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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.

Six Degrees: Yvo de Boer to James Cameron

December 8th, 2009
05:06 PM ET

 

This week we'd like to you to link the U.N.’s top climate official Yvo de Boer – who’s set an ambitious tone at the Copenhagen summit

and…

Oscar-winning film director James Cameron, who’s long-awaited science fiction epic “Avatar” has its world premiere here in London on Thursday.

Got a good idea to connect them? Here’s how to play.

Remember, you need to find five other people between the climate chief and the "Titanic" director: 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!

Wednesday's Connector of the Day: Tori Amos

December 8th, 2009
02:43 PM ET

The title of the latest album from Tori Amos – "Midwinter Graces" may sound festive, but it is not a Christmas record. 

Released to coincide with the winter solstice, this collection of songs celebrates the pagan festival.  

Much of the album finds Amos reworking and expanding on the traditional Christmas carol, for example “What Child, Nowell” and “A Silent Night With You”

Daughter of a Methodist minister, religion is a common theme in Amos’ work. Her 1994 record “God” was Amos' response to patriarchy and the repression of women through religion.

Noted for the emotionally intensity she puts into her performances, Amos has spent a lifetime exploring god, sexuality and feminism in her lyrics.

She was at the forefront of a number of female singer songwriters in the early 1990s, achieving recognition for songs like “Cornflake Girl” and “A Sorta Fairytale”.

Herself a victim of sexual assault Amos co-founded the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) – a toll-free help line in the U.S. connecting callers with their local rape crisis center in1994. By 2006, RAINN had received its one millionth caller and is now the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the United States.

A social commentator and activist, Amos is the perfect antidote to the anodyne offerings which currently clog up the charts.

Send your questions to Tori Amos and we’ll put the best of them to her on Wednesday’s show.

Bomb blasts rock Baghdad

December 8th, 2009
11:26 AM ET

A coordinated series of bombings, including three car bombs, killed more than 100 people and wounded scores of others in central Baghdad this morning – the worst wave of violence to hit the Iraqi capital in more than a month. 

The car bombs, which detonated in quick succession, struck the Labor Ministry, a court complex and the new site of Iraq’s Finance Ministry.

The attacks highlighted the insurgents’ continued ability to strike important and highly visible targets in Baghdad as U.S. forces plan their withdrawal, turning security over to Iraqi forces.

Although overall violence has dropped sharply around Iraq over the past year, insurgents have increased attacks at government sites.

What does a devastating, well-coordinated attack like today’s mean for the future of Iraq under Iraqi forces? Can Iraqi forces control their embattled capital? Should U.S. forces still withdraw?

Violence in Iraq dropped sharply after former President Bush’s so-called “surge” of American troops.

Does that mean that the answer is more troops?

President Obama announced recently that 30,000 more U.S. soldiers will be sent to Afghanistan, the country Obama is now targeting over Iraq.

Is Obama right to turn his attention to Afghanistan while such deadly violence still rages in Iraq? Send us your comments


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