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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: Brian May

September 9th, 2010
09:18 PM ET

With a musical career spanning four decades, Queen founding member Brian May is a world-renowned guitarist and songwriter, with production and performance credits on recordings, which have sold in excess of 100 million copies worldwide.

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Brian has penned 22 worldwide hits for Queen, among them the anthems “We Will Rock You”, “The Show Must Go On” and “I Want It All”. As a successful and respected solo artist, Brian’s recordings include albums Back To The Light, featuring “Too Much Love Will Kill You” and “Driven By You”.

His songs continue to influence new generations of performers and have inspired recordings by artists as diverse as Elton John, Def Leppard, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Shirley Bassey and Eminem.

Perhaps the most memorable display of Brian’s unique style and musicianship was his performance of his own arrangement of “God Save the Queen”, live from the roof of Buckingham Palace, to open the Queen’s 2002 Golden Jubilee celebrations in front of an audience of more than 200 million people around the world.

After the death of Queen’s lead singer, Freddie Mercury, the surviving members set up a charity to support AIDS relief, the Mercury Phoenix Trust. To date it has channeled more than eight million pounds to over 1,000 AIDS projects around the world.

An ongoing commitment to AIDS awareness led Queen to become a driving force in the 46664 campaign for the Nelson Mandela Foundation.  The first of a series of 46664 concerts, held in Cape Town in November 2003, was broadcast worldwide via TV, Internet and Radio, becoming the most widely distributed media event in history, with an audience of over 2 billion in 166 countries.

Brian May is teaming up with musical theatre star Kerry Ellis for a new album.

Here's your chance to quiz them both.

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

Special report: Is the war in Afghanistan worth it?

September 9th, 2010
02:04 PM ET

It has been nearly a decade since American and coalition troops entered Afghanistan as part of a global war on terror and as September 11 approaches once again, both critics and supporters of the invasion are evaluating what the future holds.

The war started back on October 7, 2001 in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda in an attempt to oust the Taliban and destroy Al Qaeda's base in Afghanistan.

More than 35 countries joined U.S. forces as part of "Operation Enduring Freedom" and in total more than 100,00 soldiers were part of the NATO – International Security Assistance Force invasion.

Inititally, military operations went smoothly and the Taliban regime quickly fell, but as the years went on, the situation only worsened.

The political situation on the ground is still very perilous, and security forces are still struggling to contain insurgents and militants operating in the country.

More than 2,000 American and coalition troops have been killed and thousands more have been injured since the start of the war.

Unpopularity with the war in Afghanistan among Americans reached an all-time high according to recent CNN poll with 62 percent saying they oppose it.

Moreover, confidence in the Afghan government is even lower than it is for the Iraqi government. Seven in 10 Americans are not confident that Hamid Karzai's government can handle the situation there.

We held a special online debate alongside our hour long report. Here's a look at some of the highlights of our show and some of the great comments that you shared with us.

Wednesday's Connector: Jose Carreras

September 9th, 2010
12:08 PM ET

You may know him as one of the "Three Tenors" but his career stands out on its own and Jose Carreras occupies a privileged position in the melodic world of classical music.

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He gave his first public performance at the tender age of eight and since then his meteoric musical career resulted in early debuts at the world’s most prestigious opera theatres; including the New York Metropolitan Opera House and London’s Royal Opera House.

His repertoire includes over 60 operas, including "La Boheme," "Don Carlo" and "Carmen."

Together with his opera activities, he has given frequent recitals in the world’s most famous halls - from Carnegie Hall to the Royal Albert Hall in London; the Salle Pleyel in Paris to the Konzerthaus of Vienna and the NHK Hall in Tokyo, his work is truly global.

However, there’s more to his life than just recitals, opera and songs.

In 1987 whilst filming La Bohème in Paris he was found to be suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia and given a 1 in 10 chance of survival.

However, he recovered from the disease after undergoing a grueling treatment involving chemotherapy, radiation therapy and a bone marrow transplant.

In fact, the "Three Tenors" concerts, with his contemporaries Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, were conceived to raise money for the “José Carreras International Leukemia Foundation”.

Carreras is currently performing as part of the BBC Proms concerts in London - Here's your chance have your questions answered by the great singer.

Do you want to know what it was like performing as part of the "Three Tenors"? Do you want to know what his favorite song is? What his plans for the future are?

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