Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.
While the world's eyes are on the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, another very real problem is Libya. A country in chaos to put it lightly; not helped by the fact that two rival governments there are fighting for power. Recently, the country's Supreme Court ruled that the internationally recognized parliament is unconstitutional sparking fears the country could descend into a full blown civil war. Becky spoke to French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to ask him about his country instrumental role in the ousting of Libya's former ruler Moammar Ghaddafi back in 2011. He says its now up to the Libyans to work out what they want.
Each week, hundreds of migrants board boats to make the perilous crossing to Europe in search of a better life. They come from all over the world especially from parts countries experiencing major political turmoil. Many of the boats don't make it to shore resulting in countless people drowning in the waters of the Mediterranean. Many of those stories often goes unreported.
Recently, some European countries have raised concerns about the efforts underway to solve the problem. But, as the political debate continues a pair of philanthropists has set out to tackle it themselves.Regina & Chris Catrambone are Co-founders of Migrant Offshore Aid Station. This is their story.
Today marks 35 years since the Iran Hostage Crisis. It was a turning point in Iran's relationship with the United States. But three decades on, Iran shouldn't only be viewed through the prism of that event. That's according to photojournalist Nafise Motlaq who uses the link between fathers and daughters to challenge stereotypes about her homeland.
Last summer, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed veteran Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura as the new special envoy tasked with seeking a peaceful resolution of the ongoing conflict in Syria. He's the third U.N. envoy to Syria in as many years and says that to achieve any progress on the ground the international community needs to focus on iconic steps.
Most of the times we focus on stories of conflict and war coming out of the Middle East. But that's not what defines this region and its diverse population. Becky got a chance to sit down with some young comedians who have been making the middle east chuckle with their stand up routines.