Tune in at 16:00 London, 19:00 UAE

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.

Wednesday's Connector of the Day: Maziar Bahari

December 1st, 2009
02:39 PM ET

Detained by the Iranian government for 118 days, journalist Maziar Bahari was taken in to custody on June 21st and held in Tehran’s Evin prison. 

Iran accused Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari of being a spy.

Iran accused Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari of being a spy.

Now freed, he will be on Wednesday’s show to talk about his horrific experience.

A correspondent for U.S. magazine Newsweek, Bahari was reporting on Iran’s highly controversial Presidential elections, in June 2009.

The elections saw incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announce a victory with 62% of the votes cast, but many analysts voiced doubts about the authenticity of the results. During a series of protests staged in Tehran, authorities clamped down and made arrests of demonstrators, dissenting voices, and journalists.

Among them, Maziar Bahari, dual citizen of Canada and Iran, whose wife Paola Gourley was pregnant at the time.

He was accused of being a spy and forced to make a false confession acknowledging that western journalists conduct espionage.

At times during his imprisonment he was so fearful for his situation that he considered committing suicide.

Send your questions here for Maziar Bahari and we’ll put the best of them to him on Wednesday’s show.

Tiger in the woods

December 1st, 2009
02:04 PM ET

World No. 1 golfer Tiger Woods still isn’t talking about what happened in the wee hours of last Friday morning, when he crashed his Cadillac SUV into a fire hydrant and tree in his exclusive private golf community outside Orlando. He’s refused to meet with Florida troopers investigating the crash on three separate occasions.

Tiger Woods holds his daughter Sam and stands next to his wife, Elin Nordegren, at a game in Palo Alto, California.

Tiger Woods holds his daughter Sam and stands next to his wife, Elin Nordegren, at a game in Palo Alto, California.

And now, he’s not golfing either, having announced yesterday he’s pulling out of his own tournament, the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, California, due to start this week without him.

Today, he was supposed to appear at a press conference promoting the tournament, which he hosts every year.

So it seems Woods, 33, has managed to avoid being out in public for the foreseeable future. Arguably the world’s most famous athlete, Woods is known as an extremely private man who goes to great lengths to uphold his image.

As he stays out of the public eye malicious rumors are circulating about what happened that night.

Is Tiger making things worse by not talking?

Does Tiger owe it to his fans to give a full explanation of what happened that night?

Will it hurt his reputation even more to keep silent?

Or can he keep what he himself called an “embarrassing” situation private?


Filed under:  General