The Staggers 6 February 2012 Morning Call: pick of the papers The ten must-read pieces from this morning's newspapers. Print HTML 1. Putin's veto sets Russia apart (Guardian) Ignore Russia's public relations machine, says David Hearst: Putin has misread the turmoil in Syria as much as he has the protests at home. 2. It's time to support the opposition in the Syrian civil war (Financial Times) Thanks to Russia and China, there is no guarantee Syria can avoid a bloody fate, write Malcolm Rifkind and Shashank Joshi. 3. Moral Blindness (Times) (£) Russia and China acted for self-serving motives in vetoing the Security Council's condemnation of the bloodshed in Syria, says this leading article. 4. Oxford should refuse the Iron Lady this honour (Independent) Baroness Thatcher's ideas should be freely taught, says Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, but a centre bearing her name would be a sign of undisputed greatness. 5. How Britain's migrants sewed the fabric of the nation (Guardian) History shows it's hard to pick out which migrants will be good for the UK, says Robert Winder. It is risky for the state to try. 6. Britain won't create a Facebook until we learn to praise success (Daily Telegraph) Unemployment is falling in the US, where wealth-creators are applauded, rather than denounced, writes Boris Johnson. 7. This 11-year exercise in self-delusion must end (Times) (£) Our intervention in Afghanistan has been disastrous. Let's make the final months count, says Paddy Ashdown. 8. The how-to guide to toppling tyrants (Financial Times) George B. N. Ayittey, an expert in the nature and flaws of tyranny, explains why undermining dictators is a science that requires time and thought. 9. What Whitehall could learn from Washington (Independent) This leading article argues that ministers should introduce fresh blood into a service whose signal defect remains its institutional aversion to change. 10. The Iron Professor has one year to save Italy (Times) (£) Mario Monti is trying to shock his country out of decline, says Bill Emmott -- but will he survive strikes and recession? › As the cuts bite and growth stagnates, who will challenge our reckless bankers? From only £1 per week Subscribe More Related articles The Fire Brigades Union reaffiliates to Labour - what does it mean? John Gray on the future of the state on the NS Podcast Could Labour lose the Oldham by-election?