César Chelala

César Chelala

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

Articles by this author

Views
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...
Read more
"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...
Read more
Views
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...
Read more
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...
Read more
"My wife’s generous thoughts prevailed over what I believed was my common sense."(Photo: Garry Knight/cc/flickr) Views
Friday, February 23, 2018
A Matter Of Shoes and the Weight of Books and Poetry
I was irritated with my wife. After waiting for several weeks to carve out some free time to go find a new set of night tables (her own night table had collapsed under the weight of books), we were finally on our way to buy new ones when my wife stopped to talk to a stranger near our house. Though...
Read more
As Sheryl Acquaroli, a junior from Stoneman Douglas told CNN after the 36-71 party-line vote: “It seemed almost heartless how they immediately pushed the button to say no.”(Photo: AP) Views
Thursday, February 22, 2018
A Word I Shouldn't Use
Growing up in Argentina, I had an English teacher named Sarah, a kind and knowledgeable woman. Reading one of my papers, in which I called a character in the story “a despicable man” she admonished me: “You shouldn’t use that word, César, it is too strong.” Now, decades later, I find that perhaps...
Read more
 "All our government and the President can do is send thoughts and prayers; then it's time for victims to be the change that we need to see.”  (Photo: Screengrab from CNN video) Views
Monday, February 19, 2018
A Student’s Message To Politicians About The Florida Massacre
The recent school massacre in Florida, that left 17 dead and scores injured, provoked the usual empty expressions of concerns from U.S. politicians, most of whom receive millions of dollars in donations from the National Rifle Association. Emma Gonzalez, a surviving student, expressed the feeling...
Read more
"Human Rights Watch has documented that the Saudi-led coalition was using internationally banned cluster munitions in at least 16 attacks that targeted populated areas, killing scores of civilians including women and children." (Photo: © UNICEF Yemen) Views
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Yemen Is Today's Guernica
On the market day of April 26, 1937, at the bequest of General Francisco Franco, a bombing of the Basque town of Guernica took place. It was carried out by Spain’s nationalistic government allies, the Nazi German Luftwaffe’s Condor Legion and the Fascist Italian Aviazione Legionaria. The attack,...
Read more
Views
Saturday, December 23, 2017
We Are Failing a Generation of Iraqi Children
Iraqi children have been the victims of the country’s dire political situation even before the start of the war led by the U.S. The negative effects on children started with the harsh United Nations sanctions against the regime of Saddam Hussein, and were considerably aggravated by the war, whose...
Read more
"Rising temperatures and altered precipitation patterns will likely decrease the production of staple foods, particularly in the poorest African countries. This will result in increases in malnutrition and under nutrition –particularly among children-, which currently cause 3.5 million deaths every year." Views
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Climate Change Effects On People’s Health
The recent natural catastrophic events in the United States and Puerto Rico -which may be related to or worsened by climate change- call attention to the effects this phenomenon has on human health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO,) the warming and precipitation trends associated...
Read more

Pages