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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.

Wildlife poaching: Jackie Chan's new foe

February 14th, 2014
01:58 PM ET

Movie star Jackie Chan has faced many foes in his illustrious career, but now he has a new one – wildlife poaching.

He tells Max Foster that he became aware of the cause in an unexpected way – as a result of all the exercise required to keep his famous physique in top shape.  People would give him tiger oil, a product extracted from tiger bones, to heal his injuries and initially he didn't question their advice. "But I never got healed. It always hurt."

Chan later met a doctor, and asked him whether tiger bone was actually effective at healing injuries.  "Nonsense", the doctor replied.

As a result of these experiences, Chan has lent his support to a documentary, 'Tools of the Trade', that highlights the illegal trade of animal products.  These products are commonly used in traditional Asian medicines.

He says that many people still believe that animal products have almost magical medicinal qualities.   "When you eat pig's brain it makes you clever, when you eat pig's knuckle it makes you strong... No! Where are those things coming from?"

And his response to that couldn’t be clearer: "When you destroy the animals, you destroy yourself."

Filed under:  Activism • Celebrity • Poaching

Is Matteo Renzi ready to be Italian PM?

February 14th, 2014
01:45 PM ET

There's fresh political uncertainty in Italy, with the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta after less than a year in office.

The current front-runner to replace Letta is Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi, a young political star who won his party's primary a couple of months ago.

Max Foster spoke with Paola Subacchi, Research Director of International Economics at Chatham House, about the political upheaval in Italy.  He asked her about Renzi's appeal as  a potential leader, despite his relative lack of experience.

"The country seems to like him because he's young, because he's energetic and because there is this untested assumption that somebody new and young and energetic could really change the country's fate," Subacchi said.

She acknowledged that there are reservations within Italy about Renzi's lack of experience in parliament, government and within the European Union.  "It doesn't give the country the confidence it needs in the institutions and in the political debate," Subacchi said.  "There's still a big if about whether or not he will become the Prime Minister of Italy."



Filed under:  Analysis • Europe • Italy • London