César Chelala

César Chelala

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

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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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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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"For the last several decades, relations between the U.S. and Iran and between Iran and the West have been shrouded in misconceptions and prejudices." (Photo: Alisdare Hickson/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Trump’s Decision on Iran Deal Spells Disaster for the Middle East
President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the deal with Iran creates, unnecessarily, a new source of tension in a region besieged by conflicts. Given the level of legal troubles that President Trump is facing now, his decision could be based to some extent in creating the conditions to fog...
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Saturday, March 31, 2018
The Iraq War Fueled the Destruction of the Middle East
Fifteen years after it started, the Iraq war has nearly destroyed the country, one of the most prosperous in the Middle East, and destabilized the whole region by intensifying internecine and religious conflicts and giving rise to new and violent groups. And the human and material costs of the war...
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Patients wait at Shams Kakal Hospital in Kandahar province, Afghanistan on Dec. 21, 2015. (Photo: Ishaq Anis/Rumi Consultancy/World Bank via flickr/cc) Views
Monday, March 12, 2018
Afghanistan's Dire Health Situation
As the war in Afghanistan shows no signs of abating, the health of the people in the country continues to be cause for concern. Afghanistan’s health care system is considered one of the worst in the world, and decades of war and international neglect have contributed to its deterioration. An...
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