Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.
Politics, celebrity, campaigning and finally..... taxidermy. This week we have covered a lot of ground with our Connectors of the Day. We have left, undoubtedly, the oddest to the end. [cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/17/art.rathat.jpg
caption="Natty or ratty? One of Peppard's creations."]
Reid Peppard is a London-based taxidermist and jeweller who transforms the rats and pigeons of London's city center from pests into objects of art.
Her work provokes the obvious debate as to what truly constitutes art.
Is her work genuinely meant to be worn or is its prime intention to shock? Is this cutting edge fashion or cruelty?
We'd love it if you want to join our debate on what constitutes art and if you have any questions for Peppard please let us know.
To see more of Reid's creations check out her website at http://www.rpencore.com/.
U.S. President Barack Obama has announced that plans for a controversial missile defense shield in Eastern Europe are to be dropped in favor of a new system. [cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/09/17/missile.defense.shield/art.obama.thurs.afp.gi.jpg caption="Obama is seeking stronger ties with Russia."]
Although details of the replacement are not yet clear, the scrapping of the Bush-era blueprint is likely to be welcomed by Russia, which fiercely opposed the plan from the outset.
The original proposal called for the U.S. to set up a radar site in the Czech Republic and 10 missile interceptors in Poland to counter the threat of Iran launching long-range missiles at America's allies in Europe
Obama says the decision to abandon this based on an “updated intelligence” on Iran’s ability to target Europe.
The assessment is a far cry from that of the George W. Bush administration, which believed the threat was significant enough to risk heightened tensions with Russia.
Obama has been seeking a stronger relationship with Russia and better cooperation from the Kremlin to support tough U.N. economic sanctions against Iran if it continues to pursue its nuclear ambitions.
Do you think the United States is right to scrap plans for a missile defense shield in Europe?