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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.

What happens next in Ukraine?

February 25th, 2014
04:39 PM ET

After last week's political upheaval, and the terrible scenes of violence that accompanied it, the big question in regards to Ukraine is what happens next.

Becky spoke to Anne Applebaum, author and columnist for the Washington Post and Slate, to get her opinion on where the country is headed.  She says Ukraine’s problem isn’t just one of finances.

“It’s not just about money.  The money was on offer before,” Applebaum says.  “The problem has been that the Ukrainians haven’t been willing to do the very profound economic reforms, in some cases of a kind that ought to have been done twenty years ago.”

Applebaum says political change within Ukraine is a certainty, but that the country’s future leaders may not be the big names we’re used to seeing in the headlines.

"The Ukrainians no longer have any appetite for these big personalities, these charismatic people who have a lot to say but then aren't able to do anything," Applebaum says.

Text: With ousted President on the run, Ukraine delays forming new government

Text: 'We were trapped': Eyewitness to the massacre in Kiev


Filed under:  Europe • Ukraine

Ugandan President: Being gay not a right

February 25th, 2014
03:43 PM ET

Uganda's president has signed sweeping anti-gay legislation, introducing life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality." Anyone who counsels or provides services to LGBT people would also face prison time, a provision that ensnares rights groups currently operating in the country.

CNN's Zain Verjee spoke exclusively to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni about his motivations for introducing the new law.

During the interview, Museveni said that he is "acting on behalf of society."  His motivation for stepping up the country’s existing anti-gay legislation came as a result of Ugandan scientists producing a report finding no genetic link to homosexuality. "Once you argue that it is a question of choice, then really you have lost the argument,” Museveni said.

In reaction to the bill's condemnation from Western governments and human rights groups, he responded: " They are not going to make our people budge.”  Museveni went on to say: “If you don't agree, you just keep quiet.  If we are wrong, we shall find out by ourselves."

Zain asked Museveni whether he personally dislikes homosexuals.  “Of course,” Museveni said.  “They are disgusting."

Text: Uganda's President Museveni signs controversial anti-gay bill into law

Text: Ugandan tabloid prints list of 'homosexuals'



Filed under:  Africa

Scott Expedition returns from Antarctica

February 20th, 2014
02:47 PM ET

Ben Saunders and Tarka L'Herpiniere say they’ve set a record for the longest polar journey on foot.

For four months they traveled in freezing conditions, dragging about 200 kgs each. "We never had an easy day," Saunders tells us.

Connect the World has been following their epic journey all along – from their departure in October, to this week’s emotional family reunion.

In 1910, Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his team set off on the same journey, but died in the last stage after running out of food.

Even after consuming nearly 6,000 calories a day, L'Herpiniere and Saunders each lost nearly a quarter of their body weight.

While they're delighted with their achievement, they're also still processing the magnitude of it. "It was a journey that defies any description... it was a challenge that brought us both to our very limits."

Filed under:  Antartica

Where does art end and politics begin?

February 20th, 2014
02:33 PM ET

A Florida artist says he’s sorry for intentionally smashing a vase by dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.  The work was valued at $1 million dollars.

Maximo Caminero faces charges of criminal mischief after dropping the vase.   Caminero says he broke the artwork as a protest against the gallery, for refusing to showcase local artists.

Ai Weiwei – who is photographed smashing an ancient Chinese vase in one of his own works – says he does not support artists destroying other artists work.

The case got us thinking about where the line is drawn between activism and artwork.  Becky went to London’s Brunei Gallery to find out more.

(And don’t worry – no real artwork or valuable vases were harmed in the making of this piece.)

Filed under:  Celebrity • Entertainment • United States • Video

Can Europeans keep America out of their emails?

February 20th, 2014
02:28 PM ET

Revelations of widespread spying by the NSA shocked several European leaders. Now German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are discussing ways to protect the continent’s data – including the possibility of setting up a European communications network.

The idea would see Europe build up its own network, allowing it to bypass American servers.  Emails and other information would remain within Europe, under the protection of the continent’s strict data protection laws.

Jonathan Mann spoke to CNN's Samuel Burke about what this bold idea would mean – and whether it would even be possible.

Burke said the European proposal is not only a "radical response" to the allegations of American eavesdropping, but also "a fundamental shift in the very internet as we know it."

While it would undoubtedly create jobs and opportunity, Burke said creating a European communications network would be a major challenge – requiring manpower, cutting-edge technology, and lots of money.

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