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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.

Thursday's Connector: Don Cheadle

June 21st, 2010
04:45 PM ET

Don Cheadle is not in Kansas City any more.

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Born in 1964, he has since become one of Hollywood’s hottest talents.

A favorite of top director Steven Soderbergh, Cheadle’s featured in several of his films including "Out of Sight," "Traffic" and the "Ocean’s Eleven" trilogy.

But he’ll no doubt be best remembered for his lead role in Hotel Rwanda.

Cheadle won the world’s attention –and an Oscar nomination -with his moving portrayal of Paul Rusesabagina – a real life hotelier who saved more than one thousand people in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

The experience inspired Cheadle to take up other humanitarian causes.

He’s worked tirelessly to end ethnic violence in the Sudan, and written books and produced films to raise awareness about the death and devastation in Darfur.

Cheadle has also just been announced as the U.N.'s Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme.

In the role, Cheadle will work towards mobilizing the public to embrace more sustainable lifestyles, promote the greening of the entertainment industry and take part in UNEP public outreach initiatives.

Wednesday's Connector: Cherie Blair

June 21st, 2010
02:14 PM ET

Cherie Blair may be best known as the former first lady of British politics and wife of Tony Blair, but she is also a very powerful figure in the world of philanthropy.

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Blair, who is also known professionally as Cherie Booth, was born outside Manchester in 1954 and grew up just north of Liverpool.

Blair studied law at the London School of Economics and finished at the top of her class.

In 1976, while she was studying to become a lawyer, she met future husband and British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

The pair married four years later and today, have four children.

While Tony Blair was Prime Minister between 1997 and 2007, Blair was Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University.

In 2000, Blair was also a founding member of the Matrix Chambers in London, which specializes in human rights law.

The firm does however practice UK public and private law, the Law of the European Union and European Convention on Human Rights, and public international law.

Today, Blair is working closely with the Loomba Trust, which is a charity trying to reduce the plight of impoverished widows and their children around the world.

Blair is leading the charge to create awareness for International Widows Day which is on June 23.

The event hopes to raise awareness for the more than 100 million widows worldwide which are affected by either poverty, rape, abuse, conflict or HIV.

Here's your chance to speak to Cherie Blair.

Do you want to know more about International Widows Day? Do you want to know why she chose this particularly cause?

Please leave your questions for Cherie Blair below and be sure to include where you're writing from.

Monday and Tuesday's Connector: Oliver Stone

June 21st, 2010
12:40 PM ET

Oliver Stone is one of America's most celebrated movie directors - as well as one of the most controversial.

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The 63-year-old director is well-known for his films including, "Platoon," "Midnight Express," Wall Street," and "Natural Born Killers."

His work has earned him three Academy awards - best adapted screenplay for "Midnight Express," best director for "Platoon" and best director for "Born on the Fourth of July."

Stone, who grew up in New York City, had an early fascination for political discussion and after his first year of university at Yale, Stone left the U.S. to teach english in South Vietnam.

After spending time in South Vietnam, Stone returned to the United States, only to be drafted in the Vietnam war as an infantry soldier.

Stone fought in the war through 1967 and 1968 and for his actions, was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor, and the Purple Heart.

After his experiences in the war, Stone created three films on the topic - "Platoon," "Born on the Fourth of July," and "Heaven and Earth."

All three of which were generally well received.

Some of Stone's other notable and sometimes controversial films, include "Wall Street" and "JFK".

Stone has often been criticized for his films which opponents say promote conspiracy theories and historical inaccuracies.

Today, Stone has finished his sequel to the original "Wall Street" movie and will release "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" later this year.

Here's your chance to quiz acclaimed movie director Oliver Stone.

Do you want to know what his favorite film has been to work on? Maybe you want to know what he thinks of the current political situation in the United States? Is there a topic that he wants to make a film about which he hasn't?

Please leave your questions and comments below and be sure to tell us where you're writing from.

You can also send in your questions via Twitter @BeckyCNN

World Cup Postcard: Germany v Serbia

June 21st, 2010
10:05 AM ET