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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. A far from triumphant end to the war in Iraq (Independent)

Iraq and the world are better off without Saddam, says this leading article. But the price paid was too high.

2. Be warned, America's withdrawal from Iraq heralds a world of instability (Guardian)

Our troops' presence is needed in this land that is far from secure, says John Bolton, who served as ambassador to the UN under George Bush.

3. Trial and Error (Times) (£)

This leading article says that the issue of detainees captured in Iraq and Afghanistan must be addressed.

4. The highs and lows of democracy (Financial Times)

Philip Stephen looks back at 2011, when tyrants have fallen, while elected leaders have been frozen in crisis.

5. The cause of this recession? Economic pundits ignoring history's voice (Guardian)

As long as factional interests like bankers or economists override common sense, there will be another crash, warns Simon Jenkins.

6. Enter Ed M, the Accidental Prime Minister (Times) (£)

Philip Collins explains how the ghosts of the Brussels summit could come back to haunt Cameron's Conservatives -- and the country.

7. Profit needn't be a dirty word when it comes to education (Daily Telegraph)

Michael Gove might have kept quiet about Breckland Free School, but it could be the start of something great, argues Fraser Nelson.

8. Death by strangling: the demise of state spending (Financial Times)

It is false that low taxes have spared the US from the European disease, writes Jeffrey Sachs.

9. You can't save troubled families on the cheap (Times) (£)

We know where the problems are, says Camila Batmanghelidjh. But Whitehall needs to do the psychological maths.

10. Will China's rulers listen to the voices of its downtrodden masses? (Daily Telegraph)

Jonathan Fenby writes that the protests in Wukan are a nightmare for the Communist rulers of a divided country.

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