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, April 03, 2011
Yemen on the Brink
In recent weeks, Yemen’s opposition has stepped up its efforts to remove President Saleh from power, dismissing his promises to leave by the end of the year or to handle power only to “safe hands.” The Yemenis have been tricked before by this master of survival. And they don’t want a repeat performance. But the United States and Saudi Arabia, key supporters of Saleh’s regime, are worried over who could succeed their ally.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The Essential Evil of War
Every evening, at the end of the PBS News Hour, one of the most respected news programs in the U.S., one can see the images of the U.S. soldiers killed the previous day. They usually are young men, generally between 20 and 25 years of age. Even the most hardened person cannot but feel a pang of anguish looking at these young people whose lives were cut short by an irrational war. And one can imagine how many vibrant lives were lost and will be lost until the war in Afghanistan ends.
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Thursday, January 06, 2011
Don't Just Close Guantánamo, Return It
To restore good relations with Latin America and the Caribbean, damaged by several years of neglect, is one of many difficult tasks facing the Obama administration. A measure that could have far-reaching consequences and notably improve the U.S.' battered image in the continent would be to return Guantánamo to the Cuban people.
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Sunday, November 14, 2010
Human Rights Groups United in Demand for Bush's Prosecution
Several human rights groups are united in their demand that former president George W. Bush face prosecution following his open admission that he authorized the use of waterboarding, one of the cruelest forms of torture. Former president Bush made his admission during interviews publicizing his book, Decision Points. Bush's admission of having authorized torture, however serious the claim is, is just one of the reasons the former president could be prosecuted.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
President George W. Bush: Torturer
In his recently published memoirs called Decision Points, and in interviews publicizing those memoirs, former President Bush makes it clear his stand on what many consider a basic human rights violation: the use of waterboarding as a torture technique. With characteristic insouciance, Mr. Bush expresses his unqualified support for torture. Waterboarding is one of the most cruel torture techniques, used in many countries worldwide. The technique has been practiced, among others, by the Spanish Inquisition and by the French paratroopers in Algeria.
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Sunday, October 24, 2010
President Obama Should Investigate Human Rights Abuses in Iraq
President Barak Obama should investigate US' forces involvement in human rights abuses in Iraq, declared Manfred Novak, the UN's chief investigator on torture. A failure to investigate them would also be a failure of the Obama administration to recognize its obligations under international law, added Nowak. Nowak's demands follow WikiLeak's massive release of military documents that detail torture, summary executions and war crimes.
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Wednesday, September 01, 2010
The Iraq War's Tragic Legacy
The return of U.S. forces from Iraq in what is euphemistically called the end of the Iraq war is anything but the end of the conflict. The consequences of the war will be felt for many years to come. Former President George W. Bush and his advisers should be blamed for engaging in a war that has ravaged Iraq and cost the United States not only economically but also the lives and well being of hundreds of thousands of its soldiers. As of February of 2010, approximately $700 billion had been spent in the war.
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Friday, August 13, 2010
Missing the Boat on Cuba
On one of my visits to Cuba on UN-sponsored health-related missions I received one of my most useful foreign policy lessons from a young Cuban. On learning that my group came from the U.S., he told us, "Americans don't understand Cuban reality. They can get more changes in Cuba with Levi jeans than with an armed invasion."
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Worse Than Imagined: Consequences of the Iraq War
In 2003, several weeks before the start of the Iraq war, I wrote an article on the impending war in which I warned against the terrible humanitarian consequences that a war against that country would unleash. I never imagined that they would be much worse than the nightmarish scenario that I painted in my article.
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
What Would Einstein Have Said about Gaza?
On April 9, 1948, 120 fighters from the Irgun and Lehi Zionist paramilitary groups attacked Deir Yassin, near Jerusalem, a Palestinian-Arab village of approximately 600 people. During the assault, around 107 villagers were killed, including women and children. In addition, several villagers were taken prisoner, and were later jeered, spat at, and stoned.
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