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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.

Panama school children connect the world

September 16th, 2010
11:01 PM ET

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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

Global Connections: What do the United Arab Emirates and Panama have in common?

September 10th, 2010
11:19 AM ET

On first glance, the United Arab Emirates and Panama seem to be as different as apples and oranges, but if you think about it a little harder, you may be surprised to learn there are a lot more connections than you may realize.

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caption="Know anything about Panama?"]

We've chosen the collection of seven Emirates and the central American country as our third set of countries in a segment on CNN International's "Connect the World," that we're calling "Global Connections."

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.

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 UAE and Panama 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

Global Connections: Can you connect Sweden and Malaysia?

September 3rd, 2010
04:09 PM ET

When you mention two countries as different as Sweden and Malaysia, you wouldn't think that they have anything in common, but if you look a little harder, you'd be surprised to learn that they have a lot more connections than you may think.

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caption="Know anything about Sweden?"]

We've chosen the Scandinavian heavyweight and south-east Asian nation as our second set of countries in a segment on CNN International's "Connect the World," that we're calling "Global Connections."

On the surface these two countries seem as different as apples and oranges. Sweden is famous for its freezing temperatures, furniture company Ikea, ABBA and of course Swedish meatballs.

Malaysia on the other hand is well-known for Kuala Lumpur's Petronas towers and the natural beauty of tropical rainforests and majestic mountain ranges.

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

Well, that's why we are going to be 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 does Malaysia have to offer Sweden?"]

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.

You can also post your video responses directly to our very own CNN iReport page which you can visit by clicking here.

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

Global Connections: What's up with Brazil and Nigeria?

August 27th, 2010
02:40 PM ET

On the surface, both Brazil and Nigeria may seem like they have absolutely nothing in common, but if you dig a little deeper, you'll soon realize that they have a lot more connections than you may think.

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caption="Know anything about Brazil?"]

We've chosen the South American powerhouse and African stalwart as our very first pair of countries in our brand new segment on CNN International's "Connect the World," that we're calling "Global Connections."

One of the most beautiful countries on the planet, Brazil is the land of carnival, rainforests, beaches and football, while Nigeria is Africa’s most populated country, famous for oil and Nollywood films.

So what on earth could the connections possibly be?

Well, that's why we are going to be relying on you.

In this new weekly segment, we'll be choosing a new pair of countries every seven days and that's why we will need you to get in touch and post comments and video.

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caption="Can you find something to connect Nigeria to Brazil?"]

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.

We've even teamed up with local Nigerian radio station the Beat 99.9 FM and Nigeria’s No.1 entertainment, lifestyle & fashion website Bella Naija.

This is your chance to have your voice heard on CNN.

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.

You can also post your video responses directly to our very own CNN iReport page which you can visit by clicking here.

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

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