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.
The vicious schism between Sunni and Shia has been poisoning Islam for 1,400 years - and it's getting worse
19 February 2014 10:00 PM
Tracing the current conflict in Syria back to the year 632, when the Prophet Mohamed died
16 February 2014 12:00 AM
The decision in Belgium to allow euthanasia for sick children raises questions about the fitness of young people to make life-and-death decisions, and about medical ethics
03 February 2014 01:26 PM
The Lowry, Salford
02 February 2014 12:00 AM
Ignoring global warming and its causes is a comforting path for politicians paralysed by self-interest and the consolations of denial
12 January 2014 12:00 AM
In its attempt to chase ratings, the Channel 4 programme merely reinforces stereotypes about people who rely on the state
29 December 2013 12:00 AM
'Time' magazine's Person of the Year appeals to believers and atheists alike with a message that could bring redemption to a troubled faith
15 December 2013 12:04 AM
The charity is under fire after a ‘Panorama’ exposé, but the laws governing investments are complex
11 December 2013 07:17 PM
We have got to the point where individuals can pretty much define it as they want
06 December 2013 01:00 AM
"Rwanda is our nightmare, South Africa is our dream." So wrote the Nobel Prize-winning African novelist Wole Soyinka in 1994. It was just a month after two events which seemed to span the polarities of despair and hope so many saw in the continent of Africa in the post-independence era. In Rwanda a million people had died in a ghastly genocide. But South Africa had made an astonishingly peaceful transition from oppressive white rule to a black-majority government elected in the country's first free elections ever - and it had done so under the guidance of one extraordinary man.
05 December 2013 10:16 PM
Nelson Mandela was a man, always, of his time. Yet he was, paradoxically, one who in some ways stood apart from – and even above – that time. It was in this that his greatness lay.
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