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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 – Richard Holbrooke

July 22nd, 2010
08:12 PM ET

Richard Holbrooke is one of the world's most recognizable diplomats.

Richard Holbrooke is your Connector of the Day.

Richard Holbrooke is your Connector of the Day.

Currently he is serving in the important role of Special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan under the Obama administration.

Prior to his work for Obama he was the only person to have held the assistant secretary of state position for two different regions.

He gained much recognition in 1994 when he served as the Balkans envoy and worked to end the conflict betweeen Serbia and the Kosovo Liberation Army.

5 years later he served as the 22nd ambassador to the United Nations, where he worked on a successful resolution to tackle HIV/Aids and pursued a series of diplomatic negotiations in Congo.

In addition to his diplomatic work, Holbrooke has worked as an author, professor, magazine editor and Investment banker.

In his current role as the Representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan Holbrooke has had to shoulder a number of complaints and accusations about US Mistakes in the regions.

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.

Tony Blair is your Connector of the Day.

Tony Blair is your Connector of the Day.

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.

Dita Von Teese is your Connector of the Day.

Dita Von Teese is your Connector of the Day.

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.

Tuesday's Connector: Bill Gates

July 18th, 2010
11:46 AM ET

He's arguably the most famous business man in the world, but Bill Gates is anything but a selfish money-maker.

Bill Gates is your Connector of the Day.

Bill Gates is your Connector of the Day.

The Microsoft founder has become one of the world's greatest philanthropists and today the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation boasts nearly $34 billion.

The foundation teams up with partners around the world to take on some of the most important global issues, primarily poverty and poor health in developing countries.

A significant portion of the fund is spent fighting HIV/AIDS, and this week Gates is playing a key role in the Vienna 2010 AIDS Conference.

Gates has said he is now optimistic about finding an HIV vaccine and he's working with some of the world's top health experts to make this possible.

Bill Clinton on the fight against HIV/AIDS

July 18th, 2010
11:17 AM ET

William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton needs no introduction on these pages.

Bill Clinton speaks exclusively to CNN.

Bill Clinton speaks exclusively to CNN.

The former U.S. president has been a prolific fundraiser and activist for a number of important causes since his term ended in 2001. If it's not HIV/AIDS and malaria, it's development and post-quake reconstruction in Haiti.

As scientists edge closer to a vaccine for HIV, the fight against AIDS has never been more crucial. Bill Clinton will lend his clout, celebrity and fundraising expertise to an international conference on the disease in Vienna starting Monday.

He will be one of the key voices in a conference that tells us how we've progressed and where we still have to go.

Please join us for our exclusive interview on Monday evening at 2000 GMT on CNN.


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