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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.

Friday's Connector: Ben Kingsley

April 12th, 2010
06:07 PM ET

Born to an Indian father and English mother, Ben Kingsley has had a stellar career on both stage and screen - winning a Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for his work.

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Kingsley began his career on stage, but he quickly moved to films - his first supporting role was in the 1972 movie "Fear is the Key".

Although Kingsley featured in a number of television programs and movies, it wasn't until his Academy award winning performance in the film "Gandhi" in 1982 that he became a global star.

Both critics and audiences praised his performance.

Kingsley went on to star in a number of other critically acclaimed movies including "Bugsy", "Searching for Bobby Fischer", "Schindler's List", "Sexy Beast" and "House of Sand and Fog".

Kingsley is currently promoting his role in a new campaign aimed at imposing a Robin Hood tax on financial institutions.  http://www.youtube.com/user/RobinHoodTax

The campaign calls for a 0.05% tax on share transactions between financial institutions such as investment banks.

Will nuclear summit accomplish anything?

April 12th, 2010
12:50 PM ET

President Obama is hosting leaders from 46 countries for a two-day nuclear security summit that will focus on how to better safeguard weapons materials, both old and new, to keep them out of the hands of terrorists.

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The gathering is considered an unprecedented effort to rally global action on securing vulnerable nuclear materials.

It also is the centerpiece of a major Obama objective aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and technology.

Obama signed a new treaty with Russia last week to reduce the nuclear stockpiles of both nations, and his administration issued a revised U.S. nuclear arms strategy intended to reinforce the nation's nuclear deterrent while isolating terrorists and rogue states that fail to comply with international regulations.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announced last week that nations participating in the summit would be Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Ukraine and Vietnam.

In addition, the United Nations, the European Union and the International Atomic Energy Agency will be represented at the summit, Gibbs said.

We want to know what you think?

Do you believe this summit will help accomplish anything of real value? Is Obama starting to accomplish many of the things he wanted to?

Please leave your comments below and remember to include where you're writing from.

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