under:  Activism • General • Parting Shots • Photography

Copenhagen Zoo euthanizes four lions

March 27th, 2014
02:17 PM ET

The Copenhagen Zoo provoked outrage for its killing of a healthy giraffe named Marius in February.

Now, it's back in the spotlight after euthanizing four lions. The zoo argues that it was a necessary move, to accommodate a new male lion.  It explains that the new arrival would likely have attacked and killed two of the younger lions anyway.

To discuss the controversial practice of euthanasia by zoos, Max spoke to animal rights activist Mirja Holm Thansen.  She said "Copenhagen Zoo is playing God. It's immoral and unethical to interfere with the circle of life by killing healthy animals."

Connect the World also asked Copenhagen Zoo whether they wanted to appear on the program, but they responded that they had nothing more to say on the matter.

Text: Copenhagen Zoo kills 4 lions, weeks after shooting giraffe

Video: Zoo director debates giraffe decision


Filed under:  Activism • Denmark • Europe

UN International Happiness Day

March 21st, 2014
03:12 PM ET

Does being happy make you healthier? Do genetics play a role in happiness?

Thursday was the UN’s International Day of Happiness. To mark it, Connect the World investigated the pursuit of happiness, and the science behind it.

Becky spoke to Ludvig Lindstrom, President of the World Happiness Organization, about how we measure happiness.

She also spoke to Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness.  He said that while happiness is important, it doesn’t mean that everyone has to be happy all the time. "Today's day is about saying our priorities in life are about being able to live the best possible and the happiest possible life, but recognising that every life has good and bad situations."

Becky then took to the streets to ask Londoners what makes them happy.  Their answers may surprise you!


Filed under:  Activism • Becky's Interviews • Video

Did Pastor promote homophobia in Uganda?

February 26th, 2014
02:17 PM ET

Earlier this week, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a bill into law, introducing life imprisonment for those who engage in "aggravated homosexuality."  Just one day later, a tabloid newspaper in Uganda published a list of the country's "top 200 homosexuals."  Surveys show that 96% of the Ugandan public says society should not be accepting of homosexuality.

But where has this anti-gay sentiment in Uganda come from?  One source may be that of American evangelical Christians, who have assumed a growing influence in the country and advocated against gay lifestyles.

One of the most well known is American pastor and lawyer Scott Lively.  Becky spoke with him about his missionary work on Connect the World.  She began by asking Lively for his reaction to the new law in Uganda.

"I have mixed feelings about that," Lively said.  "I support parts of it, the parts that have increased penalties for homosexual abuse of children and intentionally spreading AIDS through sodomy.  But the parts dealing with simple homosexuality I don't agree with.  They're far too harsh."

Lively said that Ugandan culture and history itself was the main source of the anti-gay sentiment seen there.  "No American evangelicals taught the Ugandans how to be against homosexuality," he said.

When asked whether he was an extremist, Lively replied that "an extremist is in the eye of the beholder."


Filed under:  Activism • Africa • Analysis • Becky's Interviews • Global Connections • London • Religion • United States • Video
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