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The ten must-read pieces from this morning's papers.

1. Britain can love hung parliaments (Financial Times)

We should not be afraid of a coalition government, says Martin Wolf. The UK does not face national bankruptcy, and even if we did, we would not need strong single-party government to save our country.

2. Forgiveness for Haiti? We should be begging theirs (Guardian)

Naomi Klein argues that the very idea of Haiti as debtor needs to be abandoned. We in the west should pay arrears for years of violations such as slavery, the US occupation, dictatorship and climate change.

3. Obama's secret prisons in Afghanistan endanger us all (Independent)

Barack Obama was elected in part to end the damaging foreign policy that fosters extremism, writes Johann Hari. But instead, he has escalated the war in Afghanistan, bombed Pakistan, and even expanded secret prisons.

4. Only one force can stop Iran now: its people (Times)

Richard Haass discusses the negotations over Iran's nuclear programme, concluding that control won't be won at the negotiating table, but on the streets. The west must make clear its support for the protesters.

5. Conspiracy theories aid Britain's enemies (Daily Telegraph)

Jonathan Evans, MI5 director general, refutes the allegations about a cover-up of Binyam Mohamed's torture. It is the "opposite of the truth" to accuse MI5 of having tried to conceal torture, he says.

6. The torture memos show how illegal wars turn even the nicest people bad (Guardian)

Meanwhile, in the Guardian, Simon Jenkins condemns the whole affair: the deceit, the slaughter, the atrocity, the abuse of human rights. Today, he says, the philosopher Hannah Arendt's banality of evil is everywhere.

7. A Greek crisis is coming to America (Financial Times)

This is more than just a Mediterranean problem, says Niall Ferguson, looking at the crisis in Greece. It is a fiscal crisis of the western world that will soon spread to Britain, and eventually across the Atlantic to the US.

8. Europe needs to resolve its internal contradictions (Independent)

The Independent's leading article looks, instead, at the problems that will now face the eurozone. It says that help for Greece is necessary, but bigger challenges lie ahead.

9. Orange Cameron (Times)

The Conservatives' alliance with the Ulster Unionist Party is alarming and naive, says the leading article. The peace process is not yet robust enough for historical links to be exhumed.

10. Give prisoners the right to vote, and everybody benefits (Independent)

Robert Chesshyre says that most European countries allow some inmates to visit the polling booth. It will have to happen here one day, so why not now?

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