Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.
As campaigning begins for Egypt's May election, former Arab League Secretary-General Amre Moussa tells Amara Walker that presidential favorite Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is right to stand up to "terrorists". But is a ban on the Muslim Brotherhood compatible with the constitution he has been helping to craft?
The Arab Spring promised so much, particularly for disillusioned young people and many women who had previously felt marginalized in society. But three years on, has progress been made?
In the second part of her group discussion in a Dubai café, Becky Anderson hears the views of regional experts on the roles of women and youths in today's Arab World, and the opportunities afforded to them.
Connect the World's new home in the UAE is a relative haven of stability in a volatile part of the world. But it's certainly not immune from the interwoven issues that keep its neighbors in the headlines.
In the latest of her café conversations, Becky Anderson sits down with three Middle East experts to gain their insights on Saudi Arabia, Syria and Egpyt. What does the future hold for these key regional players and how will what happens there impact the UAE and its GCC allies?
The latest Arab Youth Survey suggests that young people in the Arab world would rather live in the UAE than in any other country. And as Becky Anderson takes Connect the World on the road to Dubai, she hears from local students about their own aspirations for the future.
On Monday, an Egyptian court sentenced at least 528 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to death on charges related to violent riots last August, including the murder of a police officer.
Egyptian news site Ahram Online said it was the largest set of death sentences handed to defendants in the modern history of Egypt.
Another 683 people are also facing charges, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader Mohammed Badie.
To find out what these mass trials mean for the future of Egypt, Max spoke to Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson Abdullah El-Haddad, and political analyst and journalist Ashraf Khalil.
In El-Haddad's opinion the judiciary were not acting independently. He said that the trial was "just a kangaroo court,” and that the speed with which the verdict was delivered – after two sessions of twenty minutes each – indicated this. He also pointed out that, in comparison, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's trial had 48 sessions and took more than two years.
Khalil said that it is still unclear whether this result was influenced by the state's leadership, or whether it was an example of the Egyptian judiciary "pursuing its own agenda.”
In relation to what this means for the future of the country, El-Haddad said that nothing can be fixed until the current leadership is removed and held accountable for "crimes against humanity.”
Watch the full discussion above.