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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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New Digital Editor: Serena Kutchinsky

The New Statesman appoints Serena Kutchinsky as Digital Editor.

Serena Kutchinsky is to join the New Statesman as digital editor in September. She will lead the expansion of the New Statesman across a variety of digital platforms.

Serena has over a decade of experience working in digital media and is currently the digital editor of Newsweek Europe. Since she joined the title, traffic to the website has increased by almost 250 per cent. Previously, Serena was the digital editor of Prospect magazine and also the assistant digital editor of the Sunday Times - part of the team which launched the Sunday Times website and tablet editions.

Jason Cowley, New Statesman editor, said: “Serena joins us at a great time for the New Statesman, and, building on the excellent work of recent years, she has just the skills and experience we need to help lead the next stage of our expansion as a print-digital hybrid.”

Serena Kutchinsky said: “I am delighted to be joining the New Statesman team and to have the opportunity to drive forward its digital strategy. The website is already established as the home of free-thinking journalism online in the UK and I look forward to leading our expansion and growing the global readership of this historic title.

In June, the New Statesman website recorded record traffic figures when more than four million unique users read more than 27 million pages. The circulation of the weekly magazine is growing steadily and now stands at 33,400, the highest it has been since the early 1980s.