César Chelala

 César Chelala, MD, PhD, is a co-winner of an Overseas Press Club of America award. He is also the foreign correspondent for Middle East Times International (Australia).

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Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 10:00am
New Sanctions on Iran are Detrimental to an Agreement
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave instructions to his top military commander to cooperate with US, Iraqi and Kurdish forces in their fight against Islamic State. Khamenei’s decision comes days after the US announced new sanctions on Iran, sanctions that can hider current negotiations with that country...
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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 7:30am
The ICC Should Live Up To Its Mandate
The 1998 Rome Statute, the International Criminal Court’s founding charter, states that one of the critical ICC’s tasks is that “the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole must not go unpunished.” However, under pressure from the US and the European Community, the...
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Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 11:00am
Use of Barrel Bombs in Syria and Iraq Devastate Civilians' Lives
UN Security Council Resolution 2139 of February 22, 2014, ordered all parties to the conflict in Syria to end the discriminate use of barrel bombs and other weapons in populated areas. In spite of that, both the Syrian and the Iraqi governments continue using them against civilians. Human rights...
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Palestinian's flag painted on the sail of the Free Gaza boat. (Photo: Free Gaza Movement / Wikimedia Creative Commons) Views
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 2:15pm
Gaza's Heavy Price
The new Israeli attacks against Gaza, which have already resulted in more than 80 deaths, will prove, once again, to be counterproductive. Violence against Palestinians will not diminish their rightful demands for freedom from occupation and for a normal, peaceful life. Why, then, if Gazans want to...
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A mural of Diego Maradona in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo: Wally Gobetz/ cc/ Flickr) Views
Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 8:30am
Messi or Maradona?
Two splendid goals by Lionel Messi against Nigeria (which Argentina beat 3-2) prompts this question among many soccer fans. Who is a better player, Messi now or Maradona then? To answer that question it might be useful to seek help from a Greek oracle, since both are, or were, in Maradona’s case,...
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Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 9:45am
Gaza Will Live
As Gaza reaches seven years of occupation the situation continues to deteriorate, causing enormous and unnecessary civilian suffering to a population whose main sin is to want to remain alive and proper in their own land. As a result of the Israeli government actions, a “separation policy” between...
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 1:00pm
Why Bush and Blair Should Be Prosecuted for War Crimes
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair recently stated that air strikes and drones should be used once again on Iraq to stem recent gains by extremists in that country. Mr. Blair is oblivious of the responsibility he shares with former U.S. president George W. Bush on account of one of the most...
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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not only refuses to recognize the Palestinian's new unity government, he has appealed to the international community not to recognize it. (Photo: Flickr / cc / Abode of Chaos) Views
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 9:15am
Netanyahu Is Running Out of Excuses
The formation of a new unity government between Fatah and Hamas, although strongly resisted by the Israeli government leadership, may offer some hope for eventually leading to renewed peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel’s government. For Mr. Netanyahu to resist this union is a...
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A pro-Palestinian message on the graffiti wall at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons) Views
Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 9:30am
The Israeli Army's Policy of Intimidation
During the Nabka Day protests last May 15, two Palestinian youths, Muhammad Abu Thahr, 15, and Nadim Nuwara, 17, were shot in the chest in the town of Beitunia near Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank. Both adolescents died as a result of the injuries they suffered. Although the Israel Defense...
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 8:45am
Force-Feeding Prisoners Is a Criminal Act
The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler determining that the U.S. military can force-feed a Syrian detainee at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is a well intentioned but wrong decision. It allows the U.S.government to continue a criminal practice that has been widely...
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