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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. We appeased Putin before - why confront him now? (Daily Telegraph)

The deaths in Ukraine are tiny when set against the Russian president’s past crimes, writes Peter Oborne. 

2. Can the rest of Britain compete with London? (Times)

The world economy is changing radically but the British state is largely unreformed, trapped in a different timezone, writes Tim Montgomerie. 

3. Punishing London’s oligarchs is not enough (Financial Times)

The most punitive financial sanction would be to target state-controlled Russian banks, writes John Gapper. 

4. White face, blue collar, grey hair: the 'left behind' voters only Ukip understands (Guardian)

Farage's core voters are not EU-obsessed Tories, but working-class men, write Matthew Goodwin and Robert Ford. Labour cannot afford to ignore their real concerns.

5. The hypocrisy of the great powers is on display again in Ukraine (Independent)

We should look in the mirror before condemning Russian expansionism, says Owen Jones. 

6. What a hypocrite Red Ed will be if he takes cash from the tainted pockets of tyrants' pal Tony (Daily Mail)

Self-interest, as well as principle, demand that Miliband shouldn’t seek a donation from Blair, says Stephen Glover.

7. If you’ve got a bear by the assets, it’s in trouble (Times)

Don’t listen to those trying to justify Russia’s actions, writes David Aaronovitch. mWe should respond to this military intervention with sanctions. 

8. The clash in Crimea is the fruit of western expansion (Guardian)

The external struggle to dominate Ukraine has put fascists in power and brought the country to the brink of conflict, writes Seumas Milne. 

9. Cameron's caught between a Rock and a hard place (Daily Telegraph)

The arrest of Cameron aide Patrick Rock is further proof that an over-reliance on a tight-knit group of old chums is damaging the Prime Minister’s status, says Sue Cameron. 

10. The British economy: rate relief (Guardian)

Given the scale of the calamity that hit the economy in 2008, worklessness has been nothing like as bad as we had any right to expect, notes a Guardian editorial.

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#Match4Lara: Lara has found her match, but the search for mixed-race donors isn't over

A UK blood cancer charity has seen an "unprecedented spike" in donors from mixed race and ethnic minority backgrounds since the campaign started. 

Lara Casalotti, the 24-year-old known round the world for her family's race to find her a stem cell donor, has found her match. As long as all goes ahead as planned, she will undergo a transplant in March.

Casalotti was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in December, and doctors predicted that she would need a stem cell transplant by April. As I wrote a few weeks ago, her Thai-Italian heritage was a stumbling block, both thanks to biology (successful donors tend to fit your racial profile), and the fact that mixed-race people only make up around 3 per cent of international stem cell registries. The number of non-mixed minorities is also relatively low. 

That's why Casalotti's family launched a high profile campaign in the US, Thailand, Italy and the US to encourage more people - especially those from mixed or minority backgrounds - to register. It worked: the family estimates that upwards of 20,000 people have signed up through the campaign in less than a month.

Anthony Nolan, the blood cancer charity, also reported an "unprecedented spike" of donors from black, Asian, ethcnic minority or mixed race backgrounds. At certain points in the campaign over half of those signing up were from these groups, the highest proportion ever seen by the charity. 

Interestingly, it's not particularly likely that the campaign found Casalotti her match. Patient confidentiality regulations protect the nationality and identity of the donor, but Emily Rosselli from Anthony Nolan tells me that most patients don't find their donors through individual campaigns: 

 It’s usually unlikely that an individual finds their own match through their own campaign purely because there are tens of thousands of tissue types out there and hundreds of people around the world joining donor registers every day (which currently stand at 26 million).

Though we can't know for sure, it's more likely that Casalotti's campaign will help scores of people from these backgrounds in future, as it has (and may continue to) increased donations from much-needed groups. To that end, the Match4Lara campaign is continuing: the family has said that drives and events over the next few weeks will go ahead. 

You can sign up to the registry in your country via the Match4Lara website here.

Barbara Speed is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman and a staff writer at CityMetric.