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June 17th, 2009
09:46 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 06/17/09

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Tonight on 360°, we're looking at the big question on many minds: Is Iran collapsing? Another major protest expected any moment now over last week's presidential election. There are still reports that the baton wielding paramilitary is attacking protesters. We'll have the latest from Tehran.

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  1. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    @Dr.Gupta :Whaty is the difference between addictrion to pain prescription medcications and marjuanna?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  2. zola

    I think what is going on is the Iranian version of the Ãmerican Revolution. God bless em all, the birth of something wonderful and new is bloody and painful. The brutality of the thugs in power cannot be hidden now that we have the internet and cell phone cameras. I wish the Iranians more power as they struggle for their freedom.

    Zola

    June 17, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  3. Cyrus

    What are collapsing in Iran are an edifice of intimidation and a wall of fear. But one should not underestimate how brutal the regime can be. It is only if all who are committed to democracy, human rights, and peace stand up in solidarity with Iranians, and become a voice for the uprising that hope and freedom may win in Iran.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  4. John Olaobaju

    Why is Iranian government accusing US Government of meddling in its internal affairs? I did not hear anyone mention that Americans with the exception of Iranian-Americans, who by anyway have right to do so, cast a single vote in their election and no American was caught on Tehran streets protesting the outcome of the election. It is Iranians fighting for their rights.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  5. Cleveland & Devona

    This is wonderful to see the masses standing up to their unjust government. I'm proud of the Iranian people, and I wish them well in their plight against their oppressors.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  6. Jordan Dillow

    It is true no one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes, but hypocrisy in a leader encourages hypocrisy in his followers.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  7. Mehr from Milwaukee

    I wish President Obama will make strong statements supporting the Iraninan people.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  8. Dulcie - Denver

    I realize that both Democrat and Republican politicians have committed adultery, but I find it especially reprehensible when these ultra-conservatives do so. Totally a case where they feel they are above the morals they love to preach to everyone else.

    I'm not even a Christian and yet I've never had an affair with a married man. According to most Christians, I can't possibly have decent morals, but in this case I seem to have done better than Ensign.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  9. Lori from IL

    I just find these whole political sexual scandals unbelievable - when Congress was calling for the impeachment of President Clinton over sexual indiscretions. Talk about the "pot calling the kettle black" - Unfortunately, this issue crosses party lines and I have a feeling is not going away any time soon -

    June 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  10. ericacnn

    hi, everyone. the evolving story in iran is impossible to turn away from

    June 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  11. Carmella

    Why did he come forward? The press reported he was being black mailed and that is the reason he came forward. That says to me it would have been kept secret and his coming forward was not geniune.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  12. Nick, NC

    Democracy doesn't happen over night! It is unfortunately forged in blood and tears!

    It is important to note that change will gradually come since you can only fool the people for so long!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  13. susan

    Twitter, Facebook, Ipods....this is no your father's revolution Iran.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  14. Ernesto

    Iran will not collapse, the regime will and we need to be ready to help the new movement and democracy!!!!!!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  15. david

    I wish all the best to the people of Iran. I hope this is a turning point in the Middle East

    June 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  16. John Olaobaju

    Why is Iranian government accusing US Government of meddling in its internal affairs? I did not hear anyone mention that Americans with the exception of Iranian-Americans, who by anyway has right to do so, cast a single vote in their election and no American was caught on Tehran streets protesting the outcome of the election. It is Iranians fighting for their rights.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  17. Minou, New York City

    @ Megan Dresslar: thank you! yes, he's fine, but he is in Tehran...just watching German tv cuz he speaks fluent German.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  18. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I couldn't believe my eye!!!!!! That's really shock to me Senator John Ensign already admitted have other affair, I think He will be out of senator fast.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  19. Arianne, AZ

    Sen. John Ensign is one of the people who displays the distortion of the word "values". He is one of the people who uses the word "values" to mean going to church and voting republican instead of what it should mean: Honesty, loyalty, and wisdom.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  20. Jonathan

    It's about time the iran citizens rise up and make there voice heard, we are behind you 100%!! the U.S. nedds to support the citizens of iran, just by the footage being shown, the iranians are tired of thier oppresive, abbusive govn't and we as americans should help the people acheive the state of democracy they desire.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  21. Leyla

    I am so extremely proud of all these young people. They are risking their lives for what they believe and they must have a LOT of courage to go against these riot police. I think it's about time Iran saw a change.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  22. Yasi

    It is up to the Iranian people and not the U.S. or the Obama administration to decide the future of Iran. Obama is doing a good job of keeping neutral.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  23. Jordan Dillow

    Silence or noise, will any of it really make a difference? Without outside intervention, are their efforts not in vain?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  24. Cleveland & Devona

