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.

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  1. Anna Marie

    I applaude your coverage of the profound changes making history in the Middle East. Lest we forget, this is how the United States was born. Keep it coming.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  2. Terry

    Are the security forces in Bahrain using weapons, tear gas, etc. on demonstrators obtained through the millions of dollars in US military aid to the country? What are the legal implications for the US? Have any reporters looked into this, asked US officials about it? This hit the news briefly in Cairo re: tear gas, but potential implications seem far more serious in Bahrain,

    February 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  3. Gillian McCrostie

    Just listened to the phone call from the Libyan protester. I am overwhelmed by the courage of these people. How can we help? He said "we want the world to stand by us". How in practical terms can we do this? We must find a way to help.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  4. Susan

    Anderson, yes, please keep reporting on these middle-eastern revolutions. Your courage in Egypt was awesome and your determination to continue to tell the truth is what true journalism is.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  5. Emily

    @Anderson, & 360°Team,
    I don't know who was telling yous all to move on. I think that what has been happening in the Middle East could change everything there. It really is revolutionary. The fact that people are so willing to die & ARE Dying in the streets (without cause) seems very newsworthy. I hope that yous continue to cover this. Thanks.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  6. Kate

    Does the Professor think the Saudi government will sent troops to boost the Bahrain forces in their attempt to stop the protestors?

    February 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  7. Kirsten

    There must be something very wrong with the world for a government to openly kill its own people for protesting peacefully. The Bahrainian government has so much to answer for, yet all they give are excusses to justify the killing of innocents. Maybe if the United States withdrew their aid to the Bahrainian government, then Gadaffi and his officials would understand the consequences to what they are doing. All people deserve the right to be free! The sooner Gadaffi realizes this the better!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  8. Paula, Colorado

    It is incredible to see what is happening in just a week after the revolution in Egypt.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  9. Ahmed. Denver

    Thank you AC for showing the world what is going on in Libya

    February 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  10. Jeanpaul

    Anderson I also would like to Thank you with all my heart for not only doing an amazing job with your coverage in the middle east but also for turly caring! You and CNN are the only American news network/reporter that have covered the middle east protests with such accuracy and explicit details. You have proved that you/CNN are the only network that's worth watching.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  11. Calvin M.

    There comes a time where intervention must come. The United States of America should only encourage Gaddafi and his regime to step down from power. If the brave protester is correct in what he said about Gaddafi being a ruthless and stubborn leader, this will prove to be difficult.

    As for outright intervention. This should only come if Gaddafi unleashes on the general population performing mass murder.

    As for the broadcast thus far, excellent. I hope to see more information in the future about the events that unfold during this time.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  12. sarrah

    Thank you Anderson. I am having a hard time controlling my tears. As a Libyan American (raised in the US in the 80's) I have finally seen on television someone who cares about Libyans. You are absolutely correct, Moftah is risking his life, and deserves our admiration and help. Please continue the coverage, it is a matter of life and death.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  13. sam

    America should speak out. Obama should speak out. How can they just stand by and watch these people being gunned down! I am so glad Anderson brings him on his show. god bless u anderson

    February 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  14. Firouzeh

    I have been watching AC360 religiously every night and I am so happy you are the only program that shows what is going on in Egypt, Bahrain, etc.. Yes the world has to know what is going on in these countries.
    I hope for freedom for all these people. I do understand what they feel as I am orginally Persian and what happened to my country...
    I love your program.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  15. Rachel Widerman


    The King of Bahrain has money, power, and affluence. However, a video like the one CNN just showed can overshadow any of those things.

    Thank you Moftah and the brave civilians who carry their cameras as armor. Americans hear you, and are behind you!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  16. Azuka

    i think this people have been there for a long time they need to leave, 40years, a man in the sit of power for a decade not only steal but kill and ruin things.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  17. S tarr, formerly known as vincent

    @Nichole – i agree – Gadaffi is CRAZY!

    God bless Prof. Ajami's analysis. He speaks the truth and educates us.

