U.S. Investigating Killing of 11 Iraqi Civilians in Iraq

A report has concluded that New Orleans's levees were not built for a storm anywhere near the strength of Hurricane Katrina. (NY Times)

AIDS

U.S. Blocking International Deal on Fighting Aids

The Bush administration, heavily influence by the Christian right, is blocking key proposals for a new United Nations package to combat Aids worldwide over the next five years because of its opposition to the distribution of condoms and needle exchanges and references to prostitutes, drug addicts and homosexuals. (The Guardian)

SPYING ON JOURNALISTS

Watchdog Sounds EU Alarm over Spying On Press

European countries need to investigate whether journalists are being systematically spied upon by security agencies, a global press watchdog said on Thursday, citing cases in Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark. (Reuters)

JAPAN

Internet Suicides Rise in Japan

The number of Japanese people killing themselves in online death pacts rose alarmingly again last year. (The Guardian)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Iraq: Alas in Wonderland

Seen through the US and British looking glass, Iraq is soon to become a wondrous, happy place, and troop withdrawal is definitely in the cards. Yet the new Iraqi government is no more than a collection of sectarian fiefdoms masquerading as ministries, and the people are racing toward emerging fault lines. To all other tribulations must be added the specter of ethnic cleansing. (Asia Times)

Chernobyl's Lesson

A State's Lies Threaten its People and its Sovereignty. (Washington Post)

Khmer Rouge Trial

Nearly 30 years ago, horrible carnage took place in Cambodia at the hands of the Khmer Rouge under the leadership of Pol Pot. The death toll resulting from forced labor, torture and other atrocities is estimated at about 1.7 million. (Asahi Shimbun)

SUV Imperialism

Big cars -- and the riot after a recent convoy crash -- show what's wrong with U.S. and NATO efforts in Afghanistan. (LA Times)

Why The Fluffy Rice Plan on Iran is About Getting Europe To Act Tough

Some think sitting down over sweet tea and pistachios would give Iran prestige. (The London Times)

US-Iran: Possible Deal, Possible Confrontation

The US administration's proposals to the Iranian government regarding its willingness to negotiate Tehran's nuclear file and its regional policies come as a preliminary step, either for bargaining or confrontation. It was, as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice put it, "not a big deal". (Al Hayat)

The Insider Daily Investigative Report (DIR) is a summary of major news articles and broadcasts relating to investigative news, including international terrorism and developments in Iraq. The DIR is edited daily from foreign and U.S. sources by Chris Isham, Hoda Osman and Ellen Gustafson of the ABC News Investigative Unit. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of ABCNEWS.

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