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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.

Monday's Connector: Tony Blair

July 21st, 2010
07:21 PM ET

Tony Blair is one of the most influential statesman in the world and during his time as British prime minister, he helped bring both prosperity and division to his country.

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Blair, who was prime minister from 1997 to 2007, helped bring the Labour party back into power after nearly two decades in the political wilderness.

Many Brits may remember Blair for bringing prosperity to their country, but many others will remember him for his decision to send British troops to war in Iraq.

Since Blair left office, the 57-year-old has been keeping busy with a number of important initiatives, including acting as an envoy for the Middle East and consulting for a number of private firms.

Today, as part of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, Blair is working closely with a new project called "Faith Shorts 2010."

The global film competition is an opportunity for young people to express their faith through film - whether it be Christianity, Hinduism or Islam.

The top 50 filmmakers were given camera equipment to showcase religion and the way they believe it breaks down barriers.

"By gaining insights into the lives of young people across the world, this competition has the potential to build bridges across cultural and religious divides," Blair said.

"I hope this competition will provide a platform for creative and talented young people and an opportunity for filmmakers to see their work promoted on the global stage."

Thursday's Connector: Dita Von Teese

July 21st, 2010
02:52 PM ET

Dita von Teese is one of the most versatile entertainers on the planet - she is first and foremost a burlesque artist but also an actress, designer and model.

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Inspired by Betty Grable, Von Teese is well-known for her glamorous appearance and performances which involve the entertainer in a giant martini glass.

Von Teese got her start by performing at strip clubs and posing for photos as a fetish model. Her unique look set her apart from other women.

She appeared in a number magazines and was featured in "Playboy" in 1999, 2001 and 2002.

However, Von Teese is best known for her burlesque routines and the 37-year-old is known as the "queen of burlesque."

Recently, Von Teese lent her support to the MAC Aids Fund to help raise money and awareness of the disease.

Von Teese has also just been in Vienna to perform at an annual aids charity concert during the World Aids Conference.

Here's your chance to speak to superstar entertainer, Dita Von Teese.

Do you want to know about her involvement in the fight against aids? Do you want to know if she is up to any interesting projects?

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