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The Nation continues Jeremy Scahill’s coverage of Blackwater in Pakistan and War Looms Between Israel and Hezbollah at Truthdig along with the grim news from Haiti of a death toll that has climbed above 111,000 in Today’s picks …

Doing a Disservice to Women Who Serve Today, on its 37th anniversary, Roe v. Wade is still an unfulfilled promise for the women in our military. Women soldiers serving their country overseas and in the United States face impediments to accessing reproductive health care that most civilians take for granted.

War Looms Between Israel and Hezbollah It looks like a hop, skip and a jump. There’s the first electrified fence, then the dirt strip to identify footprints, then the tarmac road, then one more electrified fence, and then acres and acres of trees. Orchards rather than tanks.

Haiti quake death toll pass 111,000 as search-rescue ends More than 111,000 people died in last week's massive earthquake in Haiti, the government announced, even as it officially ended the search-and-rescue phase of its response to the disaster.

Today, the court, in effect, decided only corporations have Rights Well, I think you won’t even hear people talk anymore about the senator from Kansas or the senator from Oregon. Instead, it`ll be the senator from G.E. and the senator from Microsoft. Maybe we`ll end up wearing corporate logos.

Is the Supreme Court Decision so Important in a Web 2.0 World? The first thing to say is that it is not as if corporate interests were not already deeply involved in the electoral process. For instance, it has come out that five insurance companies funneled big money into attack ads against insurance reform

Blackwater in Pakistan: Gates Confirms On Thursday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed that Blackwater is operating in Pakistan. In an interview on Express TV, Gates, who was visiting Islamabad, said, “They [Blackwater and another private security firm, DynCorp] are operating as individual companies here in Pakistan,” according to a DoD transcript of the interview.

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