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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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

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

Maxine Peake plays Hamlet at Manchester's Royal Exchange

Hamlet, Royal Exchange Manchester, review: Maxine Peake plays Shakespeare's starring part with emotional ferocity

We are not used to seeing a woman play Hamlet - the result here is a powerful and yet curiously domestic production

Ian Paisley used to pick out journalists in his congregation

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Forgiveness and redemption became more than theological concepts

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Donating to charity: Are we getting as good as we give?

The annual income of our charities is now worth more than the defence budget. But despite booming donations, many organisations are losing their political edge. Why? Paul Vallely reports
A street in Rotherham, where the Jay report has exposed the abuse of 1400 children

Rotherham child sexual abuse scandal - the lessons: We need solutions, not scapegoats

The media's blame game is avoiding the issue of safeguarding

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Having spent billions, the Wahhabists of Saudi Arabia and Qatar are finding that money can't buy loyalty
A man holds the remains of a Koran after another mosque was bombed in Gaza

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A Just War must have a reasonable prospect of success. But Israel is locked into failure

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The former Chief Rabbi is appalled at the lack of protest about the treatment of Christians round the globe, and so should we be
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