    I send prayers to the jounalist like Nick R. & Arwa D., and Ben. W. They are all courageous and i appreciate the video and truth that they bring to us. Thank you.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  18. Nissrine

    Hi Anderson, thanks so much for your coverage on Bahrain and Libya. I think that it is very important to see what is going on around the world. Your coverage to all these events has been an eye opener for sure. Thank you again.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  19. MAJ

    thank you for all your work to show the truth in Egypt, Libya,Yemen,Bahrain...
    It is enough to protect and cover the dictators by our government. It is not acceptable to keep business as usual. I am praying that all of them removed from the power specially Goddafi(Libya).
    I heard that the miltary men in Bahrain are Jordanian. Is that correct?
    Thanks again for truth

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

    help us <they kill us in Bahrain
    when we slpet they attac, and open fire

    plese help Us

    February 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  21. Jonte

    Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi Should be charged as a war criminal and put to death.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  22. Jeff

    Thank you AC360!

    wow wow wow – Give and it shall be given back.

    Verified Supporter

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

    Anderson and CNN, thank you for continuing to cover the tragic situations occurring in the Middle East. Let truth and democracy prevail.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  24. Cindy in DC

    Hello Anderson and all! Keep reporting the truth Anderson....we all need to see what is going on in the Middle East and give those people there that so desperately want their freedom a platform to show the truth to the world. God Bless them......

    February 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  25. Alan Janbay

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to hear the voices of these people from Libya and Bahrain! It makes us appreciate the democracy we have here! I was born in Syria, and started a new life in the U.S where I became a naturalized citizen. I thank you Anderson for being the best in the business, for being a humanitarian!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  26. Gloria Yonkers, NY

    my heart cries for these Brave people fighting for their right to be heard. Is this not how the great United States of America was founded? We Americans should care what happens because it will ultimately affect us...Keep covering these stories Anderson...May God be with them..

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

    As I watch the news coverage, my heart breaks for the pepole in the Middle East... Prayers To All!!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  28. Jo Ann, Ohio

    It really bothers me when Obama shakes hands with dictators like Qaddafi. The U.S. should never look the other way where human rights are concerned.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  29. Eve Raine

    I was twenty-seven when Gadaffi came onto the world stage as the brutal dictator of Libya. Anderson, you say that some people are sending you emails to move on in coverage of other stories. I, for one, have lived much of my entire adult life hearing about Gadaffi's brutality; you bet, I'm so interested in ordinary people standing up to him! As their voices cry out for democracy, their human spirits are enobled! Perhaps those bored with this dramatic story have not lived in their adult lives long enough to have a sense of just how slowly and tortuously the past forty years have d~r~a~g~g~e~d the Libyan citizens along Gadaffi's death path.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  30. Sharon Hastings

    The relationships that we have with these countries and their dictators are not very popular topics in Washington.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  31. Michelle Barnard

    For those who feel that this does not affect them and they want the news to move on,its a global economy and it affects everyone if you realize it or not.

    For the man who called into the show and risked his life, I will pray for your safety and your cause.

    Good luck to the people of Bahrain.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  32. karin davie

    Amazing work Anderson – thank you for reporting the news and focusing on what is happening all over the whole Middle East – we need more news programs and networks committing to reporting the world news in depth without pandering to personal anecdotes and colorful personalities.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  33. Patti

    Please keep up the international reporting. I for one learn so much about the Middle East listening to Fouad Ajami.

    Just have to disagree with anyone who says that there is too much Middle East coverage on AC360.

    It is the one region in the world that affects the U.S. profoundly.

    With all of our problems here, when I watch this coverage it makes me all the more grateful that I live in the U.S. If nothing else, it's a reminder of how fortunate we are to be here.

    Wishing safety to the Libyan caller.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  34. Janis

    From the things I've heard of the Wikileaks, the Saudis appear to be very manipulative. Very dangerous to the whole area.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  35. Karen, MN

    Hi All,

    I'm just joining the chat. Wow! What has happened to our world in the last two 4 weeks?

