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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: James Cameron

April 15th, 2010
06:40 PM ET

He's one of the world's most famous movie directors - responsible for films such as "Titanic", "Avatar" and "Terminator" - not to mention that James Cameron has quite a few Academy Award's under his belt.

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The Canadian film producer, director, writer, editor and even inventor has proven himself as one of the most successful filmmakers of all time - his movies have grossed nearly six billion dollars worldwide.

While today, Cameron may be known for his spectacular movies complete with amazing special effects, his first few films were anything but special.

He began making low-budget horror sci-fi films and was part of a team that created lesser known films such as "Battle Beyond on the Stars", "Galaxy of Terror" and "Piranha".

However, his involvement in those films helped him develop the ability to create science fiction on film and it was his first big movie "The Terminator" that threw him into worldwide stardom.

Cameron's following films were all big hits and his 1997 blockbuster "Titanic" earned more than $1.8 billion dollars worldwide.

His last film, "Avatar" was an even bigger success than "Titanic" and it is currently the highest grossing movie of all time.

Today though, Cameron is fighting a different kind of battle.

Drawing parallels to his movie "Avatar", Cameron is opposed to the construction of a large hydraulic dam in the Amazon and has been fighting its construction for months.

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Live UK general election debate coverage blog

April 15th, 2010
03:06 PM ET

The three leaders of the main political parties in the UK - Labour leader Gordon Brown, Conservative leader David Cameron and Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg - made history Thursday by appearing in the first ever televised general election debate in the country's history.

From left to right: Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg, Conservative leader David Cameron and Labour leader Gordon Brown (Getty Images).
From left to right: Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg, Conservative leader David Cameron and Labour leader Gordon Brown (Getty Images).

We want to hear from you - whether you watched the event on television or followed the debate via our online blog right here.

Who do you think made the biggest impression - were there any outright winners or losers? Did the debate change your opinion of any of the leaders? If you are writing in from overseas - why do you care?

Immediately following the debate, Connect the World will brought you a televised 30 minute special from 2200(London) where three heavyweights from Britain's political past gave their analysis.

Tony Benn, Douglas Hurd and David Steel gave their insight into who were the night's big winners and losers.

Here's how we reported the debate:

20:28 (All times London): Hello everyone, this is Phil Han, the digital producer for Connect the World. We're about to start the debate and getting ready to track how the three leaders do. Remember to leave all your comments below and join in the debate yourself. Hope you enjoy the debate!

20:31: It's a minute past the start time of the debate and it looks like things are running a bit late... hopefully the leaders didn't have any trouble getting to Manchester because of the volcanic ash cloud!

20:33: Things are about to start as all three leaders – David Cameron of the Conservatives, Gordon Brown of Labour and Nick Clegg of Liberal Democrats are introduced to applause.

20:34: Nick Clegg says there isn't just two choices and that there is an alternative. There's a chance to do things differently he says.. he wants to create a fair society with better schools and an economy not held hostage by bankers.

20:35: Gordon Brown opens up by saying these aren't ordinary times and that the economy is number one. He says everything depends on a strong economy and that 2010 is the defining year.

20:36: David Cameron says he is glad to be at the debates and he brings up the expense scandal. He wants everyone to come together - he says we need change.

20:37: First question is on a fair immigration for the UK. Gordon Brown says he is the man to deal with immigration - he talks about what his party has done.

20:38: Cameron says that immigration is a big problem and says it's too high in the last few years. Says he wants it down to the level it was from a few years ago.

20:39: Clegg says he wants to establish tougher borders - he's wearing a nice golden tie.. matching his party colors.

20:40: Brown is allowed to debate the other points from the other leaders and brings up ID cards for foreign nationals and says he is taking specific steps. He doesn't look at any of the other leaders during this.

20:42: No one seems to really be talking with each other. Cameron is speaking but faces the audience and doesn't look at Brown or Clegg.. Clegg starts to speak and says there is good immigration and bad immigration.

20:43: Cameron jumps in by saying that this country has benefited from immigration, but that he does think things are out of control. Brown says it is under control and he is bringing tougher steps.. also for the first time he briefly looks at Cameron.

20:44: For the first time Brown and Cameron directly seem to argue with each other on plans for the future and how things have been going.

20:45: Cameron has directly asked Clegg how you can have this sort of regional approach to immigration and how you can tell someone where they go and work and live. Clegg says many other countries have this policy and that they should do it in the UK.

20:47: Next question is on crime rates across the UK and how best to deal with it and solve the problem.

20:49: All three leaders agree that there is a crime problem and that they all want more police on the streets.

20:51: Cameron brings up issue of where crime is coming from and brings up the drug issue and says that they aren't really dealing with the problem of drug addiction.

20:52: Clegg says the line that prisons are like colleges of crime and that he wants to change behavior.

20:52: Brown says that you need to keep people off the streets – whether it's with music, sports, etc. Brings up police issue of having neighborhood policing and people being able to direct how a police force is run.

20:55: Brown thanks David Cameron for all the posters the conservative party has put up around the country - makes the joke that he has done more for the Labour party then any newspaper editor.

20:56: Brown also directly asks Cameron whether he supports the way police forces are run.

