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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Monday, March 25, 2013
Guatemalan Government's Road to Redemption
The current trial of Guatemala’s former de facto President Gen Efrain Ríos Montt is the most significant human rights event in the recent history of that nation. By many accounts, Ríos Montt is responsible for the worst human rights abuses committed by the military in Latin America. His trial and eventual punishment can change the political panorama in Guatemala, and be redemption for its military rulers’ cruel past.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Obama's Israel Trip and the "Middle East Peace Hindrance Process"
As he laid out his agenda for his new term, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that his government was ready to make a “historic compromise” with the Palestinians, if they were willing to return to the negotiating table in good faith.
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Thursday, March 14, 2013
UNICEF Criticizes Israel's Treatment of Palestinian Children
A new UNICEF report, “Children in Israeli Military Detention,” is sharply critical of Israel’s treatment of detained Palestinian children. According to UNICEF, 700 Palestinian children aged 12-17, most of them boys, are arrested and harshly interrogated by the Israeli military, police and security agents every year in the occupied West Bank.
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Saturday, January 26, 2013
Forging an Independent Foreign Policy
On January 23, 2013, The Jerusalem Post reported on a meeting held by Chuck Hagel, President Barak Obama’s defense secretary nominee, in which Hagel stated his strong commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and to maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge.
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Thursday, January 03, 2013
Israeli Soldiers' Suicides: The Untold Story
Statistics released by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) show that in the last 10 years, 237 soldiers killed themselves. That number represents an average of 24 soldiers taking their own lives every year.
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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Russia's Demographic and Public Health Crisis
For the last two decades, demographics and its effect on Russian society and future development prospects have been at the center of the discussions on that country. There is now universal agreement that unless Russia solves this most serious problem, its status as a world power will be seriously compromised. A new government offers the possibility of properly addressing this issue.
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Saturday, December 08, 2012
The High Price of Excessive and Stressful Work
When Luo Yang, who was in charge of research and development on the J-15 carrier-based fighter jet, died of a heart attack on November 25, he was under extreme stressful work conditions. He died on the day that the J-15 had completed a successful landing on the Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier.
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Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Israel and Iran Are Key to Nuclear-Free Middle East
A recent UN General Assembly resolution renews attention on the need to create a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East. The resolution calls on Israel to open its nuclear program for inspection, and to back a high-level conference to ban nuclear weapons from the Middle East that was recently canceled.
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Thursday, November 29, 2012
At Least at the UN, Palestine Returns Home
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Thursday, November 22, 2012
Gaza Tragedy Has Many Bad Actors
The Israeli attack on Gaza is another act in the human tragedy playing out on Palestinian land. This military extravaganza designed to appeal to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s electoral audience, is replete with the usual off-stage catcalls to “starve them out”, “kill them off”, etc. However, we are not simple spectators at a Broadway play but witnesses to a drama of the basest variety. The recent cease-fire deal between Israel and the Palestinians can be permanent or just a temporary interval until the basic causes of the conflict are resolved.
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