    February 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  36. Nana

    Thank you Anderson and CNN for bringing this to the forefront of people's minds and awareness...
    Today , when I had called my family , there were asked " We need the world know know"
    Now, Benghazi city doest have internet or calls .
    Yes, They still can receive phone calls from outside but maybe today that will stop because Gaffi will not let any know about Benghazi or what was going on

    February 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  37. Stacey

    So sad to hear and read that some people want to 'move-on' from news / witnessing the revolution(s) and backlash in the Arab world. We need to support the people standing up to these dictators and anyone trying to report on the crackdowns. Stay with it Anderson, Moshtah, Ben, everyone at CNN.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  38. Chantale from Detroit, MI

    Yes, things are happening in America. But, we don't live in a bubble. So, for those people who wonder why you're talking about something in another country, tell them: for the same reason we talk and are concerned about why our gas and food prices are going up. We don't live in a bubble!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  39. lisal -canada

    i like seeing what is being shown on the local state tv channels in each of these countries – it is almost like these countries have a common "PR" person – did they all take the same "propeganda 101" course?

    February 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  40. Sam

    @ Fatemeh Moharer: It's impossible to get reporters in Iran. They are all banned. The government even arrests the Iranian journalists!!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  41. Chi

    Is it possible to say it is a kind of power addict when oppressive leaders are not willing to make concessions and willing to see people bleed? Inhuman.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  42. James

    One thing I have not heard in all the coverage of Bahrain is the ethnic aspect to the clashes. Sure there are Sunnis vs. Shiites but the Shiites are for the most part ethnic Iranians/Persians. They are even referred to as Bah-iranis. The Sunnis are arabs. Most Americans think these groups are the same but they are as different as Mexicans are to Spaniards. Having lived with the 5th Fleet for three years in Bahrain the ruling Sunnis do not have any love for the Iranian stoked Bah-iranis. If the Bah-iranis take over you can kiss our cozy naval bulwark in the Arabian Sea goodbye. Saudi Arabi will send forces to save King Hamed if the situation warrants. No way the Kingdom falls without a blood bath. This is not a similar situation to the other Arab revolts.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  43. Suzanna

    It is difficult for me to take in that CNN is actually getting emails asking you to ' move on' and ignore what is happening in the Middle East and instead focus on what is going on in the U.S. My husband and I urge you to stay on the important track you are on. By watching what you are filming, by watching related interviews, we can feel that we are somehow doing what we need to do....keeping our eyes on injustice and repression and making it matter in our own days. As it should.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  44. Tyler

    Thank you Anderson for covering the terrible events occurring throughout the Middle East and Africa. The world needs to see this.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  45. Stew

    Let's borrow a page from Ronald Reagan. All those government workers – teachers, state senators et al – who fail to show up for the work that they are being paid to do should be fired. The first to go should be the senators who have run away rather than do the jobs that they were elected to do.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  46. Maha from Libya

    Thank you anderson Thank you, Thank you. I can't thank you enough for covering the news in LIBYA. we need your voice, I need your voice

    February 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  47. Nader

    Among all the middle east prisons (aka governments) it was the Iranians who rose up 18 months ago, & you responded by NOT covering it at all. Compare your Egyptian coverage to your coverage of the last Iranian elections- is this the way to cover the most brutal regime in this region?
    Please try & let the world know how 70 million people are suffering in the name of religion!!!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  48. Emily

    Sounds like that might be a good idea...what Ben just said. (replacing the head of the Military in Egypt)

    February 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  49. Lisa s

    I feel awful for the man you just spoke to in Libya keep on covering this Anderson. I think Nick Robertson is so brilliant in his reporting from Bahrain.Keep up the good work. Tell the people in Washington to get their act together now. Cut our budget.If we don't get our house in order were in trouble

    February 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  50. Mohamed

    Thank you Anderson for reporting the news on Libya. The people of the Arab world speak highly of you and what you've done in the Middle East; they respect you very much. Please keep reporting on Libya. The people in the world need to hear about this brutal dictator who for 41 years held the Libyan people prisoners. Thank you Anderson.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
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