20:57: Clegg says that both Cameron and Brown do not have exact numbers in their manifestos.

20:58: Brown asks again whether Cameron can keep police spending levels, but Cameron doesn't directly answer it.

20:59: Clegg says that people don't have any respect for politicans and says that those MPs who were involved have still not been dealt with.

21:00: Brown says he is shocked by scandal and says MPs were irresponsible. He wants to do three things to change system. The right of recall, give people to petition parliament and finally to reform the house of commons and house of lords.

20:59: Next question is about credibility of politicians after expense scandal.

21:01: Cameron says he will cut the cost of politics – cut pay for MPs, cut size of Whitehall, make politics better value for money.

21:02: Clegg says he hears the words they say, but that they don't actually take any action.

21:03: The debate has shifted to the reform of the House of Lords and electoral reform. Cameron directly attacks Brown by saying he has had years to reform, but he hasn't.

21:05: Cameron says all parties have had problems with expense scandals. He does take blame saying the Conservatives do take advantage of rich individuals.

21:06: Brown says we need to raise the standard of debate and that we need to take action. He says Clegg supports him on reform of the House. Clegg says there is nothing to support because Brown hasn't done anything for 13 years.

21:07: It seems like Brown is trying to get Clegg to get on his side and gang up on Cameron and the Conservatives.

21:08: Next question is on education - Asks what the party leaders will do to improve education.

21:09: Brown says that we need to reach for the highest of standards and that we are in a new world where young people need to have grades to compete.

21:11: Clegg says that there is too much paperwork and that we need to let teachers teach, and they want to put an education freedom act which bans government from micro-managing.

21:14: Cameron says that you cannot confuse what goes in for money and what comes out and talks about the amount of waste.

21:16: Brown says better education requires teachers and that you can't cut out money and you need to main investment per pupil. Says the Conservatives can't agree to this.

21:16: Cameron says that Brown is inventing a figure plucked out of the air and they say they can save money when it comes to education.

21:17: Clegg says that the more Brown and Cameron argue together that they start to sound the same.

21:19: Next question is talking about budget deficit without hurting growth.

21:20: Cameron says the threat to recovery is Labour's job tax.

21:21: Clegg says that we need to be open to voters and that the Lib Dems have been open and they have found detailed savings.

21:22: Brown says that you need to make big choices. Says the economy is at critical point and you can't take money out of the economy now because you will put the economy at risk.

21:25: Cameron brings up two waste stories about credit cards to civil servants and the amount of pay rises. Says to stop the waste.

21:26: Clegg says there is a black hole in public financies and he is asking who will be straight with voters.

21:28: Brown says he has the responsibility to get the economy moving and that the government needs to play a role and you can't just rely on private sector. Don't put jobs at works.

21:29: Cameron says why have 100 big business leaders said that the biggest risk is Brown's job's tax.

21:30: Next question is about British troops dying, being underpaid and underequipped.

21:31: Clegg talks of the job that soldiers do and says they need to be paid more because of the job they are doing. Says he wants proper armour and equipment.

21:32: Brown talks about pride for armed services and UK's role in Afghanistan. He says he has increased spending over the last few years.

21:33: Cameron says he can't see questioner and talks about determination of soldiers and how they are both brave and brilliant. He doesn't think we do enough for them.

21:35: Brown talks about how he can bring troops home by training Afghan soldiers and the levels of pay, etc.

21:36: Cameron says that we haven't fundamentally asked what the best way is to protect the country and soldiers.

21:37: Clegg says that we need a complete review to see if the equipment that is used is right for how UK fights battles and the type of war.

21:39: Brown brings up the nuclear arms treaty and says that UK can make a difference by trying to reduce nuclear weapons around the world.

21:40: Says we shouldn't have the same mantra as the country did during the Cold War.

21:40: Moderator refocuses debate on how to help troops and levels of pay and equipment.

21:41: Next question is about health – what are the parties wishes for the future of healthcare and how would they address worry of older population.

21:42: He talks about urgent care at home and says that if people want to stay at home, they should. People need the help in their homes. Priority is on personal guarantees over seeing a specialist when they want.

21:43: Cameron talks about the love of the NHS and says the NHS is special and says that the NHS budget should grow in real terms every year under Conservative government. But he also wants to improve it.

21:44: Clegg says how you need to protect the services and says that all the priorities are wrong.

21:45: Brown says Cameron won't give guarantees on seeing a doctor.

21:47: Clegg says he wants to judge how the NHS does when he is sick and how it does at helping.

21: 48: Cameron talks about the death rates from cancer and how UK is worse than Bulgaria.

21:50: Clegg says that all he wants is honesty in the discussion.

21:51: Final question of the night!!! When is each party going to have a fairer system for the eldery?

21:52: Cameron says it's unfair that you have people who have worked hard their whole life and yet they can't afford care after 65.

21:53: Clegg says that the issue is so big and that it affects everyone and that it the parties should set aside differences and come up with ideas.

21:54: Brown says elderly people shouldn't have to choose the kind of care they want. Contrasts nurse care to home care.

21:55: Cameron says there is a deep unfairness in the system.

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