News & Values

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.


The effort to find a harmony between extremes, not to avoid confrontation or make bold ideas blander or more palatable.


The coming together of individuals or groups to form bonds of fellowship that strengthen and enrich themselves and those around them.


An unselfish love that embraces others.


The effort to work together, respecting the diverse strengths and views in others.


The honest struggle to overcome fear and suffering from a desire to do right. Hatred and anger are not courage.


The application of inventiveness, originality, and imagination to address a problem or produce something fresh.


An inherent quality or worth that cannot be degraded.


The effort to ensure everyone has the same opportunity to thrive and be treated with respect.


The effort to base decisions and judgments on impartial fact and proof without bias toward one group or viewpoint.


An overcoming of resentment or a desire for vengeance in the face of injustice. It never excuses wrong behavior.


The unhindered expression of universal rights, qualities, and dignity. Freedom expands rights rather than pitting one against another.


An expression of compassion that gives of one’s own gifts – a sharing of abundance or charity despite hardship.


The deep recognition or appreciation of goodness or generosity in others.


A commitment to truth that challenges oneself and others to look at issues deeply, without deceit or bias.

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The earnest expectation of good, no matter the circumstances.


Free from pride or arrogance; not impotent or subservient.


The search for new ways to find solutions and discoveries.


The commitment to acting honestly and according to high principles of compassion, responsibility, and fairness.


A happiness whose genuineness and radiance brightens others.


The effort to ensure the fair and moral treatment of everyone. Honesty and reformation create the conditions for restoration.


The calm achieved in the struggle to overcome strife or find personal meaning. It is not achieved merely through force or avoidance.


The thriving of people or communities. It can involve monetary wealth but points more deeply to well-being.


The strength expressed by people and communities in recovering from difficulties. It involves victories – small or large – amid adversity.

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How Lebanese people survive the ‘normalization of misery’

‘Is there any bread left?’ The answer in Tunisia is often no.

At oldest Palestinian camp in Lebanon, violence adds to struggles

For community built atop former landfill, a long wait for justice


An appreciation for others’ efforts or principles that promotes cooperation instead of anger or distrust. It does not excuse wrongdoing.


Fulfilling a duty to act from high motives, with due consideration for the care of oneself and others.


The belonging and freedom from fear that come with peace and trust. Safety strengthens as it expands, not harming one at the expense of another.


A change driven by an honest desire to improve, which gives fresh strength and purpose.


Hope and confidence in a relationship that has demonstrated mutual respect.