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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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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Sunday, March 18, 2012
Creating an Enemy of Iran
In discussing international political events, a friend told me, “Countries are like people: they react in the same manner.” I didn’t quite realize the full import of her words until now that I view the seemingly inevitable path to war between the United States/Israel and Iran.
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Saturday, March 17, 2012
A Simple Message of Peace
As a writer on human rights issues I don’t lack reasons for concern. There are not too many countries nowadays where human rights are not abused in some form, where violence does not strike in one of its multiple forms. Although writing topics are plentiful, this situation is especially upsetting for anybody who yearns to live in a peaceful world. At such moments when aspects of the human condition are overwhelming, I visit one of the many neighborhoods outside Manhattan -- where I live -- and where the change of locale can do wonders for my mood.
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Saturday, March 03, 2012
What Greece Can Learn from Argentina
To understand Greece’s recent travails and how the country got there it is useful to quote what Mikis Theodorakis, the famous Greek songwriter and composer wrote about it. Recently, on his home page, Theodorakis said:
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Trivializing War: Killing At a Distance with Drones
NEW YORK -- Captain Ferguson (not his real name) gets up early in the morning, and has breakfast with his wife and children. At the office, Captain Ferguson sits in front of the computer for almost eight hours every day. At the end of the day he heads back home. Captain Ferguson’s wife is glad to see him back to discuss the events of her day. He does the same, with one omission. By most measures, it has been a beautiful day.
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Saturday, December 17, 2011
Demolitions Can Doom Israel's Democracy
Displacement and survival are two branches of a same tree. Following the Second World War, many Jewish survivors of forced labor camps, concentration camps and death marches sought to rebuild their lives far from the countries of their birth. Those who found shelter in the Displaced Persons (DP) camps, called She’erit ha-Pletah in Hebrew (meaning 'surviving remnants'), eventually began anew in North and South America, in Western Europe, in what is now Israel. Today in the latter country Palestinians are the victims of forced displacement at an alarming rate.
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