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, September 30, 2012
How to Tax a Millionaire
The decision by the French government to tax millionaires by 75% on earned income for people earning more than €1m a year in an attempt to lower government deficit is n unusual and much waited measure. It should be imitated by governments –such as the US- that have to confront similar problems and that seem to be at a loss on the best way to do it.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Romney's Monte Card Game
“Now you see it, now you don’t!” In the astute way of the street “Monte” card players, and for many months, Mitt Romney had been threatening to show his tax returns. Now, finally, he has fulfilled his promise. He has just presented his 2011 tax return. It shows that he paid 14.1% of his income in taxes. Are we supposed to feel proud for the Republican presidential candidate? With a joint income several hundred times less than that of Mr.
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Saturday, September 15, 2012
U.S. Shouldn't Be Complicit With Netanyahu's Folly
“It is difficult to overestimate the risks that Benjamin Netanyahu poses to the future of his own country. As Prime Minister, he has done more than any other political figure to embolden and elevate the reactionary forces in Israel, to eliminate the dwindling possibility of a just settlement with the Palestinians, and to isolate his country on the world diplomatic stage,” wrote recently David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker .
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Is There an End to DR Congo's Suffering?
The rebellion in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), which has spread to the South Kivu province, has caused the humanitarian situation in the country to deteriorate significantly, warned the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Human Rights Watch .
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Romney's El Salvador Death Squad Ties
On two occasions during El Salvador’s terrible war years, I had an inkling of being in front of an unusual experience. One was visiting El Salvador’s Cathedral, where Archbishop Oscar Romero officiated mass. He had been assassinated by one of the country’s death squads. I could almost feel, although he was already dead, that he was still present there. The other experience was meeting a Spanish priest, Ignacio Martín- Baró, who had also been assassinated by death squads for his work with the Salvadoran poor.
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Thursday, July 05, 2012
Was Yasser Arafat Assassinated?
For at least two years before Yasser Arafat’s death in 2004, Uri Avnery, a leading Israeli peace activist, had been warning of the possibility that the Palestinian leader could be assassinated and on the negative effect this would have on the peace process.
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Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Chasm Between Two Presidential Peace Prize Winners
“The lead interrogator at the Division Interrogation Facility (DIF) had given me specific instructions: I was to deprive the detainee of sleep during my 12-hour shift by opening his cell every hour, forcing him to stand in a corner and stripping him of his clothes. Three years later the tables have turned. It is rare that I sleep through the night without a visit from this man.
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Monday, June 04, 2012
On Unforgivable, Unforgettable Tragedies
Some of my ancestors came from Syria, which may be one more explanation for the unrelenting horror I feel at the tragic events at Houla, where 108 Syrian villagers, including 34 women and 49 children were massacred. Who are responsible for these terrible actions?
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Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Marwan Barghouti is Palestinians’ Hope
After a Land Day (March 30) statement in which Marwan Barghouti called on Palestinians to launch a popular resistance campaign against Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land, the popular Palestinian leader (who was already in prison) was placed in solitary confinement.
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Sunday, April 01, 2012
Why Japan and US Should Eliminate the Death Penalty
Japan’s decision to hang three prisoners after nearly two years without executions has be
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