The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Syria, Iowa caucuses, eugenics, Kim Jong Il, NYE, RidicuList
December 28th, 2011
07:20 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Syria, Iowa caucuses, eugenics, Kim Jong Il, NYE, RidicuList

 What everyone’s talking about:

On Tuesday the Arab League began monitoring the situation in Syria amid new reports of bloodshed and fatalities which one activist called a "genocide." Join us tonight for an exclusive interview with a German journalist who says he snuck into Syria and witnessed people dodging snipers and throwing bread to each other to stay alive. He'll describe the violence that the Syrian government continues to deny. Many are questioning the choice of Lt. Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi to head the Arab League mission – We’re Keeping Them Honest at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

Elizabeth Cohen reported on forced sterilization implemented under eugenics laws in the United States decades ago. One victim told her he was taken to the hospital and unknowingly received a vasectomy ordered by the state of North Carolina because they did not find him fit enough to be a parent.

Earlier this year, a nanny who worked for Hannibal Gadhafi, Moammar Gadhafi's son, was found abandoned and suffering from severe injuries caused by boiling water poured over her head. She has since traveled to Malta for treatment. Learn about her road to recovery.

Today’s Scoop:

The funeral for North Korean ruler Kim Jong Il was last night. North Koreans publicly wailed and screamed making for a scene that was both moving and bizarre. Tune in tonight to see the unusual images from North Korea and for more on the “dear leader’s” successor

It’s week two in our 2011 Top 10 RidicuList countdown. Coming in fifth and fourth place, respectively, Stephen Colbert and Courtney Stodden (aka Romance Haters)! Which “Ridiculist” do you think was voted in third “place”? The answer on AC360 tonight!

A look ahead:

he Iowa caucuses are only six days away and it's difficult to predict what will happen. All this week, we’ll have the latest on the race; last night Anderson covered Newt Gingrich’s record on health care mandates. Tonight, we'll have expert analysis on the surprising Iowa CNN/TIME/ORC poll numbers showing Romney in the lead and Rick Santorum in third place. Join us on Monday when Anderson reports live from Iowa.

And we’re working night and day to prepare an unprecedented New Year's Eve show for you. After Kathy Griffin asked Anderson to spoon last year, and Sushi the drag queen tried to direct the show – trust me, you don’t want to miss this year’s New Year's Eve, live with Anderson and Kathy! Tune in at 11 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 31. Tweet your messages to our hosts using #CNNNYE and you could see your tweet on-air. Plus, we're taking questions on Google+ and Facebook. Submit as many as you'd like and watch to see if they appear during the show!

Buzz-winning story:

What would you do if you found two envelopes worth $10K of gambling earnings at the Las Vegas airport? This Colorado man returned it saying: “I wanted to show my kids the right thing to do.”

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  1. Eugenia-San Francisco

    The middle east is pandoras box

    December 28, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • Kevin Miller

      That is the truth. We should just leave them alone and let them do what they have been doing forever. Let them kill each other and then we can go in and clean up the mess.

      December 29, 2011 at 7:04 pm |