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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.

Crimea's place in Russian history

March 14th, 2014
08:48 PM ET

The possibility of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula re-joining Russia is – in many ways – a return to the past.

Russia's Soviet Empire once spanned all the way from the Kuril Islands – North of Japan – to Ukraine and Crimea in the West.  That empire was quickly dismantled at the end of the Cold War, splitting into fifteen independent states.

Despite the geo-political changes brought about by time and history, Crimea remains a region that looms large in both Eastern and Western Europe.  It's a place that has featured in literature, artwork, and national myth-making.

We look back at the Crimean peninsula's role in historic conflicts, and popular lore.


Filed under:  Analysis • Europe • Global Connections • History • Protests • Russia • Ukraine • Video

CNN crew caught in police tear gas

March 12th, 2014
01:29 PM ET

Thousands of angry mourners gathered in a working-class Istanbul neighborhood today, for the funeral of a 15-year-old boy whose death Tuesday triggered the worst street violence Turkey has seen in months.

Berkin Elvan's death unleashed a wave of rage against the Turkish government.  His family has placed blame for the critical injury the boy suffered last June squarely on the government and police.

Last night saw serious unrest on the streets of Istanbul.  CNN Senior International Correspondent Ivan Watson and his cameraman were in the middle of it – caught between police and demonstrators, and struggling to report despite the debilitating effects of tear gas.

"This is an explosion of anger over the death of a fifteen year old boy," Ivan told Becky.  He had to briefly stop the segment in order to put on a gas mask, before resuming his reporting.

"We don't know where this is going to take Turkey right now," Ivan said.  "I, for instance, have never seen this major boulevard blockaded before by demonstrators who have set fire to roadblocks."

Ivan Watson will be reporting from Istanbul again tonight for the latest on the unrest.


Filed under:  Analysis • Asia • Becky's Interviews • Breaking News • Europe • Protests • Video

Bosnian journalist: Citizens are fed up

February 10th, 2014
03:20 PM ET

Violent anti-government protests are spreading in Bosnia.

Max spoke to local Sarajevo journalist, Kenan Cerimagic, to find out the situation on the ground.

Cerimagic says the majority of the protesters are frustrated by unemployment and that their main demand is “to have a chance to work, to earn a living, to provide their family with the good, meaningful life.” He also says that people want “the government to start thinking about them."

At 27.5 percent, Bosnia’s unemployment rate is the highest in the Balkans and Cerimagic says the anger that’s spilling out on the streets has been building up for years.  He said that the demonstrators wouldn't be satisfied until politicians started paying less attention to themselves and more attention to their voters: "Twenty years after the war they cannot provide decent living in this country."


Filed under:  Europe • Protests