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.

Articles by this author

Views
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Increasing Calls for Iraq War Probe of Bush Administration
In his just published memoirs, The Age of Deception , former chief United Nations nuclear inspector Mohamed ElBaradei asks that George W. Bush and officials in his administration face international criminal investigation for the war in Iraq. One thing he learned from the Iraq war, he says, is that deliberate deception is not limited to small countries ruled by ruthless dictators.
Read more
Views
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Bahrain Government's Attacks on Doctors
The Government of Bahrain has been conducting a systematic attack on doctors and other medical personnel, ostensibly because of care they are providing to protesters attacked and maimed by government forces. The United States, which has been quite clear in its criticism of repression in Syria, should make it clear now where it stands with regard to human rights abuses in Bahrain.
Read more
Views
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.
Read more
Views
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.
Read more
Views
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.
Read more
Views
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Palestinian Children Vs. the IDF
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) is among the strongest armies in the world. According to Israeli Defense Minister Ehuda Barak, it is also one the most moral ones. One wouldn't know that for its treatment of Palestinian children. On December 13, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) stated that the Israeli military and police were violating Israeli law by detaining Palestinian children, some as young as seven years old, and interrogating them.
Read more
Views
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
U.S. Still Delinquent on Landmine Treaty
"I heard a thundering sound and saw darkness all around me. I spent three months in the hospital -- and lost my leg and my son. I had stepped on a landmine and the world as I knew it had come to a halting end," wrote Monica Piloya, chairperson of the Gulu/Amuru Landmine Survivors' Network in northern Uganda. She is one of the thousands of women who have been maimed by landmines.
Read more
Views
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.
Read more
Views
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.
Read more
Views
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.
Read more

Pages