February 18th, 2011
09:43 PM ET

New Video of Crackdown: Join the Live Chat

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Breaking News tonight on 360°. We have shocking evidence of peaceful protesters gunned down in Bahrain. All of it caught on tape. Plus, thousands of protesters converge on Wisconsin's state capital this Friday, like other days. Will their anger push the governor to drop his proposal to cut benefits for public workers, including their collective bargaining rights? We'll have a live report from Madison and talk it over with our political panel.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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  1. Nancy in Oregon

    Oh Sharon Hastings, it's so sad, but 'brutal dictators' run far more common than just a few powerful leaders. I have seen far too many brutal dictators on every level in society, from schools to hospitals to home fronts.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  2. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    This slaughter makes me ill.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  3. Sunil


    You guys are doing a great job making the voices of these opressed people heard by the world! Great journalism! Thank you!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  4. Ben

    Lately, we (US) continue to find ourselves on the wrong side and attempt to smoothly transition to the right side when someone else has done all the effort and spilt all the blood to correct these wrongs.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  5. sam

    i send a message all what i am saying the libyan emassy paid some student to protest to gadaffi or they will cut ther money

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  6. Ahmed Rasheedy

    From egypt we want to thank you anderson for all your coverage for the uprising in Egypt and continuing covering whats happening in the arab world, the tyrants have been ruling for too long.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  7. Rob

    Anderson, please DO NOT shy away from bold coverage of global events, despite some negative feedback you have reported from viewers who want you to "move on". Nothing great has ever been accomplished by catering to the lowest common denominator of public opinion.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  8. cicly

    of course we have to know about this. we can't move on. no matter how hard it is to take, we have to be witnesses to this brutality.it has to be put down. these heads of state must be held accountable.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  9. Bob

    As for those complaining of the dearth of domestic news coverage tonight, I say you should stay with the coverage of the middle east! This is huge, much bigger than anything going on in the US right now.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  10. Maria Teresa Maturana

    God evening Mr Cooper, and thank you again for continuing to cover these stories. We must expose these madmen and support the efforts of the people from these countries for their fight for freedom.

    As you mentioned a few minutes ago, they are risking their lives, let's give them all our support.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  11. Robin

    The GCC met last night and backed the Bahraini government crackdown.
    The GCC consists of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,United Arab Emirates and Abu Dhabi. Saudi Arabia is our closest Arab ally in the Middle East. How can Obama not intervene in this carnage? We are supporting protesting in Iran while condemning the Iranian government brutal crackdown which is nothing compared to shooting sleeping protesters and firing from helicopters. Is the US willing to go to war over this should it provoke Iran which will support the Shia of Bahrain and the Eastern Province?

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  12. Lincoln

    I can't believe that people would ask Anderson to switch from the middle east to report on other things. This is a revolution that will change the history of this planet. Good job Anderson, stick with it.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  13. Sam

    All these dictatorships have the same tactics. Iran brings government people in protests, showing it on TV and chanting against the same Iranian people that fight for freedom. Ghadafi does the same thing. What is happening in bahrain is absolutely brutal. The world should help these people.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  14. nasir hassen

    anderson you doing very nice job leting the world know what is going on in countrys where dictators rule for decades.
    thank you anderson

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  15. Omar

    Keep reporting these monstrosities! Let the people know the Arab peoples struggle for democracy!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  16. Lisa in Louisville

    Keep reporting on Lybia and Bahrain – we (American's) take our freedoms and security for granted. I can't imagine living under the conditions that people living in a dictatorship live.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  17. Susan

    Anderson, you are doing a GREAT job. We really like your comments. We understand that if we don't change things in America soon, and if we don't protect our Contsitutional rights of free speech & freedom on the Internet without the DHS looking over our shoulder, we may end up in the same bucket as Libya someday. The teachers need to listen to the man you interviewed!!!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  18. Husam

    Anderson, you are contributing in making history by shedding light on liberation movements in the Middle East that... Your name should be in every Middle East Country!! You are not just an ankor, but rather a hero...

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  19. lilly

    The people of the middle east have been kept in the dark so long. Thanks to the internet, they have gotten to see what freedom is all about. We are now also seeing the cruelty of these dictators towards their own country. They were propably were always told that Americans hate them, but now the world sees the truth, it's not Americans that hate their countries but their own government.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  20. Val

    Hi, Anderson. I've just heard your comment about people asking you to move on. I have lived through the communism fall and the street fights back in '89 and I like many others from that side of the world understand the drama unfolding – you are doing a GREAT job by letting them talk and letting the world hear what is happening there where innocent people are killed because a crazy dictator wouldn't leg go of his power! DON'T STOP!! LET THEM TALK (I am not shouting at you – just strongly agreeing with what you're doing).

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  21. joy

    we have a bureacacy and conflicts here at home but we are blessed not to have the bloodshed bestowed upon us.. as what is happening elsewhere .. like tonite ..we have a voice.. yet our govt. does not shed blood to shoosh us..

