César Chelala

César Chelala

Dr. César Chelala is an international public health consultant, co-winner of an Overseas Press Club of America award and two national journalism awards from Argentina.

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GUATEMALA COUP, 1954. Colonel Miguel Mendoza, Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas, and Major Julio Gaitan (foreground, left-to-right), three leaders of the rebel invasion force which overthrew the government of President Jacobo Arbenz Guzman of Guatemala in 1954. Photographed 24 June 1954. (Photo: ullstein bild via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Coming to Terms With the U.S. Role in Central America
On March 11, 1999, President Bill Clinton took an unprecedented step. During a four-nation visit to Central America, he expressed regret for the role the United States had played in a brutal counter-terrorism campaign that had caused the deaths of thousands of civilians in Guatemala’s civil war...
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Riot police stand guard as dozens of people gather during a rally to show solidarity with protesters in Chile at the Chilean Consulate General on October 21, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Views
Sunday, November 03, 2019
Why is Latin America Burning?
In Latin America several countries are under turmoil, as people cannot even meet their most basics needs. The last few months have seen a remarkable spectacle: hundreds of thousands of citizens are taking to the streets to protest to what they perceive is their governments’ attack on their well-...
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What is rarely considered is that most of those immigrants and their children come from countries where the U.S. has supported their most murderous regimes and actively destroyed their democratic forms of government. (Photo: Syrian refugees/ Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, October 31, 2019
An Open Letter to Donald Trump: You Are Putting the World at Grave Risk
Sir: I am writing to you in the name of many peace-loving people from all over the world, who are worried about our future and that of our children. A future that your dangerous policies put in terrifying danger. Your decision to partially withdraw U.S. forces from Syrian territory is responsible...
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While it is easy to create enemies, it is much harder to understand the “other", a necessary approach if we wish to eliminate conflict and honor the desire for peace and security of all people in the world. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
9/11: A Day that Changed the World
A new anniversary of a catastrophe brings back strong feelings and sad memories. Such is the case of the 9/11 attacks on New York’s World Trade Center, a tragedy that had long-lasting effects. New York, and the world, has not been the same since the events of September 11, 2001. The attacks on the...
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A student carried a sign at the March for Our Lives Views
Saturday, August 31, 2019
The NRA Versus American Children
If any doubts remain about the nefarious influence of the National Rifle Association (NRA) on the political life of the United States, President Donald Trump's decision to discuss gun control measures with that organization should dispel them.
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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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