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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.

Meet Crystal Chappell

September 15th, 2009
05:27 PM ET

LONDON, England - Emmy award-winning actress Crystal Chappell, aka Olivia Spencer on “Guiding Light”, joins us Wednesday to talk about her hotly anticipated new online drama.

Watch the show for an exclusive peek of Crystal Chappell's new series, Venice.

Watch the show for an exclusive peek of Crystal Chappell's new series, Venice.

"Venice," a California-based Web series, was born from global fan support for her popular same-sex love story in the long-running American soap opera which comes to an end this week.

With "Venice" set to pair Crystal once again with her "Guiding Light" co-star Jessica Leccia, the show is already causing a huge stir on the Web.

We'll have an exclusive - and eagerly awaited - photo from the first episode featuring Crystal and Jessica as their new characters Gina and Ani.

Send your questions and we'll put them to Crystal on the show.

Brogue attacker: Hero or villain?

September 15th, 2009
02:52 PM ET
Iraqis unveil a bronze monument of a show thrown at U.S. President George W. Bush. (PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Iraqis unveil a bronze monument of a show thrown at U.S. President George W. Bush. (PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

LONDON, England - An Iraqi journalist imprisoned last year for hurling a shoe at former U.S. President George W. Bush was released from jail Tuesday with apparently few regrets over his actions.

“I got my chance and I didn’t miss it,” Muntadhar al-Zaidi told reporters. “I am a person with a stance. I saw my country burning.”

Many observers in the Middle East and beyond will undoubtedly have sympathy with al-Zaidi. Show-throwing is a traditional insult in Arab culture and al-Zaidi’s action vividly captured the resentment felt in many Muslim countries at the time towards the U.S. and its unpopular president.

In Iran, a cleric dubbed the incident the “shoe intifada” while the Turkish shoemaker who made the brogue-turned-missile reported surging sales in the days after the incident.

In the weeks that followed both China’s premier Wen Jiabao, in an address at the UK’s Cambridge University, and India’s home minister P. Chidambaram were targeted with footwear in copycat attacks.

But al-Zaidi’s attack on Bush also appealed to a more base urge common to many cultures to throw things at our political leaders.

In the UK, the weapons of choice of protesters have long been eggs, slime and gunk: earlier this year, UK Business Secretary Peter Mandelson was doused in green custard by a climate change protester, while former deputy prime minster John Prescott famously hit back when he was yoked by an egg-throwing assailant in 2001. (Read more)

But should such behavior be tolerated? Is it disrespectful –- or a security threat - to target our elected leaders with essentially harmless projectiles? Did al-Zaidi deserve to go to jail?

Or do such incidents simply belong to an healthy tradition of political dissent and protest, providing an important reminder to our leaders that, ultimately, they must answer to the people? Tell us what you think.

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Six Degrees: Dan Brown to Victoria Beckham?

September 15th, 2009
01:59 PM ET
What links Victoria Beckham to Dan Brown? (PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
What links Victoria Beckham to Dan Brown? (PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

LONDON, England - It's time for "Six Degrees" - our weekly challenge for Connect the World viewers and Web users. In case you haven't figured it out yet, it's easy to play. Just link two of the week's newsmakers in exactly six steps.

This week we want you to tell us what links Dan Brown, best-selling author of "The Da Vinci Code" whose new book "The Lost Symbol" hits book stores on Sept. 16, to former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, whose third catwalk collection went on show Monday at New York Fashion Week.

Leave your submissions in the comments section below, and the team will pick the most creative connection, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday’s show.

Need some inspiration? Check out last week's winner K. Lingaraju, who managed to link tennis star and new U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters with Saif Gadaffi, the son of the Libyan leader.

Here's how they did it:

Kim Clisters was engaged to...

Lleyton Hewitt, who was presented the Wimbledon trophy in 2002 by...

the Duchess of Kent, whose husband is...

the Duke of Kent, 27th in line to the throne of...

Queen Elizabeth, whose Lord President of the Privy Council...

Lord Mandelson, met with...

Saif Gadaffi at Corfu this August.

Remember: you need five other people between those two: no more, no less. If you want your friends to take the challenge as well, then click the “share post” button below.

To see previous challenges, click here. Happy connecting!