Paul Vallely

Paul Vallely is visiting professor in Public Ethics at the University of Chester and a senior research fellow at the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester. He writes on ethical, political and cultural issues. He has a fortnightly column in the Independent on Sunday and also writes for the New York Times and the Church Times. His latest book is Pope Francis – Untying the Knots. He was co-author of the report of the Commission for Africa and has chaired several development charities.

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Migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, rest in the harbour of Augusta, Sicily, on 16 April. They arrived in ‘barely seaworthy’ boats

As a nation, we are caught between fear and compassion when it comes to migrants

They are not stealing our jobs; we have stolen theirs, even their lives. They are the flotsam of our failed foreign policies

Kirsty Oswald (Desdemona) & Mark Ebulue (Othello) in Frantic Assembly's Othello

Othello, Lyric Hammersmith, review: Physical theatre at its most pulsating and potent

This stripped-down Othello hurls Shakespeare's play into our times

Christmas Day cinema-goers seem to have mistaken the complexities of the right to free speech

The Sony Hack and the ethics of free speech

With freedom of speech comes the responsibility to use it wisely, something the US hasn't shown over Sony
Umu Fambulle stands over her husband Ibrahim after he staggered and fell, knocking him unconscious, in an Ebola ward in Monrovia, Liberia

Ebola crisis: Beyond the money, this forces our leaders to take action

The more singles Band Aid 30 sells, the more seriously our political masters will fight Ebola. So buy the record

The loan of the statue of Ilissos to the Hermitage has reignited debate about the Marbles

The Elgin Marbles belong to the whole world and have a legitimate home in more than one place

The debate about who owns the Parthenon statues is 100 years old, yet the arguments are often uninformed and kneejerk
Bob Geldof

Ebola is a political AND a medical disease

As Bob Geldof is at pains to point out, the purpose of the Band Aid single is to maximise pressure on politicians
Charles Aitken as Brick and Mariah Gale as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Royal Exchange Manchester, review: A compelling production

Something deep in Tennessee Williams' play still touches us today

A boat, reportedly carrying 760 migrants, arrives in the harbour at Lampedusa

A move that will bring yet more deaths for Africa's desperate boat people

The Government claims that knowing they will be rescued is what encourages migrants – but this is based on flawed logic
A mural in Monrovia, Liberia, highlights the Ebola crisis

The Ebola outbreak and Boko Haram prove that different rules apply in Africa

Thousands are dying from the virus, and the Islamist fanatics terrorising Nigeria, but the West is not that concerned
Sara Vickers (Juliet) and Alex Felton (Romeo) in Romeo & Juliet

Romeo and Juliet, Victoria Baths Manchester, review: Overwhelming and ambitious

The setting in Manchester's disused Victoria Baths is both the source of the production’s triumph and its flaws

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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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