February 18th, 2011
09:43 PM ET

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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.

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  1. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I wish we could get video of the actual shooters.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  2. Helen Frautschi

    In the phone conversation you just aired, with the man in Libya, at the last (inaudible words) you had, I believe he said "treating the people".

    February 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  3. lisal -canada

    yes, there are other things going on in the world – in america too

    there are also a kazzillion other channels (and even other shows on CNN) that are quite dutifully covering that barrage of topics

    one of the things that makes this show unique and intense is that is does NOT just follow the same news menu of the day – and that is a good thing

    February 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  4. Chris

    Anderson, Your program has the best TV reporting I can find on these protests and government atrocities occurring in the Middle East. You are doing a vital service for those people and for us here in the US. Keep it up. You are very appreciated.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  5. Gabriela Yanez

    Thank you Anderson for reporting news about the fight for freedom in Bahrain and other middle east countries.

    You are doing a wonderful job. Don't stop. May God watch over you, the reporters on the ground and the people of Bahrain and Libya.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  6. Janis

    The United States needs to take a good hard look at their diplomatic relationships with the monsters they call leaders in the middle east. I don't want to be associated with them in anyway. We should be ashamed of ourselves for supporting these people.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  7. Sonia

    Those that think these revolutions are not important should realize that this is like our revolution of 1776.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  8. sam

    please keep an eye on libya becuse he will destroy every buddy if we let him

    February 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  9. Nicole Netherlands

    @ Starr, I live among a lot of "Arab" people, Turkish and Maroccan, with a mosq round the corner and though we live apart, I "know" these faces...these are the same faces I see on the streets.It is awful.
    But I am so thankful for you tube (!)

    Moftah is a hero, Khadaffi IS crazy.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  10. Paul

    Keep up the good work of covering this hugely important story. Exposing the vileness of the corrupt regimes is journalism at its best

    February 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  11. Mark E T

    I lived in Egypt during high school, and never thought that i would see what I did on CNN. We lived in Ma'adi, and I have many Arab friends still in Egypt... I want to lend my pride in their struggle and freedom. I would love to see liberty come to those in Libya. As far as Moftah, what an amazingly brave and courageous person. There are many more like him who are supremely intelligent, yet they are suppressed and kept in a state of subordination. Thank you for covering and reporting the true state of affairs...

    February 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  12. Raye


    Absolutely! Keep us all informed! It's a fight for Humanity & the world HAS to know!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  13. Carl

    The time is long past due for Americans to demand that our government stopped propping up and making deals with despots for oil and military bases. Shah Pahlevi, Manuel Nuriega, Saddam Hussein, Hosni Mubarak, the House of Saud – the list goes on ad nauseam. With each courageous group standing up for democracy, we are proven hypocrites as we stand by and watch them get murdered by farcical mega-rich dictators. We are a republic that sells democracy like soap. But we do nothing to help when the truly brave stand up for liberty and freedom. We should be ashamed.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  14. Andrew

    History is in the making in the Arab world. I wish in the future when looking back, we can say that the innocent brave lives were not lost for nothing. Keep the reporting coming brave journalists.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  15. Chadwick

    Anderson keep doing what your doing,all of people risking their lives to talk out what is happen deserve to have their voice heard. Anyone asking that you move on doesn't get it at all. Every human deserves to enjoy freedom.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  16. Ima

    Thanks Anderson for great coverage on the Middle East/Africa uprising. The least we can do for these protesters is to tell their story. Once again, thank you.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  17. Lou Khoury


    I am impressed by your courageous coverage of the events in the Middle East; please keep us informed.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  18. Ellede

    Please keep on these stories from the Middle East. I know we have things going on here, but I can find out about that more easily. If CNN stops coverage, we're left with just Twitter.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  19. Fatemeh Moharer

    Hi Anderson,
    Awesome reporting! Thank you. Please keep the Iranian story alive. The youth in Iran count on you and other reports to keep their story alive. I wish you and Ben could go to Iran.Trust me Iran story is even worse than Bahrain. We just do not see it. Again many thanks.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  20. Jacqueline

    I see your African map lit up with protest in the northern part of Africa. There are at least 11 democratic elections taking place in West Africa this year. What is happening in the Ivory Coast? There was a democratic election and the loser refuses to step down. It was the most expensive, and the most watched election in the world.

