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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Do we sit back and let Homs burn? (Financial Times)

Nations should impose a comprehensive quarantine of Syria, argues Michael Ignatieff.

2. The anger is right. It doesn't make cuts wrong (Times) (£)

When you tighten up benefits, there will be painful injustices, writes Daniel Finkelstein. But we cannot afford our old welfare system.

3. Leveson's phone-hacking show trial has a cruel virtue (Guardian)

My Leveson scepticism is fading, says Simon Jenkins. Public humiliation of Murdoch and co is where its value lies, not judgments on media reform.

4. Whisper it, but things are looking up for Britain Plc (Daily Mail)

The Chancellor has new reasons to be optimistic in his March Budget, says Alex Brummer.

5. China is right to open up slowly (Financial Times)

Discussion is needed for a successful timetable of reform, writes Martin Wolf.

6. Hit Argentina where it hurts - in the wallet (Daily Telegraph)

Despite the Falklands sabre-rattling, British aid to Buenos Aires continues to flow, writes Nancy Soderberg.

7. Let us never forget the stench of this rank corruption (Independent)

Leveson is no evil plot to stifle genuine reporting, says Matthew Norman. We're staring at a tornado of organised crime.

8. The fight for democratic change can't be left to Occupy (Guardian)

This Occupy movement isn't only for heretics, write Naomi Colvin and George Barda. We need a world where citizens and activists are the same.

9. British students deserve better from Alex Salmond (Daily Telegraph)

Scotland's unfair university system discriminates against the rest of the UK, says Michael Forsyth.

10. How ECB's big bazooka saved eurozone's banks - and may again (Independent)

A central bank's job is to meet a liquidity crisis by producing unlimited cash, writes Hamish McRae.