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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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

Ian Paisley: Humanity got the better of the bigot

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

Meet the Frankenstein monster of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Or as we know them, Isis

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

Israel's mowing of Gaza's lawn is an unjust war

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

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Christians: The world's most persecuted people

The former Chief Rabbi is appalled at the lack of protest about the treatment of Christians round the globe, and so should we be
Dan Parr as Carl Jackson and Francesca Zoutewelle as Goldie in Britannia Waves The Rules by Gareth Farr

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A seaside sandpie is scattered across the stage with a single violent kick at the start of Gareth Farr’s scream-of-rage of a play Britannia Waves the Rules.

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A rich, complex and intelligent reading of Bram Stoker's classic

Could O’Neill be the right man for the job?

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Appointing an economist to save us from superbugs might seem odd but, as with many problems, money is at the root of it
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A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
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