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Today's papers on Iran, Iraq and Italy

1. Iran: On collision course again (Guardian)

The Guardian leader calls for "smart" engagement with Iran's power centres, rather than another round of crippling sanctions.

2. Blair's critics are asking the wrong questions (Times)

David Aaronovitch says that Tony Blair's critics are wrong to focus too much on WMDs and the run-up to war: the real question is whether this detracted from planning for postwar reconstruction.

3. Never mind bodyguards -- only politics matters (Independent)

Peter Popham says yesterday's attack on Silvio Berlusconi has been politicised, and discusses the "heavy political weather" in Italy.

4. Cameron must answer the Ashcroft question in full (Times)

Rachel Sylvester says that David Cameron must answer the Lord Ashcroft question in full to tackle voters' sense that "there is one rule for them and another for us".

5. It is not only the young who suffer (Independent)

Mary Dejevsky says that focusing on child asylum-seekers alone simplifies the issue -- most come with parents attached.

6. Litigation tourism (Financial Times)

The FT joins the calls for reform to libel law in its leader, suggesting that privacy laws be strengthened and remodelled with a stronger public-interest defence.

7. This is bigger than climate change. It is a battle to redefine humanity (Guardian)

George Monbiot argues that survival means accepting that we must live within limits.

8. Torture and transparency (Independent)

The Independent leader denounces as "self-serving rubbish" David Miliband's attempts to prevent the disclosure of a high court judgment on the case of the British Guantanamo detainee Binyam Mohamed.

 

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