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) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
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soundoff (377 Responses)
  1. Gary

    Put yourselves in the shoes of these people. Then ask yourself what kind of help you would want against the oppressive environments in which they are living.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  2. jerry bourassa

    Hi Anderson: I just heard you mention that some of your viewers want you to move on from your coverage of the ME. Firstly, let me say that you and your staff are truly doing God's work, truly. I spent 14 yrs there working, living, and traveling while raising a family and have many Arab friends from all walks of life there. What is happening now is truly historic and will have deep ramifications for the world. I'm glad that you at CNN recognize this. Keep up the great work – Please!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  3. Carolyn

    @Raye – Yes... I agree with you... Anderson, please keep us all informed... the world has a right to know about what is happening everywhere in the Middle East.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  4. Beth

    Anderson said some were complaining that there is other domestic news to cover as well. That's true but we are lucky in this country that our lives are not threatened for speaking out. If these people want to risk their lives, they should be heard.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  5. Carmine

    Continue covering the revolts in the Middle East: only those who take their freedoms for granted could turn their hearts away from these bloody events. Unfortunately, because the West largely forgets our own struggles for freedom, we are doomed to suffer creeping authoritarianism as well, whether from the government or the corporate sector.
    Your work has been exemplary.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  6. Lori

    I never thought I would see this happening throughout the Arab world.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  7. Jonte

    I hope all of the Middle Eastern and African countries with dirty leaders are Successful in what they are trying to achieve. The fact is that we live in a new world with old leaders and people are tired of the same old ways. How could you Kill your own people?

    February 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  8. Framces

    Yes, please continue to cover the events in Libya and elsewhere. I applaud the decision of you, your producers and network owners to bring this news to the American people. The people who want you to move on are probably those involved in the very important events occurring in Wisconsin. There is time for both. For now, we in America are able to protest without being killed by our government. It hasn't always been this way–witness Kent State or the civil rights marches. We need to be informed citizens of the world to continue to protect our own freedoms and to support the struggles of others in the world who seek freedom also.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  9. Lisa Kovach

    I am proud of you Anderson Cooper. Keep telling the story of the battle for freedom in the Middle East. All people are entitled to freedom and to live without constant fear. Be the voice of the people who don't have the guns. You have become a lifeline to these people.

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

    America should speak out. Obama should speak out. How can they just stand by and watch these people being gunned down! Fouad Ajami speaks the truth. I am so glad Anderson brings him on his show.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  11. Mac

    I'm so impressed by Anderson's continuing coverage of these protests. There's none of the thought-killing need to give so-called balance to the issue by giving equal weight to both sides.

    Anderson sees and speaks the truth and calls it like he sees it.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  12. Soumiea

    Thank you for your continued coverage of the massacre in Libya. As a Libyan-American, it is extremely difficult to sit by and know that the atrocities being committed in Libya as I type this will be unknown to the majority of the world.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  13. wyatt cook

    Great show(s) as always!! Keep up the great work. I listen to you almost every evening and enjoy very much how you approach and dig deep into stories and people and issues that affect us all.
    Thank you.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  14. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Some people can be so heartless. Remember, God judges us by the way we treat our fellow man.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  15. Darnel

    To quote Melanie "...It is time that the leaders of the world realize they serve only with the permission of the people..." I would have to correct you and revise to read It is time that the leaders of the world realize they serve only at the pleasure of the people and may be replaced at any time.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  16. Layla

    Thanks for coverage on Libya! Please continue to cover this story and encourage CNN to be involved. The people are being massacred! In Tripoli they have shut down the city, and not allowed people to leave. Threatening text msgs have been sent out to all cell phones warning people that if they come out to protest they will be shot immediately. Journalists need to be allowed into the country to cover what is going on! Gaddaffi is committing genocide against his own people!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  17. Mohammed Mahbouba

    Dear Anderson,
    I want to say that your a doing a great service to the whole world by covering the demonstrations in the Arab world; I can't thank you enough!
    Look at Aljazeera's covering of the events in Bahrain; it's shameful. Their flimsy journalistic integrity and independence went out of the door as soon as the event got closer to their masters.