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  22. Carol

    God bless the Modtah's of the world. I work in Burma - and it is the same there. People will speak about the abuse, and their longing for freedom, but at high risk.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  23. Susan

    It is amazing to hear, for the first time, real people in the middle east talk about their lives, now in so much turmoil. I am ashamed of my government supporting these sleazy dictators & so appreciate what Anderson Cooper is doing to call their lies out.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  24. Melanie

    @Jo Ann That is certainly true but as history has shown when a people are willing to sacrifice life and limb, governments are overthrown. Therefore, all leaders serve with the permission of the people. When people get hungry enough they rise up and overthrow governments who don't care.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  25. Peter

    I absolutley agree the world needs to know about the critical events in the Middle East and your coverage is helpful and compelling. It is also important to provide similar insights into the events in Wisonsin so more people can understand the issues and consider the implications. It is not a choice between the Middle East and Wisconsin....it is both. Thanks

    February 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  26. Mark Pine

    Keep up the good work of reporting on the Arab uprisings, Anderson. I don't agree with viewers who say you should move on to domestic stories. These revolts of the people are too important to ignore - for America and the whole world.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  27. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    May every man be free to enjoy what God has put upon this earth!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  28. S tarr, formerly known as vincent


    Please, keep the coverage going. The world needs to KNow what is happening to these innocent protesters!
    We, the public, depend on Your excellent coverage & CNN's continued and excellent coverage of these events.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  29. Edgar Rodriguez


    I want to thank you for showing this to the world. Yes, there are problems in the US (I'm a UC Berkeley student with $200 to my name) but there are bigger problems in the world, like an oppressed people, and it is our job, specially the media, to spread the word.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  30. Sarah

    Anderson, please continue to cover these crackdowns in length. I totally agree – these people DESERVE to be mentioned! Good job! That is the least we can do as fellow humans who enjoy freedom and wish the same for them.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  31. Naima

    I am from Libya, a US citizen now, please keep reporting about Libya. Gadhafi is a horrible dictator that need to be overthrown, they need help! Thank you Anderson Cooper for reporting this, the world needs to know how bad his Regime is.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  32. Paula, Colorado

    Amazing interview with the protester from Libya. The repressive regimes never realize that ruling through fear is not real strength.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  33. Nar

    Thank you for showing the interview with Mr. Moftah.
    The world needs to know about what is happening in Libya. There are horrific videos coming out with killing of civilians demonstrating, very disturbing.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  34. Amira

    @emily – they are thugs from chad, not other middle eastern countries.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  35. hend

    My father has spent 20+ years in exile fighting Gaddafi after his brother was a political prisoner for 13 years. Thank you Anderson for giving the Libyan people a voice tonight.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  36. Sara

    Please keep covering this. Their voices need to be heard!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  37. Sonia

    I hope that peace comes to those that desire it with there own life. CNN please continue to cover this story it needs to be told!!!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  38. Caroline

    This is absolutely horrific! Please keep the American Public informed. Do NOT move on...as some people are requesting. This needs to be focused on by America!!!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  39. Janis

    Move on to other stories – people are dying and being killed!! Libya is trying to release itself from an insane man who will kill them to stay in power.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  40. Elizabeth

    Anderson, please don't stop covering what's happening in the Middle East. I know there are important stories here in the United States, but we get that all day long–your hour is one of the few on TV that informs viewers about what's really happening in this vital region.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  41. Ekaloa

    Great interview AC, let us hear more about Libiya, Bahrain and others in that region, most of the despots in that region , what they think , when they kill innocent people.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  42. Kacie

    Your reporting on Libya really touched me, i'm a college student who is attending Penn State University and appreciates it so much, free press and open disclosure should be everywhere and you make that happen. Thank you, Anderson. <3

    February 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  43. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Starr and Nicole,
    I agree both of you...... That was so bad days for protesters got hurt and killed, that is so disturbing video, Unacceptable their behavior.... I think protesters want Ganfandi out of his office, he is dictatorship & regime.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  44. Nina

    Muammar al-Gaddafi had threatened missiles on American Bases in Greece and Italy in the 1980s until President Reagan bombed his palace.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  45. Sharon Hastings

    These stories are all the same–brutal dictators and their thugs and hangers on control the country with violence and steal all the wealth leaving the people in poverty and without hope, living in fear.

    Yes Anderson, please keep covering it. This is an incredibly important time in history.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  46. Sam

    Please keep covering all the events happening in the Libya, Bahrain, Iran. You are the only source of support for these people.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  47. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Every man should be free meaning mankind!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  48. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Qaddafi is a dictator and should have been overthrown long ago. It is too bad many western countries, including the U.S., chose to ignore the atrocities in Libya for so many years.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  49. Maura Leitch

    We hope that peace will come to Libya.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  50. Nancy in Oregon

    I agree, JoAnn. Oppressors don't care...whether oppressive family members, employers, politicians, or dictators.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
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