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Behind every news event are the values that drive people and nations. See how they offer a deeper, clearer understanding of the latest stories, or sort through all our stories by the different values beneath them.


How resilient care can temper a war

Most of the world’s violent conflicts end with either a military victory or a negotiated settlement. That may yet be the case in Sudan, a largely Arab country in Africa where a yearlong civil war between two warring factions has left tens of thousands dead. But even as world diplomats plan a fresh round of negotiations, ordinary Sudanese are attempting their own sort of peacebuilding.

By the Monitor’s Editorial Board April 10, 2024

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The roots of forest preservation

Both Brazil and Colombia have tied environmental progress to local empowerment. In Brazil, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva returned to power last year vowing to reverse the rapid acceleration of rainforest loss that occurred under his predecessor. He restored conservation regulations and bolstered law enforcement in the country’s forests. Perhaps more importantly, President da Silva, popularly known as Lula, has made Indigenous peoples in the Amazon basin key stewards of his conservation strategy.

By the Monitor’s Editorial Board April 8, 2024

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In besieged and starving Gaza, Ramadan charity and prayers endure

“Ramadan serves as a period of education, teaching us the virtues of endurance, perseverance, and patience,” says Aayid Abu Hasanein, a Rafah imam. “We are determined to make the best out of it and do what we can do.”

By Ghada Abdulfattah Contributor April 3, 2024

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