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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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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Friday, November 16, 2012
The Politics and Insanity of the US Embargo on Cuba
Dear President Obama:
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Monday, October 08, 2012
Russell Tribunal Strongly Condemns US and UN on Israel's Policies
In its last meeting in New York, the Russell Tribunal, also known as the International War Tribunal, strongly condemned Israeli policies towards Palestinians, particularly in the Gaza Strip. In addition, the Russell Tribunal criticized the U.S. and the UN complicity in allowing Israel to carry out its policies.
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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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