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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.

Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Connector of the Day: Richard Dawkins

September 21st, 2009
04:28 PM ET

Richard Dawkins tore into religious comfort zones with his claim that God is a delusion, and it seems the British ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author will stop at nothing to provoke intelligent debate about the truth of our existence. [cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/21/art.dawkins.jpg caption="Dawkins argues that God is a delusion."]

His writings have inspired and angered many a reader - and now he's back with more.

The fervent atheist and anti-creationist is often referred to as "Charles Darwin's rottweiler." Now, to celebrate Darwin's bi-centenary, Dawkins has published a new book: "The Greatest Show on Earth" offers scientific evidence to back-up his own theory of evolution.

He joins us Tuesday on Connect the World so - whether you love or loathe him - don't miss the opportunity to put Dawkins on the spot over his controversial views.

Send us your questions and we'll select the best ones to ask him.

Has the whistle been blown on sporting fair play?

September 21st, 2009
11:08 AM ET

Sporting scandals don’t come much bigger than that currently engulfing Formula 1 constructor Renault.

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caption=" Renault F1 boss Flavio Briatore has stepped down amid the scandal about race fixing in Singapore last year."]
Last week the French team said it would not dispute race-fixing allegations relating to the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, when driver Nelson Piquet Jr. crashed his car.

Piquet Jr alleged he was asked to crash by Renault F1 boss Flavio Briatore to help teammate Fernando Alonso win the race. On Wednesday Briatore and Pat Symonds, Renault F1 executive director of engineering, stepped down.

On Monday the FIA's World Motor Sport Council in Paris announced the team would get a two-year suspended ban, while Briatore has been banned from the sport indefinitely. Do you think the whistle has been blown on fair play in sport?

The French manufacturer is not the only sporting team facing controversy at the moment. The president of Athletics South Africa Leonard Chuene apologized last week after admitting he lied about gender tests for runner Caster Semenya.

Previously the national sports body denied it agreed to tests on the runner before the Berlin race at which she won a gold medal. South Africa's Mail & Guardian newspaper has revealed the team doctor asked Semenya be withdrawn from the event once the result of gender tests was known.

Meanwhile the world of rugby union has been hit by its own scandal - known as “Bloodgate” - when Tom Williams, a wing with English club Harlequins, was taken off due to a mouth injury faked with blood capsules. The maneuver allowed a tactical substitution to take place.

Williams was banned for four months, while the club’s director of rugby Dean Richards was hit by a three-year ban.

Is it ever acceptable to bend the rules in sport? Should athletes maintain the highest ethical standards – even when they’re losing?

Or is being economical with the truth simply a reflection of modern life - and should be treated as such? Shouldn’t sportsmen and women and their managers do everything possible to win, no matter the cost?

Tell us what you think and we will use some of your comments in the show.

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