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.
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.
01 December 2013 12:00 AM
It is understandable, if inexcusable, that men such as Marine 'A', who will be sentenced this week for murdering an Afghan, overstep the mark
29 November 2013 12:50 AM
This twice-yearly festival of short plays for the theatre – by writers who make their living from television soaps and dramas – is now in its tenth incarnation and gets better and better. JB Shorts is named after the Joshua Brooks pub across the road from the old BBC headquarters in Manchester which produced much of seminal radio drama of the last century. There must be something in the air there.
Wanted: A vision for two-thirds of the UK and the chance for David Cameron to polish his tarnished green credentials
24 November 2013 12:00 AM
The PM has a chance to revitalise the countryside - but his recent record suggests he has other priorities
03 November 2013 12:00 AM
The collective urge to simplify events such as the Baby P case means these grim tragedies will continue to happen – and make headlines
20 October 2013 12:00 AM
Jeremy Hunt is right. We need to tackle the neglect and loneliness of old people, but he is looking at the issue through rose-tinted glasses
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Elif Shafak: Turkish author warns against rise of British nationalism
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
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