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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.

Friday's Connector: Goodluck Jonathan

September 21st, 2010
11:19 AM ET

Goodluck Jonathan is currently the president of the Nigeria - one of Africa's most powerful and influential countries in the region.

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caption="What do you want to ask Goodluck Jonathan?"]

Jonathan has been president of the country with nearly 160 million since 2010 - before that, Jonathan was vice-president of Nigeria.

Earlier in the month, Jonathan officially declared that he will run in the 2011 elections, lauding his achievements in reforming the oil, banking and electricity sectors.

"I have decided to humbly offer myself as a candidate in the presidential primaries of our party the great PDP (People's Democratic Party)," he said.

Jonathan's official declaration comes three days after he informally announced on Facebook that he intended to run in the primaries, which will be held between October 18 and 20, according PDP spokesman Rufai Alkali.

"In presenting myself for service, I make no pretense that I have a magic wand that will solve all of Nigeria's problems or that I am the most intelligent Nigerian," Jonathan wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday.

Jonathan - who is from the Niger Delta, in the south - was part of the joint ticket of the late President Umaru Yar'Adua, who was from the north.

Yar'Adua's death in May, after a long illness, upset the order of the zoning. Yar'Adua was elected in 2007 and his southern replacement threatened to halt the north's turn at holding power.

Here is your chance to quiz Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan.

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

Global Connections: Can you connect Germany with India?

September 17th, 2010
12:02 AM ET

When you mention two countries as different as Germany and India, you wouldn't naturally think that they have much in common.

But if you stretch your mind a little bit and think a tad bit harder, you would be surprised to learn they're much more similar than you think.

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caption="What do you know about Germany?"]

We've chosen Germany and India as our fourth set of countries in a segment on CNN International's "Connect the World," that we're calling "Global Connections."

Germany is one of the world's leading economic powers and has long-held a place of importance in world affairs. It is located in western Europe, has a long tradition of producing beautiful music and literature and of course, the country is famous for its beer.

India on the other is a recent power player on the global stage and is famous for having the Bollywood film industry, amazing food and of course its people.

So what on earth could the connections between these two countries possibly be?

Well, that's why we are relying on YOU.

We need you to send in your ideas and comments on what connections exist - whether it be text, video or photos. We'll be choosing the best ones and then airing them on CNN International. This is your chance to appear on the show to share your connections with the world.

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caption="What do the India and Germany have in common?"]

The connections can be anything from culture and geography to music and the economy.

We also want to hear your personal stories too. Perhaps you have a family member that moved from one country to the other years ago and you want to get in touch? Maybe you visited one country years ago on holiday and something special happened? Whatever connection you think there is, we want to know.

All you have to do is leave your comments below on what connections you think exist and then one of our team members will be in touch.

Now it's time for you to get involved - get connecting!

Filed under:  Global Connections

Panama school children connect the world

September 16th, 2010
11:01 PM ET


As part of CNNi's new weekly segment called "Global Connections" we've been asking people around the world to find interesting connections between two countries that on the surface may have nothing in common.

This week we chose two very different places - Panama and the United Arab Emirates.

The United Arab Emirates is in the middle of the desert, is famous for Dubai's towering skyline and as one of the richest countries on the planet.

Panama on the other hand sits in the middle of lush tropical rainforest and is famous for being one of the world's most important transport hubs.

All week we've been getting some really interesting connections from viewers all over the world - from business, to culture, to food and even pearls.

Well, boy were we surprised when we received a link to a fantastic video on YouTube that was made by school children in Panama.

The kids - Juan Diego Galvez, Esteban Jaramillo, Catalina Uribe, Coral Rivera, Juan Diego Donneys and Marlania Pate - made the video to highlight several connections that they found between their home country and the UAE.

The class which is led by Mari-Ana Narbon made the two-minute video with accompanying photos and music and ended by saying "there's a slogan in Panama that Panama is the heart of the universe and the bridge of the world so there's no question, we are connected!"

Thanks for the great video and be sure to keep your connections coming in.

Filed under:  Global Connections

Thursday's Connector: Paul Kagame

September 15th, 2010
06:14 PM ET

Paul Kagame has been president of Rwanda for more than a decade and helped lead the country with its first government after the devastating Rwandan genocide in 1994 that claimed more than one million lives.

Over the past ten years, Kagame has helped take Rwanda out of poverty to some degree and many people have called the country Africa's biggest success story under his leadership.

Kagame was born in 1957 to a Tutsi family, and fled with his family in 1960 after Tutsi pogroms by extremist Hutus  – there were several genocides of Tutsi every decade between 1959 and 1992, 1994 was considered “the final solution."

While living outside of Rwanda, Kagame helped form the Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF)  which comprised mostly Tutsi refugees in Uganda who had been refused the right to return to Rwanda by the extremist Hutu government.

The RPF attacked Rwanda in 1990, Kagame who was at the Staff and Command College at Fort Leavenworth in Texas, left to join the guerrilla army which fought the government army for four years.

After serving as vice-president in an interim government, Kagame was elected to president in 2000. While Kagame was initially regarded positively in the west, recent questions have risen over the government's policies and motives - including the disqualification of opposition parties in the 2010 presidential election and Rwanda's involvement in the Congo war.

Here's your chance to ask Rwanda president Paul Kagame your questions.

Do you want to know what it was like fighting before the genocide in 1994? Do you want to know how he helped mend the divisions afterwards? Where does he see the future of the country headed?

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

Wednesday's Connector: Stephen Fry

September 12th, 2010
12:15 PM ET

He is one of the most recognizable names in not only Britain, but in the rest of the world - it's a claim that comedian and cultural commentator Stephen Fry isn't afraid to embrace.

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Fry first came to the attention of the public back in 1982 when he appeared alongside fellow actors Emma Thompson and Hugh Laurie in the Cambridge Footlights Revue presentation of "The Cellar Tapes."

After co-starring with Laurie, who is today known for his role in the television series "House," the pair began to star in a number of comedy acts together and the couple soon became known as "Fry and Laurie."

In 1986, the BBC gave the duo their own television sketch show called "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" that spanned four series and was hugely successful.

During the 1990s, Fry starred in a number of television shows and in films including, "Wilde" and "I.Q."

It wasn't until 2003 however that Fry became a national treasure in the United Kingdom with the launch of his show called "QI"

The panel game show became one of the most watched television series and is still running.

While Fry has become a sensation on both the silver screen and small screen, he has also developed a huge following online.

Stephen Fry has one of the most popular Twitter profiles on social media and is well-known for his cheeky updates.

Today, Fry is working on the second volume of his autobiography.

Here's your chance to quiz comedian and social commentator, Stephen Fry.

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

You can also send in your questions via Twitter to @BeckyCNN.

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