Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari tells CNN's Becky Anderson his country is fighting against the threat of global terrorism and that this is the biggest challenge it now faces.
An Iranian man convicted of murder was facing almost certain death. But seconds before his hanging was due to take place, he was offered a reprieve from the unlikeliest source. A photographer was on hand to capture the whole remarkable scene. He tells CNN's Connect the World with Becky Anderson exactly what he witnessed.
For those of you who caught the inaugural show, I hope you'll agree we had a successful launch Sunday for Connect the World with Becky Anderson from Abu Dhabi. For those of you who didn't, can I suggest setting a digital diary "alert" weekdays at 7p local!
Onwards. . . With the first show in the bag, I'm mindful that the editorial narrative for our MidEast prime-time show must continue to provide this region with the best of the international news agenda – using CNN's incredible asset base of reporters around the world – with a focus, as news befits, on the stories that resonate here – in all their glory.
To that end, your input as viewers of the show and as consumers of the incredibly successful cnn.com/Arabic is absolutely crucial. You are part of "our" Global Conversation and I appeal to you ALL to get involved via the cnn.com site, on Twitter, on Instagram and on Facebook as we build our rundowns to reflect the news, views and opinion across the region.
And just so that you know: having been born and brought up with the vagaries of the British weather, I'm still getting used to waking up to blue skies and genuine smiles in the UAE! Believe me, this is ONE challenge that aim getting used to incredibly quickly!!
The launch of Connect the World with Becky Anderson in Abu Dhabi came just a day after the people of Afghanistan defied Taliban threats and headed to the polls in their millions. Becky sat down with members of Dubai's Afghan community at a local cafe to find out whether they believe people power can ultimately defeat the militants.
One in three women are raped or beaten in their lifetime. That equates to one billion of the women alive today.
After suffering abuse as a child, Eve Ensler became an activist. Two decades of activism culminated last year with One Billion Rising. It was "a global call for women and men across the planet to rise, and dance, and end violence against women and girls." And rise they did.
Eve told Becky, "what was really exciting I think is to see not only the breadth of the huge risings, massive risings in places like Philippines, and India, and Bangladesh, and at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin for example, but to see these individual risings that happen, like with a girl in Tehran in her bedroom who filmed herself, in the streets of Somalia where women had never, in the history of Somalia, broken through and danced in the streets, in Lebanon. We saw people come out of the woodwork... It was a feminist tsunami."
Now a short film about the V-Day Rising has been selected to premier at the Sundance Film Festival, creating more awareness and more empowerment among women across the globe.
"I think there's an unearthing going on. The stories are finally coming out. What's been happening forever is finally getting told."
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