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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.

Future Connector: Arturo Perez

November 17th, 2010
05:14 PM ET

The drug fuelled violence that has gripped many parts of Mexico is a tough place for even the most season police officer, let alone a photographer trying to catch that meaningful image.

It is probably one of the toughest jobs out there, but that is just what freelance photographer Arturo Perez has been pursuing over the two years.

Perez has been covering the bloody drug between cartels and government troops in Ciudad Juarez since 2008 and has captured some of the most powerful and moving images from the conflict.

It is a tough job that hasn't gone unnoticed.

Perez has just been awarded the 2010 Martin Adler Prize at this year’s Rory Peck Awards.

The prize is given to the journalist or photographer that played an exceptional role in the telling of a significant news story - this one being the deadly war in Mexico.

Perez has been an important part of the coverage of the murders of U.S. consulate workers, the mass killing of 15 people slain by gunmen, and the killing of young addicts at a drug rehab centre.

"Arturo has captured with his camera shocking images which document the massacres, attacks, disappearances and car bombs which have left thousands of victims in a city which has become the battle ground for criminal gangs," Manuel Carrillo, Senior Producer at Reuters in Mexico, who nominated Arturo for the Prize told the Rory Peck Trust.

"Despite threats and intimidation from these gangs and even from the security forces, Arturo has remained strong and unfailing in his coverage – mindful of the fact that in Mexico, other journalists have been killed just for fulfilling their duty to keep society informed."

Here's your chance to quiz one of the toughest, if not bravest photographers currently in the business.

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

Future Connector: Peter Gabriel and Salman Ahmad

November 14th, 2010
02:28 PM ET
Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel

British rock legend Peter Gabriel is teaming up with one of Pakistan's biggest musical stars in a bid to raise money and awareness in the aftermath of the deadly floods which struck Pakistan three months ago.

Salman Ahmad, who is the founder of South Asian music group "Junoon" has worked with Gabriel on his hit song "Open your Eyes," to raise money for the cause.

The collaboration has Gabriel singing vocals over a musical score by Ahmad.

"This is a huge tragedy and maybe because of the worst association [with] terrorism with Pakistan there's been a pathetic response," Gabriel said in an interview with CBC Radio Q.

"These are people suffering in extraordinary ways and I think we've failed terribly."

"This is Salman's song and I contributed to the English version. You put your own soul into it and hope it touches people," he added.

Click here to watch the music video for "Open your Eyes."

In the past, Gabriel has lent his musical abilities to a number of other important charitable causes including "Feed the World."

Here's your chance to quiz Gabriel on this important cause.

Do you want to know what he hopes to accomplish? Why did he choose to work with Ahmad on this cause? Maybe you want to know how he thinks musicians can contribute to important humanitarian issues?

Monday's Connector: Ricky Martin

November 9th, 2010
02:28 PM ET
Ricky Martin signs copies of his new book.

Ricky Martin signs copies of his new book.

Non-Spanish speakers may not know it was Latin boy-band Menudo that first launched Ricky Martin to stardom. Menudo was an extremely popular pop band in Latin America in the 80’s and the  prelude to Backstreet Boys, Boyzone and the boy band wave of the 90’s.

After Menudo Ricky Martin went on to musical theatre in Mexico City, act in American soap opera General Hospital and launch a successful Spanish-language pop-music career.

In the mid 90’s Martin shifted music styles, moving away from ballads to upbeat Latin pop fusion with songs like Maria. Martin had the hit 1998 FIFA World Cup song "The Cup of Life" / "La Copa de la Vida.” This helped position Martin for his worldwide English smash hit Livin' la Vida Loca.

As his fame increased so did focus in his personal life. He dated Mexican model Rebeca de Alba, but rumors about Martin’s sexuality continued. Earlier this year he came out as a gay, through a post on his website.

And now he’s delving into his personal life in a new book called “Me.” He talks about the women and men in his life, becoming a father to twin boys and the ups and a relationship with an unknown boyfriend.

So now that Ricky Martin is opening up about his personal life, what do you want to ask him?


Thursday and Friday's Connector: The cast of 'Harry Potter'

November 5th, 2010
07:18 PM ET

We want to Skype with you about what the 'Harry Potter' series means to you. Has it meant an escape from your world? Has it changed you in any way? Has it brought magic into your life? Tell us about your Potter journey by leaving a comment (below here) and we'll get in touch with you to come on our program.

It’s the movie legions of Harry Potter fans around the world have been waiting for. Well, part one of it anyway.

The first instalment of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" opens Friday, November 19, with part two following in July 2011.

The film will arrive amid more fanfare and higher expectations than any in the franchise so far. And the tone will be as dark as the book itself. No friendly Hogwarts school as a backdrop. No more games of quidditch. No angst-ridden budding teenage romances (you can watch the "Twilight" series for that).

This time it’s war. A struggle-to-the-death contest of good versus evil as Harry fights with the help of friends Hermione and Ron to rid the world of Lord Voldemort. Meanwhile, the man described as the most powerful dark wizard of all time has his own agenda: he wants to possess death.

I told you this was dark.

By the way, this would be a good time for a bit of disclosure. “Harry Potter” is put out by Warner Bros., which like CNN, is a unit of Time Warner.

Anyway, the bottom line is that there is no escaping this magical world.

Hundreds of millions of "Harry Potter" books have been sold in dozens of languages around the world.

The first six films have grossed $5.4 billion according to the Guinness Book of Records, making it the most successful film franchise ever.

Tourists from around the world enjoy the new Harry Potter attractions at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida.

There was even a transatlantic court case pitting author J.K. Rowling against a man who wanted to turn his very popular fan Web site into a book.

Through it all, we have watched the actors that played the characters at the heart of the novels grow up while learning of life, love and magic spells.

CNN's Becky Anderson spoke to members of the cast and we'll be bringing you all the interviews on Thursday and Friday in a two-day special edition of Connector of the Day

Tune in on Thursday November 11 and Friday November 12 at 2200 CET, 2100 London or 1600 New York time to watch us put your questions to the cast of "Harry Potter."


Future Connector – Agyness Deyn

November 5th, 2010
10:32 AM ET
Agyness Deyn has been the face of Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss and Burberry.

Agyness Deyn has been the face of Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss and Burberry.

(CNN) - Born Laura Hollins, the English model changed her name to Agyness Deyn in a bid to sound more exotic and to further her modeling career.

It seems to have worked. After being discovered as a teenager, Deyn has gone on to grace the covers of a number of major fashion magazines.

Vogue - which regularly features Deyn as cover girl - called her one of the top models of the new millennium.

At 27, Deyn has headed up high-profile haute couture campaigns - most memorably, Ma Dame for Jean Paul Gaultier. She’s also been the face of Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss and Burberry.

Deyn has also turned her hand to acting - playing the role of Aphrodite in Clash of the Titans released this year.

This is your chance to ask Deyn your questions. What is it like to be a full-time model? Which designers are the most fun to work with? What does she make of the the apparent trend for younger, thinner models? Is the modeling world a healthy environment to work in?

Send in your questions and don't forget to tell us where you're writing from.

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