    This is wonderful to see the masses speaking out against injustice in a peaceful manner such as this. It's about time the Iranian people stood up to their oppressive government.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  25. Casey Jones, Palm Springs, CA

    Ensign is another conservative biggot, scumbag, and hypocrite. It just goes on and on and on with our lesgislators, doesn't it?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  26. Dodie ~ California

    Its called over compensation! Focusing on someone else so you do not draw attention to yourself. Big strategy in politics. That is why I seldom if ever believe a politician.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  27. J. Barton

    The pendulum swings back and forth in Iran. I wish the Iranian people well.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  28. Idris, Chicago

    Power to the people. When every one sees Iranian people especially women, the say they are oppressed, no voice of their own. But we are all being proved wrong.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  29. Mando from Texas

    Republican affairs are becoming commonplace. The shock now would be a good ol' Democratic Senator having an affair. I think it's the hypocrisy that puts the spotlight on the Republicans when they go astray.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  30. Farsheed G

    The death toll will never be known. Thoursands have been arrested and most of the prisoners will "disappear" in their judicial system....most are tortured and many are never heard from again... PLEASE KEEP REPORTING ON THIS! DON'T FAIL THE POOR PEOPLE OF IRAN!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  31. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Tehranistan) (Spokandyland)

    irritated at the people who feel it's alright to go back on their word. Hypocrisy...seems to happen majorly to the GOP....

    June 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  32. Sam

    the US and European Union should help the clear majority of the Iranian people to free themselves. PLEASE HELP THEM MR. OBAMA!!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  33. Dodie ~ California

    Anderson... so true! The more a person is rigid on a value, the more suspicious I become of that person!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  34. Minou, New York City

    These demonstrations will have a tremendous impact in Iran whether they will achieve the goal of a new election or not. I only fear that the regime will crack down hard after the protests stop...and stop they will at one point. I understand that world leaders can't interfere, but I hope the world will make the mullahs understand that they are on the side of the reformists. They need our support.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  35. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Does this shock anyone? Infidelity doesn't even seem to shock me anymore....It has become so commonplace in our society and its really sad...just add Senator Ensign to the list...

    June 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  36. Casey Jones, Palm Springs, CA

    Interesting when you contrast how radical regimes have learned to manipulate technology to get their message out and (some) recruit others to participate in carnage and then how the same technology is now unraveling their "empires," and readily exposing them for who they really are.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  37. Hamed

    Hi Anderson,

    It is obvious that people's votes have been manipulated in Ahmadinejad's interior ministry. It was a fraudulent election.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  38. Davoud

    Anderson,

    I have been told by my relatives in Iran that most Basij and Riot police specially the ones with ski masks are not Iranian, they are Arab speaking, thought to be from Palestine and Syria.

    They are using these foreigners to beat and kill the Iranian people.

    besides the 3 mil hardliners the rest of the country hates the government and wants it gone for ever.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  39. vida

    Thanks for Dr. Milani interview; It is important to hear those who have the right information and can analyze things intelligently.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  40. Yasi

    There is doubt that Iran is headed towards a rapidly changing future with greater freedoms and human rights for all Iranians.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  41. christiangonzalez ontario canada

    I've tried to go on iranian websites. (official government websites) and all of them are down.
    the Iranian embassy's website here in Ottawa is down.
    Let's keep the pressure of Iran. Hopefully other dictatorship states try to give their citizens human rights. Don't these government officials have children, daughters, mothers, sisters. How can they treat women this way?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  42. Rick

    Ask Sanjay how many deaths have been attributed to marijuana use as opposed to how many by smoking.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  43. Ahmed Amr, Egypt

    Nothing changes in this part of the world, every ruler don't want to leave the chair and people will have to pay the price tag for those years, its unfair when entire nations want democracy and only one person don't, shame.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  44. Mando from Texas

    Well, if the print newspapers weren't in trouble, they are now. It's been the internet leading the news out of Iran, even ahead of TV and radio.
    History in the making is what we're witnessing I guess.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  45. Matt

    No, it will not be peaceful. The current regime will not give in, leaving the people only two options: Submit or overthrow.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  46. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    another politician with another sex scandal? ugh...

    June 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  47. Troy

    Hi Anderson,

    Thanks for covering the Irans news. Milani was great and insightful. What Iran needs now is rejection of this election by west and demand a free election.

    Help us

    June 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  48. Dodie ~ California

    Change is always painful whether it be a person or a country! Iran is not collapsing, it is just struggling for change. Remember, we had the civil war!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  49. John Olaobaju

    What is happening in Iran is a good revolution to get rid of bad revolution. This is the best time for the world leaders to support Iranians.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good evening everyone!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
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