May 30th, 2011
09:49 PM ET

Syria’s alleged torture of 13-year-old boy: Join the Live Chat

Tonight, a gruesome story out of Syria where the Assad regime continues its crackdown on its own people as they protest against the government for more freedom. We're Keeping Syria Honest.

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. reem

    what kind of childhood the Syrian kids are having in this brutal regime..the whole world must recognize this crime and we as Syrian will never forgive,we will never negociate,and the Assad regime must go to the international court and we will sue every one who participate in this crime and in any similar crime against the humanity.and the dignity of the Syrian people..

    May 30, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  2. lisal -canada

    ii feel badly for the people that got stung (good tip – vinegar for stings) but jellyfish are genetially kind of cool – nite!

    May 30, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, John, Megan, Isha, and Jane, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, JoAnn, Renee, Lori-CA, Heather, BettyAnn, Starr, Sharon, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Samantha, Chi, Jana, Karyn, Lily, Merl, Marybeth, my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    See you tomorrow night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!!
    Wow!!! That was so scary I have seen that Jellyfish purple in Florida!!!! Yikes!

    Anderson will be back tomorrow night!!!! Thanks John for filling Anderson tonight!!! 🙂

    May 30, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  4. BettyAnn,TX

    Always a price to pay for technology. Look what the automobile has done to the enviroment for example. So are we all going to get brain cancer from our cells?

    May 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  5. Chi

    Jelly fish? Sounds familiar 🙂

    May 30, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  6. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I have blackberry cellphone, not to talk, Only I had text message on blackberry or pager as well. Yes, that will be safe as well, Not safe for cellphone as well when you talk your ear more danger as well. Good point, Sanjay!

    May 30, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  7. Chi

    Oh God! No way! So in this world we don't talk, don't eat for the safety sake? We can't carry fixed phone around!

    May 30, 2011 at 10:46 pm |

    AC 360 thank you for recognizing the murder of Hamza Alkhateeb tonight ...Syria has become truly horrifying

    May 30, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  9. Chi

    😀 it is like everyone uses cellphone now. It has to be safe to some extent. Do we have any kinds of substitue?

    May 30, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Yes, We do. Chi. 🙂

      May 30, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  10. Safa

    Thank you Anderson Cooper for reporting the horrific story of this young Syrian boy. The world needs to know what the Syrian people are going through under their own government. The world must speak up and stop this regime from killing more innocent people, young and old. You are the voice of Hamza al khateeb and all those who are seeking freedom in Syria.

    May 30, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  11. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I love "The Shot" Players cracked a bat as ball goes backward and dad catch ball give to his kid and begins cry and I have see John King was there Red Sox game.... He was there out of left field row!!!!!!!!!!! Nice work Isha!!!!!!! 🙂

    May 30, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  12. Chi

    Who shot that 13 boy? Syrian government forces? That's bloody.

    May 30, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      It was Syrian government forces shot him as well.

      May 30, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  13. lisal -canada

    wow – those baseball clips were really something!

    May 30, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Yes, I agree, Lisa...... 🙂

      May 30, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  14. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes!!!!! I am glad that Libyan Leader accepted cease-fire!!!!!!!!

    May 30, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  15. Nona

    I'm so sorry that an innocent 13-year-old was tortured and murdered by the Assad regime, but I do not understand why John King keeps referring to these protesters as "heroes." They are not. They have stood by silently and compliantly for generations as Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims were tortured, murdered, humiliated, herded into ghettoes, expelled, and denied basic rights in Syria. Entire non-Muslim populations have been obliterated under the two Assad regimes. Entire towns of ethnic minorities were being wiped out decades ago by the regime of Assad Sr. These protesters are not heroes. Heroes stand up for the weak and the powerless and the disenfranchised. The Syrian people took to the streets only when the persecutors turned to THEM. The Syrian people certainly do not deserve the brutality they are living under, but they've done nothing to stop the brutality of the Assad regimes toward others for generations. Only now, when they are the last ones standing, do they take to the streets. It's like the poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller come to life: "Then they came for me ,,, and there was no one left to speak out for me." I wish the Syrian people every success in their struggle against tyranny, but let's not pretend they are heroes. If they were true heroes, they would have taken to the streets decades ago as the Assad regimes ravaged the groups that were even weaker than those currently being persecuted, the ones who are long burned and buried in the soil of Syria.

    May 30, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
    • Sumaya Hamad

      What are you talking about? the Syrian regime killed more than 30000 people in my own city of Hama, and they were all Muslims, this the only incident I have heard where the Assad regime wiped a whole city out!

      May 30, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
      • Kal

        I totally agree with you, Hama is mostly Muslims and they were murdered by the elder assad, but back then no one could stand up and demand change because we didn't have social media, cell phone videos...etc to help with the fight and expose the murderous regime.

        May 30, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  16. Sumaya Hamad

    I only wanted to add that these means of torture are the rule not the exception in Syria the story of Hamza has been going on for decades but this is the first time the world is hearing about it

    May 30, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  17. Amy

    This poor child was apparently taken from his family and brutally tortured, burned and castrated while alive then shot to death. It's so incredibly horrifying that someone could do this to anyone, let alone a helpless innocent child. My heart and prayers go out to his family and to all of the Syrian people who are just fighting to live in freedom and in dignity.

    May 30, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  18. Kal

    I am a Syrian living in the US and I have been watching all the horror inflicted on the Syrian people and it makes anyone sick to watch. The people are animals and don't have any regard to human beings! Not since the Nazies have we seen such atrocities in the world. These people should be brought to justice but for god's sake someone help the poor Syrian people before they get slaughtered

    May 30, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  19. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I don't know for sure if Sarah Palin will run for the president in 2012....... I don't think so she will not!

    May 30, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  20. Sue

    I am in tears over this story. That poor boy. How many kids have had this happen to them? I want to help and yet I am helpless. I have a young son and to think something like this could happen is unthinkable. My heart goes out to the family and anyone in Syria who has had this happen.
    – Mom from Pittsburgh, Pa

    May 30, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      He was torture by the control of the regime....... They were trying help him bring to ambulance safe boy, That was so horrible also. I have heard his families also got arrest by regime as well.

      May 30, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  21. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Nice to see Faoud Ajami to be here tonight........ I agree what he have say about Syria.... That was so horrible shock for 13 yrs old got hurt right now, I agree with John says. 🙁

    May 30, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  22. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That is so shocking news I have seen this video!!!!!!! I am so appalled that someone shot 13 yrs old so bad!!!!!! And Hello to John King is filling for Anderson tonight!

    May 30, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  23. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Isha, Jane, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, JoAnn, Renee, Lori-CA, Heather, BettyAnn, Starr, Sharon, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Samantha, Chi, Jana, Karyn, Lily, Merl, Marybeth, others and my friend Facebook/Twitter Bloggers!!!!

    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    Hope you have great weekend! 🙂
    Happy Monday night!!!
    Happy Memorial's Day all of you!!!!

    May 30, 2011 at 10:03 pm |