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The five must-read posts from today, on Amnesty, the Taliban and Northern Ireland.

1. "Scum-sucking pig" -- how it compares with the great political insults

Following the Labour MP David Wright's foolhardy description of the Tories as "scum-sucking pigs", Andrew Sparrow of the Guardian looks at how it stacks up against the great political insults.

2. This campaign to undermine Amnesty is shameful

Over at Pickled Politics, Sunny Hundal revisits the evidence and defends the human rights group's decision to work with Moazzam Begg and suspend Gita Sahgal.

3. The sting in the tail of the fight against the Taliban

Channel 4's Alex Thomson says the arrest of the Taliban's Mullah Baradar is a significant coup for Nato, but warns that defeating the Taliban remains a formidable challenge.

4. Mo Mowlam and the politics of private lives

Daniel Finkelstein argues, in opposition to David Aaronovitch, that the example of Mo Mowlam strengthens the case for greater disclosure about politicians' health.

5. Recognising the role of Irish Londoners

Ken Livingstone looks back at the Northern Ireland peace process in a guest blog on Left Foot Forward, ahead of a debate at the TUC on Saturday.

 

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