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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.

Can comic book heroes challenge religious stereotypes?

September 10th, 2009
06:30 PM ET
A young boy reads a copy of the 'The 99' comic book at his school in Jakarta. (PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
A young boy reads a copy of the 'The 99' comic book at his school in Jakarta. (PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

The events of 9/11 and its aftermath provoked, understandably, much analysis and soul searching. For a small group of individuals thoughts immediately turned to a seemingly impossible task. Could they create something positive from the tragic events of that day?

One such man is Kuwaiti psychologist Dr Naif al-Mutawa who, in the wake of 9/11, created the ultimate 21st Century comic book hero. "The 99" are superheroes inspired by Islamic culture and tradition – their mission is to spread peace and tolerance and, in the process, reclaim Islam from militants . The heroes appear in comics that sell around the world.

Today we want you to comment on 9/11 and its aftermath and we'd especially like to know whether you think any positives emerged from that dark day.

On a lighter note we'd also like to hear from you about what impact you think superheroes have had on popular culture ,and tell us what superpower you would most like to have.

Join us for this debate and if you have any specific questions for Dr al-Mutawa let us know because he is our Connector of the Day.

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Join Becky Anderson for live text chat this Friday

September 10th, 2009
05:05 PM ET

LONDON, England - Connect the World launches a groundbreaking new component this Friday, Sept. 11, as presenter Becky Anderson and the CTW team host a live post-show text chat - via Skype - with CNN viewers and Web users.

Becky Anderson hosts a live text chat with CNN viewers and Web users after Friday's show.

Becky Anderson hosts a live text chat with CNN viewers and Web users after Friday's show.

This is your chance to connect directly with Becky and the team to discuss Friday’s show.

Whether you have a question for Becky, an opinion about our new-look set or comment and insight on the issues raised in the program, we can’t wait to hear from you.

The Connect the World live chat is powered by Skype and it’s free to sign up - all you need to take part is a Skype username. (Sign up to Skype)

The chatroom opens as soon as the show ends at 2100GMT (2300 CET). Just click on the link from the Connect the World homepage.

If you have problems accessing the chat, please make sure you are using the latest version of Skype or check the Skype help pages.

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