    Best Regards,

    Arab American

    February 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  18. debbie

    Thank you Anderson for covering the protests in bahrain,you are right the world needs to know what is happening in libya, it is unacceptable. People of bahrain stay strong we are on your side.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  19. JonB

    If the regime falls in Bahrain will Iran follow? To the Prof. How much longer can the Iranian regime hang on considering the trend in the M.East?

    February 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  20. Liz Campbell

    I have traveled to Egypt and seen the oppression of the police there frist hand. I just heard the phone interview with Moftah from Lybia. This brave man has my prayers and I just wish there was something I could do to help him. He brought me to tears with his desire for freedom and his conviction.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  21. Jeanpaul

    Good evening Anderson, 360 team and everyone.

    When the gentleman from Libya was talking he made a comment that was un-audioable to you, but I caught it he said "he (Gadafi) should go to Jeddah to join Mubbarak and Ben Ali" Jeddah is Saudi Arabia, they are known to be housing such Tyrants as Mubbarak, Ben Ali and Idi Amin of Uganda.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  22. lane tyler

    i was unable to join the live chat for wgatever reason. i am talking to an egyptian fellow on FACEBOOK letting him know americans support what they are fighting for and the other countries who are fighting these repressive regimes!

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

    i brother is in libya i'm worried about him please don't stop reporting libya need cnn and ur help qudafi is crazy he wouldn't think twice about genocide.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  24. Debbie

    Anderson & crew: You cannot spend too much time showing us what is going on in the Middle East right now. Thank you.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  25. Vincent Blas

    Oh...if only a domino effect would occurr from Egypt, Tunisia, to Libya. That would be something to look out for.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  26. Brent D

    Please continue to bring attention to these events that are taking place in the Middle East. Few others are saying a word and the world needs to know what is happening to these people who just want peace, liberty and freedom. . .all things we take for granted in the U.S. Thank you, your crew, and all the reporters who are on the ground in the Middle East risking their lives to bring attention to these atrocities. Please do not stop your coverage until the U.S. must stand for what is right.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  27. Moss

    Anderson, you have provided by far the most accurate and best reporting of all events with fairness and impartiality. Keep up the good work. People in the area need your support.Well done. Can not say as much about the US Government's reaction which has been self serving and hypocritical. Where is all the jumping up and down about Bahrain where the American base is. People in the area and indeed arround the worls have woken up to this policy of the US. The most oppressive regime in the area is Saudi Arabia, and surprise it is a close friend of the administration

    February 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  28. Grace, SF, CA

    I am so deeply greatful for your heartful, intelligent and continued coverage of the Middle East protests. It is inspiring and important for every human to see this kind of graphic courageous cry for freedom. Personally, each of us is symbolically represented as we hopefully find our own courage to free ourselves emotionally, psychically and/or spiritually. A BIG Thank You, Anderson, and my God, to these brave souls.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  29. S tarr, formerly known as vincent

    @linda makhlouf – your post was so true.

    We (USA) defintely need to change our relationship to Bahrain or ANy other country that we are allied with.
    The best way is to affect their Economy.
    Like you, i despise what is going on and the US Has to take some kind of action.

    @Sam – i saw your post to me on Wed. to late to reply. I enjoy what your write!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  30. Stew

    To answer those that think that AC360 shouldn't report on the turmoil in the Mid East – go away, children, you're bothering the adults in the room.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  31. Carolann, Toronto Ontario Canada

    AC – Keep up the excellent reporting on the news from the Middle East! There are millions of Canadians who watch you every night and depend on you for international news. Thank you!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  32. jamie

    I don't understand how people could not support all the protests that are happening. They are fighting for the same thing we have here in the states. For humans not to support human rights throughout the world is ignorant and wrong. Every living breathing person deserves the right to live freely. We are born to live, not to be scared and feel worthless. These people deserve a chance to live how they choose. It's a human right.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  33. Fatemeh Moharer

    We need reporters in Iran.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  34. Nic I.

