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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.

Can a button beat cyberbullies?

November 18th, 2009
04:22 PM ET

In this Internet age, the playground has gone digital; and with it, the bullies.

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Now a senior British police officer responsible for preventing online bullying claims the world's biggest social networking sites are failing to combat abuse.

Jim Gamble, head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Ceop) Center, said Facebook and MySpace, which between them have more than 500 million users, could work harder to stamp out bullying.

He wants the sites to follow the example of Bebo, which has adopted an initiative whereby children who fear they are at risk can press a panic button. This allows users to report online abuse, bullying and illegal activity.

But will the button really make a difference, or will it induce panic rather than preventing it?

And will it deter children from taking their problems to the adults in their life, thinking they can combat the problems alone?

We want to know if you think the initiative is a step in the right direction, and how you'd like to see social networking sites beat bullying online.

Post your comments below and we’ll include the best ones in tonight’s show.

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Six Degrees: Hu Jintao to Jenson Button

November 17th, 2009
11:12 AM ET

Time to think laterally, it's time for the Connect The World Six Degrees challenge.

What links Jenson Button to Hu Jintao?( Photos: AFP/GETTY IMAGES
What links Jenson Button to Hu Jintao?( Photos: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Here’s how to play: We choose two people in the news this week and ask you to connect them through the six steps.

This week we want you to link Chinese President Hu Jintao to Formula 1 champion Jenson Button.

Need some inspiration? Check out this effort by last week's winner Sonja Osterwalder from Switzerland.

She connected singer Dolly Parton and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and here's how:

– In the 1980s Dolly Parton sang a duet on television with Oprah Winfrey...

– Whilst for her O-Magazine, Winfrey interviewed CNN's Christiane Amanpour...

– The Chief International Correspondent once attended a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall by Eric Clapton...

Clapton had a short affair with the current French First Lady Carla Bruni...

Bruni is now married to French President Nicolas Sarkozy...

– Who last week rekindled the flame of the unknown soldier in Paris, alongside Angela Merkel.

Leave your submissions for this week's challenge in the comments section below, and the team will pick the most creative connection, and we'll announce the winner on Friday's show.

Remember: you need five other people between those two: no more, no less. If you want your friends to take the challenge as well, then click the “share post” button below. To see previous challenges, click here. Happy connecting!

Too late to halt climate change?

November 16th, 2009
04:17 PM ET

U.S. President Barack Obama and leaders from the rest of the world's top economic powers acknowledged Sunday that there is no hope of a major breakthrough over climate change by the end of the year.

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This bleak acknowledgment followed comments from Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen at the APEC summit in Singapore that next month's conference in Copenhagen is no longer likely to yield a major accord to battle global warming.

Kumi Naidoo, the new International Executive Director of Greenpeace, told CNN that climate talks have so far been strangled by "short-term expediency, election cycles and national parochialism."

He said politicians need to realize that this is not a business negotiation because “nature does not negotiate.”

He added: “From Florida to Bangladesh one in 10 people live within a meter of sea level. The ice-caps are melting and it seems inevitable that all of those people will have to defend or abandon their homes this century.”

Read Naidoo's column for CNN

According to Mike Froman, White House deputy national security adviser, President Obama made a surprise appearance at a breakfast devoted to climate change at the APEC summit and told other leaders it's important for at least some progress to be made next month.

But Naidoo insists we need a deal now before it really is too late.

Do you have any confidence that the world’s leaders are united in their desire to secure meaningful agreements on climate change?

Post your comments below and we’ll include the best ones in tonight’s show.

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More British kids heading for the ring

November 16th, 2009
02:01 PM ET

The noble art of boxing is making a comeback in schools across Britain, according to a leading British newspaper.

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Despite being labeled as too dangerous by politicians and experts in the past, the number of schools with boxing on the curriculum has jumped from 20 four years ago to 1,931 this year, the Guardian said.

And with articulate Londoner David Haye becoming Britain’s first heavyweight champion of the world since Lennox Lewis in 2004, boxing's profile among young people is sure to rise further.

Britain’s Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell admitted that she had all but written off boxing as too dangerous to be considered as a mainstream sport over a decade ago. "I was public health minister and the British Medical Association quite regularly at that time called for boxing to be banned," she told the Guardian.

However she pointed to a marked improvement in the sport's safety record and the fact it is now ranked below disciplines such as gymnastics and horse riding on the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ list of most dangerous sports.

Do you regard boxing as a sport and would you encourage your child to enter the ring?

Let us know what you think  and we'll include the best comments on tonight's show.

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Monday's Connector of the Day – Lang Lang

November 12th, 2009
11:21 PM ET

Heralded as the "hottest artist on the classical music planet" by the New York Times, 27-year-old Lang Lang has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world.

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The Chinese child prodigy started playing piano at the age of three, won his first competition aged five, and today aged 27, he is on Time Magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Lang Lang has made it his mission to share classical music around the world, with an emphasis on training children through outreach programs. Following his performance at the opening of Beijing's 2008 Olympic Games, he became a symbol of the youth and future of China. This status has inspired over 35 million Chinese children to learn to play classical piano – a phenomenon popularly referred to as "the Lang Lang effect."

Lang Lang is not, however, everyone's cup of tea. There are those who find his flashy image and demonstrative performing styles at odds with the world of classical music. But Lang Lang is not concerned about that. His mission is to spread a love of music and popularize classical works.

On Monday, Lang Lang is appearing on Connect the World to answer your questions, but also to talk about his experience being filmed for CNN by the “Revealed” series. On this half-hour show Lang Lang travels from the U.S. to China and Switzerland, mixing classical music with jazz, and enthusing music lovers everywhere.

Send your questions for Lang Lang  – IN MANDARIN OR ENGLISH – and we’ll put the best of them to him on Monday’s show.

For “Lang Lang Revealed” air times, go to the Revealed Web site.

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