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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: Diane von Furstenberg

June 22nd, 2010
04:36 PM ET

Samantha from "Sex And The City" said it was blasphemous to wear anything else - she was talking about the wrap dress by Diane Von Furstenberg.

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Von Furstenberg first unleashed her revolutionary design four decades ago and has since changed the face of fashion forever. Today, she's a household name.

With humble beginnings as the Belgian-born daughter of holocaust survivors, Von Furstenberg made her entrance into high society when she married a prince she met a university.

Von Furstenberg built her fashion empire from scratch in 1970 with just $30,000.

By 1976, she’d sold 5 million of her iconic designs and landed herself on the covers of "Time" magazine and "The Wall Street Journal."

However, her cult following amongst Andy Warhol’s Studio 54 set wasn’t enough to keep her in New York.

In 1985, she moved to Paris to set up a publishing house, cosmetics line and home shopping business.

She’s since been lured back to the big apple and is now married to an American media mogul.

Aged 63, Von Furstenberg is at the peak of her career as the president of Council of Fashion Designers of America.

She’s used the position to speak out against size zero models and her famed wrap dress has finally been enshrined for posterity in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Friday's Connector: Anthony Bourdain

June 22nd, 2010
01:27 PM ET

If you're even the slightest bit into cuisine and cooking, then you have probably heard of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.

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The 53-year-old American chef specializes in French cuisine and has been a regular on both the television cooking circuit as well as in famed restaurants around the world.

Born in New York City, Bourdain found an early fascination with food and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978.

Although Bourdain is best known for his French cooking inside the kitchen, he has also earned himself a bit of a reputation as a daring eater.

Known for consuming wild and often weird ethnic foods, Bourdain is famous for eating everything from sheep testicles, a raw seal eyeball and even a whole cobra.

Bourdain, who is currently the executive chef of Brasserie Les Halles, is also a hugely successful author.

In 2000, Bourdain published his best-selling memoir "Kitchen Confidential" which offered an inside look at some of the more secret and unknown aspects of the culinary world.

The book led to an offer by the Food Network in the United States for Bourdain to have his own cooking and travel show, which was eventually called "A Cook's Tour."

Bourdain went on to host another show called "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservation" on the Travel channel.

Today, Bourdain is out with a new book called "Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook," which is a follow-up to the successful "Kitchen Confidential."

World Cup Postcard: Portugal and Chile

June 22nd, 2010
11:33 AM ET

Friday's Connector: Anwar Ibrahim

June 22nd, 2010
08:55 AM ET

Anwar Ibrahim is one of Malaysia's most influential politicians, but he has also been one of the country's most controversial and divisive.

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Born in 1947 in Cherok Tok Kun, Penang, Anwar served in the powerful position of deputy prime minister from 1993 to 1998 under the leadership of Mahathir bin Mohamad.

However, over the course of his involvement in the Mahathir government, Ibrahim emerged as one of its biggest critics.

Generally, Anwar's politics are viewed as reformist and after Anwar's falling out with the 50 year ruling party, his image was severely tarnished because of a series of harsh corruption and sexual charges that were put towards him.

In 1999, massive street protests accompanied news that Ibrahim was arrested and sent to prison for abuse of power.

Anwar was eventually sent to prison for six years under corruption charges.

A year later in 2000, Anwar was found guilty of a second charge - sodomy - which would carry a further nine-year jail term.

Anwar contested the charges and with a group of supporters, including his wife, he successfully overturned the second charge of sodomy and was released from prison in 2006.

Once released, Anwar was the stand-alone figure in Malaysian politics and was seen as the de facto opposition leader - although he wasn't allowed to serve in politics until 2008.

However, in the March 2008 election, Anwar and the opposition parties made huge advances towards the ruling coalition.

But, only five months later, Ibrahim was again arrested for claims that he sexually assaulted a male aide.

Anwar vehemently denied the charges and said they were part of a government conspiracy to discredit the opposition leader.

On August 26, 2008, Ibrahim ran for office and won a by-election which allowed him to return to parliament as the official opposition leader.

Today, Anwar continues to argue for strong reform in Malaysia and is calling for the liberalization of government policies including a free media and judiciary.

Please tune into our interview with Anwar Ibrahim on Tuesday, June 29 at 2100 London or 2000 GMT.