    While this is an outrage, I am outraged to hear that viewers think that the media is overly focused on this crisis. These people fail to realize revolutions stirring in the Middle East will greatly impact America's economy and people. They will change their minds when Saudi Arabia has to intervene resulting in devastating gas prices.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  35. AaronJWarren

    Those people are going to be massacred. Khalifa and Gaddafi are madmen

    February 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  36. Badariah

    Bahrain Rulers should have listened to their peoples grievances earlier on as being a Shiate or a Sunni was never a problem in Bahrain before otherwise you would not have so many Govt seats hold by the Shiate people. Now the problem do become a Sectorian issue. Too bad, the Rulers listened to the wrong advice.

    Badariah, Malaysia.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  37. Simone (Canada)

    I was appalled when I heard you say some people have said you should "MOVE ON", I am stunned by the selfishness of such a thought!
    The world needs to see and hear what is happening in the Middle East.... what if this were happening in our countries? We need to collectively send our positive thoughts, hopes and messages to those in peril. Anderson, I for one am saying please "DO NOT MOVE ON'.
    Arwa, Nic,Ben et al...Please be safe!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  38. Sara

    Keep going Mr Cooper. The middle east seems to be falling apart. Too many Americans feel that anything across the ocean has nothing to do with us. We cannot bury our heads in the sand. Everything will affect us in some way. We need to be aware. Thank you for your wonderful work and coverage.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  39. lilly

    Nic, Arwa and crew please stay safe, your family and friends need you. You're doing a tremendous job covering this story.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  40. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Carl...ABSOLUTELY! Well-stated.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  41. cristof

    Hi, I worked allaround the M.E.for many years I understand and agree why people protest in Libia,Tunisia,Egipt,Iran....and I agree,but why in Bahrain,and professor Fuad I believe that He can only speculate.Bahrain is the Switzerland of the M.E. I strongly believe that there is a outside instigator over this mess.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  42. Sherry

    Please continue your indepth coverage so that the world can put pressure on these governments to listen to their citizens. All they want is a better quality of life and they deserve that.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  43. marcy Hardaloupas

    Thank you for being what the news should be reporting and helping people around the world whose problems are critical -life, freedom and prosperity. The role of the media is to inform the world so that pressure can be put on them to change. Put some pressure on our government to stop supporting dictators who support our narrow political and monetary goals. keep it up. It gives me courage to fight our battles here because we have a battle for our own democracy

    February 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  44. Osman

    A series of questions:
    1 – Shia and Sunni: Do we want another Iraq? Handing Bahrain to Pro-Iranians?
    2 – IS Bahrain the answer orchestrated by Iran to the demonstrations supported by "the West" in Iran?
    3 – Someone stated that the further you are from the US the longer your regime will survive.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  45. liz, gainesville fl

    thank you so much for the coverage of the middle east uprisings. Real reporting and riveting

    February 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  46. Carolyn

    I care about the people in Libya... the man on the phone is so brave... God Bless Him & All The People In Libya.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  47. Christine

    Thank you agin and again for your continued coverage of unrest in the Middle East. The world is actually counting on you to keep us informed – no other network does it as consistently and completely. Also please revisit Cairo and Alexandria – as you know – it's not over by any means.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  48. Jeannie

    Keep reporting Anderson – its important to see what is happening! I agree with Rob!! My concern is that its going to happen here!!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  49. Mary

    Good show tonight, I concur with Sharon.The distraught videos help send out the truth. Keep it up. You are of great help to have these people's voices heard.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  50. Emily

    "they are thugs from chad, not other middle eastern countries."
    Thanks for that, Amira. That fact that Thugs are coming from other countries is very disturbing. These protesters are peaceful and not breaking laws...

    February 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
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