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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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

Modern advances: American air strikes against the fanatics of Isis will not succeed on their own

The new military morality: Can the principles of Just War have meaning in today's world?

The ruthless modern weaponry of powerful nations is pitted against the terrorist tactics of grassroots factions

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