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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.

Tuesday's Connector of the Day – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

December 7th, 2009
04:48 PM ET

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is best known as the 7-foot-2 center who led the UCLA Bruins to three NCAA championships in the 1960s, then went on to win one NBA championship with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1971 and five more with the Los Angeles Lakers before retiring in 1989.

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He also has dabbled in acting, notably as an airline pilot in the 1980 comedy "Airplane!"

One of the greatest college and professional basketball players of all time, Abdul-Jabbar went public with his blood cancer diagnosis last month.

The 62-year-old former center for the Los Angeles Lakers has chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) – he discovered the diagnosis last December.

CML doesn’t significantly affect his quality of life, but Abdul-Jabbar has to have his blood levels checked on a regular basis.

After a year of keeping this private, Abdul-Jabbar made the recent announcement in order to raise awareness about the disease.

In the process of researching CML, Abdul-Jabbar says he was shocked to learn that some cancer patients do not regularly take their cancer medication. This led him to approach the pharmaceutical company Novartis about launching an educational campaign.

Spreading the message that medication, seeking advice from doctors and personal vigilance is vital if we are to keep cancer at bay, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is our Connector of the Day on Tuesday.

Send your questions for the basketball legend here.

Are we still on course for a deal?

December 7th, 2009
03:05 PM ET

It is “an opportunity the world cannot afford to miss” said Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen in his opening address to delegates at the U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen today.

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And in a recent statement, Lord Stern, author of the influential 2006 UK climate report, went further by calling the U.N. summit "the most important gathering since World War II."

The leaked emails from a UK climate research center has helped skeptics find a platform to make some noise in the build up to the talks. But there is a mountain of evidence to support the view that the world is getting warmer. Isn't there?

Are we meant to believe that thousands of scientists have been lying to us for over a quarter of a century? And what for exactly?

Are you hopeful that an agreement will be reached in Copenhagen? Or has "Climategate" dealt a hammer blow to the chances of an deal?

Send us your views

Filed under:  General

Thursday's Connectors of the Day – Kim and Khloe Kardashian

December 7th, 2009
03:01 PM ET

“Reality Killed the Video Star”, the name of Robbie Wiliams new album, and expressing the sentiment shared by many – that Reality TV has taken over the scheduling of mainstream television.

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“Keeping up with the Kardashians” is the ultimate incarnation of reality-vision. Produced by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest, it documents the lives of the Kardashian-Jenner family, including socialite and playboy model Kim Kardashian, who got in to the news for her less-than-intimate liaisons with former boyfriend Ray J.

Expect melodrama, histrionics, shopping, partying, gossip, back-stabbing, and L.A. lifestyle to the max.

Last month a much anticipated wedding episode featured Khloe Kardashian’s wedding to Los Angeles Laker Lamar Odom, pulled in 3.2 million viewers – a record rating for the E! entertainment network.

The extended episode included the typical Kardashian dramatics, including Khloe's stepfather Bruce Jenner losing his cool when he found out about her engagement on television.

To talk about reality tv, nude photographs, celebrity weddings and generally what it’s like to live like Paris Hilton, Kim and Khloe Kardashian appear on Thursday’s show as our connectors of the day.

Post your comments about the sisters here.