César Chelala

César Chelala

Dr. César Chelala is an international public health consultant and a
winner of several journalism awards.

Articles by this author

Nearly 40,000 Americans who died of gun-related injuries in 2017 represent a 19 percent increase from 2012 and the highest annual total since the mid-1990s. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
The U.S. Culture of Violence is Killing Us All
The two recent mass shooting incidents in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in which more than 30 people were killed and dozens injured, are one more manifestation of a culture of violence that threatens not only people’s lives but also our future as a civilized society. Although violent incidents...
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Donald Trump poses for a picture with Jeffrey Epstein in 2000. Views
Sunday, July 14, 2019
Children's Trafficking and Exploitation is a Persistent, Dreary Phenomenon
Child trafficking and exploitation are again in the news after the Wall Street trader Jeffrey Epstein was charged on July 8 with sex trafficking crimes involving dozens of minors. Among the latest accusation is one by Jennifer Araoz, 32, who said that Epstein raped her when she was 15, and she had...
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Saturday, June 22, 2019
The Redeeming Power of Love
She was a mentally challenged woman yelling and cursing at passersby. We were a group of children, teasing and yelling at her. Fortunately, she didn’t pay any attention to our bad behavior. That we were children being silly or that the incident happened a long time ago, however, doesn’t diminish my...
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Sunday, April 21, 2019
Yemen: The Triumph of Barbarism
President Donald Trump’s recent veto of a bipartisan resolution to force an end to American military involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen reminds me of some words by V.S. Naipaul, the Trinidadian author. In his book “A Bend in the River,” Naipaul says, “The world is what it is; men who are...
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Said always carried with him the pain of not being able to return to his original home. (Photo: Jeremy Pollard) Views
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Edward Said: Remembering a Palestinian Patriot
The 2019 Memorial Lecture honoring Edward W. Said, “Out of Place: Refugees, Immigrants, and Storytelling” couldn’t have come at a more appropriate moment. And the main speaker for that event, Viet Thanh Nguyen, was the right person for the job. Viet Thanh Nguyen, the author of the novel The...
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The March to End Violence Against Women Views
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Violence Against Women: A Pandemic No Longer Hidden
Harvey Weinstein never imagined that actresses’ complaints against his abusive behavior would trigger a worldwide movement for women’s justice and fair treatment by men. Despite continued acceptance of physical and sexual violence against women, both women and men are now organizing across cultures and socioeconomic classes to challenge and change gender-based abuse and injustice.
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Close to 15 million men, women, and children have no access to health care. (Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images) Views
Monday, November 26, 2018
The War in Yemen Is Not a War. It Is a Massacre
The numbers are mind-blowing: Since the beginning of the conflict in Yemen, an estimated 85,000 children under five may have died from extreme hunger and disease, according to the last analysis by Save the Children, the international health and human rights organization. Although children are the...
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What their policies show is a deep disregard for women over several years. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Why Do Republicans Hate Women?
If one follows the behavior of Republican law-makers over the last several years, a pattern soon emerges: most of their policies tend to limit women’s rights, in an overt or clear way. And one cannot but wonder about what prompts this negative behavior. Are they, perhaps, unaware of it or, more...
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Children and adolescents are kept in “cages”, a word disputed by the U.S. Border Patrol that says, in a statement, “It’s not inaccurate, but they are very ‘uncomfortable’ with this characterization.” (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 09, 2018
Trump’s Policies on Immigrant Children Violate the Convention on the Rights of the Child
After enacting a “zero tolerance” policy towards all adult immigrants crossing the border into the U.S., in effect separating parents from their children and keeping the children in inhumane conditions, the Trump administration now intends to rescind this measure. However, because some family...
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Saturday, June 02, 2018
Gun Violence Is Only the Symptom of a Very Troubled Society
Every time a horrific incident of mass violence occurs, we should study it with the same care that we study any subject in which our own life is at a stake, because it is. Mass shootings in the United States have reached levels unacceptable in a civilized society. The abundance of guns plays an...
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