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

    Faoud Ajami provides excellent background and thoughtful insights which add immensly to understanding the crisis in the Middle East.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  22. JD

    a few minutes ago when the video from Libya was shown I felt like crying, to see innocent unarmed people being attacked "in cold blood" as the reporter said. I appreciate Anderson Cooper reporting this in a manner that shows a real concern for the people, and not just talking it rotely as "news"

    February 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  23. Kate

    Arwa is so brave. The reporters are all amazing. We in America must pay more attention and not be complacent. The struggle of these people is not new, it has been ongoing for generations. Please do not move on!! We need to know, to hear their voices, and bear witness to the savage treatment of peaceful protested. They have been silenced far too long.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  24. Judith

    Thank you,Anderson for sticking to this horrific news and allowing Moftah to speak. His pain and his determination give pause to the true cost for freedom for all in his area. May we not soon forget what others go through.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  25. Bill Herod

    CNN continues to do great work covering these extraordinary events. Thank you for your heroic efforts to bring Truth to Power.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  26. Pat

    Keep it up Anderson...the struggles for democracy must be told and we can't close our eyes! To those that much is given, much is required.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  27. Lilette Subedi

    Thank you for continually covering current events in the Middle East. The ramifications for our (USA) future directly relate to what happens on the global stage. Listening to Moftah speaking from Libya and risking his life, one cannot but empathize and be truly appreciative of the great freedoms we take for granted within the parameters of our democratic system of our American republic.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  28. Sam

    At least there is a reporter in Bahrain. There is none in Iran. The dictatorship in Iran has blocked all internet and have surrounded the house of the opposition leaders. They have blocked all phone connections and even prevent their children from visiting them!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  29. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Do we know who the protesters in Bahrain are?

    February 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  30. Norma

    Anderson, please continue to report on the unrest in the Middle East. We don't know how lucky we are in the United States. We constantly complain about our government. Isn't is great that we CAN do that.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  31. Jean Starling

    Thank you for bringing us this news. In the US we don't realize how lucky we are. Keep up the good work. We need to support the freedom of the people.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  32. Sheri

    Thank you Anderson for your coverage on Libya and all of the middle east, it is heart wrenching. This coverage will help them succeed eventually. Heart felt appreciation for your courageous work

    February 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  33. Ekaloa

    Good to see Prof. Fuwad again, he really speak in depth about these despots in Arab countries

    February 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  34. Libya

    Hi Anderson Cooper
    Thank you for covering the event in Libya and i hope you continue to do so
    what is happening is a massacre, and it should stop
    alot of people are losing their life and somebody should do something about it
    please help us so the world can know what is going on
    if you need more info i will happy to provide you

    February 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  35. Janis

    The professor is so great. I'm so glad to see him and help explain the chaos.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  36. Kimberly

    I just heard you explain your coverage of Libya and saying that some want US to move on. No. Your coverage is a light shining on this and is much needed. YOU, sir, are making a difference as you cannot yet imagine.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  37. jeannie

    Thanks for covering the protests and tragic bloodshed in the Middle East.
    The problems and issues in our country pale by comparison. This is history in the making and people are risking their lives every moment.

    Keep covering this AC, it's the right thing to do.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  38. tim

    Very compelling, not to mention disturbing.
    Commending CNN and Anderson Cooper for keeping us informed. Every night I turn on AC360 for at least a time, for an update.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  39. Ruth

    Thank You 360 for your continuing coverage of the Mid East crisis. Despite other Americans complaints about the extensive coverage, I wanted to let you know that I am glued to my TV because of this momentous course of events. There is nothing more important going in the world than what is happening over there. They are fighting for democracy, what is more important than that?

    February 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  40. sharon

    Anderson, no matter what you hear from some people please know that there are many of us who respect you greatly for keeping focus on what is important. Keep up the good work.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  41. James

    I cant stand the argument being put out as why we support these dictators. We should be loyal to the people of these countries, but never to their dictators!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  42. Karen

    Anderson, keep up the great reporting. We must know what others are struggling with....this is world changing news. Thank you.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  43. Michael

    Watching your live conversation with that gentleman from Libya who risks his life just to speak with you strikes a nerve in me. It is real what is happening, getting the raw story to the world is critical to help these people.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  44. Liz Landon

    Good for you, CNN and Anderson, for continuing to give a voice to the people of the Middle East and Africa struggling to be heard. Those viewers who are telling you to move on, are dead wrong. We take our freedoms for granted, and it's critical that we listen to those who could only wish to share in our American-like problems.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  45. Charlotte Collins

    Good evening everyone. Yes, Anderson, I am in complete agreement. We appreciate so much your covering the events of the middle east.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  46. Nadia

    Thank you so much for caring enough to talk about these uncomfortable issues. I am American/Libyan living here and feel a lot of pain when I think of what is happening there. Please, please do now stop reporting. The people will die if we do not stand up for what's right.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  47. Nura

    Anderson, thank you for your coverage of Libya. Please share the severe need for medical aid and blood to the country particularly in Benghazi. Mercinaries are killing innocent people.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  48. CeCe n DC

    Anderson, – thank you for taking the profound stand to give that Libyan man a chance to speak with the world for what could be his last time.
    Most of this world's injustices have happened behind the backs of the just and in the darkness where those with power to help can not see.
    Knowing all that America went thru to establish itself I am astounded someone would have nerve to suggest this Libyan and this topic be shut up. – Carry On Anderson!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  49. Syed

    you are doing the best job. Keeping us well informed with any attachments. I hope there will be a change in Bahrain.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  50. gina

    I am glued to your broadcast/videos of what is going on in the Middle East: keep up the great coverage.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
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