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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: Gordon Brown

December 13th, 2010
03:05 PM ET

The downfall could not have been more dramatic. After one of the shortest tenures of Downing Street for almost 50 years - Gordon Brown ended his term as UK prime minister in May of this year.

The move was inevitable after the center-right Conservative party beat Labour in the general election, ending 13 years of rule by the center-left party.

Brown had a rocky term as Prime Minister and had to lead the country through one of the worst financial downturns in history. The tough economic conditions were in stark contrast to the years he spent as Chancellor of the Exchequer during the economic boom of the 90s.

Brown, who stepped down as leader of the Labour party in May is now out with a new book called "Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalization."

The book offers insights into the events that led to the financial crisis and the reaction of world leaders. Brown also provides measures that he believes the world should adopt in order to maintain fiscal stability.

Here's your chance to have your questions answered by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

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

Monday's Connector: Daryl Hannah

December 3rd, 2010
05:36 PM ET

 

American actress Daryl Hannah may be well-known for her role in films like "Blade Runner," "Wall Street" and "Kill Bill," but she's now focusing her attention on climate change.

Hannah will be our special Connector of the Day from Cancun, Mexico where the next UN climate talk summit is currently taking place.

She'll be answering all your questions on the role she is playing to help come up with an agreement on solving the world's environmental problems.

CNN's Becky Anderson will be alongside Hannah in Cancun and will pose your important questions to her on Monday so please leave them below and be sure to include where you're writing from.

You can also send in your questions via Becky's Twitter at www.twitter.com/BeckyCNN or via our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cnnconnect.

WikiLeaks: Was it right to release secret documents?

December 3rd, 2010
08:36 AM ET

Since the release of sensitive U.S. documents began earlier this week from whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, governments around the world have been playing damage control to contain the release of politically sensitive information.

The site began publishing some of the more than 250,000 diplomatic cables from U.S. embassies around the world, spawning sharp condemnation from the White House and congressional leaders.

"The cables show the U.S. spying on its allies and the U.N.; turning a blind eye to corruption and human rights abuse in 'client states'; backroom deals with supposedly neutral countries; and lobbying for U.S. corporations," the site's editor-in-chief and spokesman, Julian Assange, said in a statement released Sunday evening.

"This document release reveals the contradictions between the U.S.'s public persona and what it says behind closed doors - and shows that if citizens in a democracy want their governments to reflect their wishes, they should ask to see what's going on behind the scenes."

Since the diplomatic cables began being released, the documents have provided a unique insight into the way America conducts diplomacy around the world and what it really thinks of world leaders behind closed doors.

Some of the cables shed light on China's view toward North Korea the war in Afghanistan as well as allegations that Secretary of State Hilary Clinton ordered diplomats to spy on members of the United Nations.

As WikiLeaks continue to release more documents each day, we want to know what you think.

Was it right that Wikileaks released these documents or did they go too far? Should the public be allowed to know what goes on behind closed doors or does it risk damaging relationships with countries?

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

Tune in on Friday December 2 at 2100 London, 2200 CET and 1600 EST for our special report on Connect the World as we investigate the global ramifications of WikiLeaks.


Filed under:  General

Thursday's Connector: Djimon Hounsou

December 1st, 2010
11:04 AM ET

His name may not sound familiar, but you'll most likely recognize him from a raft of critically acclaimed films.

Benin born Djimon Hounsou has been nominated for two best supporting actor Academy awards for his roles in "In America" and "Blood Diamond."

Hounson grew up in Benin until he emigrated to France at the age of 13 with his brother. After establishing himself as a model and aspiring actor, Hounson moved to the U.S. in 1990.

Hounsou made his film debut that same year when he appeared alongside Sandra Bernhard in "Without you I'm nothing." Since then he's appeared in a number of high grossing movies including "Gladiator," "Amistad," and "The Island."

The actor will soon be out with a new film alongside co-stars Helen Mirren, Russell Brand and Chris Cooper called "The Tempest." The adaptation of one of Shakespeare's most well known thrillers is sure to be a big hit at the cinemas this Christmas.

Here's your chance to have your questions answered by Djimon Hounsou.

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

You can also visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cnnconnect where you can become a fan and submit your questions.

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