César Chelala

César Chelala

Dr. César Chelala is an international public health consultant and a
winner of several journalism awards.

Articles by this author

Palestinian's flag painted on the sail of the Free Gaza boat. (Photo: Free Gaza Movement / Wikimedia Creative Commons) Views
Friday, July 11, 2014
Gaza's Heavy Price
The new Israeli attacks against Gaza, which have already resulted in more than 80 deaths, will prove, once again, to be counterproductive. Violence against Palestinians will not diminish their rightful demands for freedom from occupation and for a normal, peaceful life. Why, then, if Gazans want to...
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A mural of Diego Maradona in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo: Wally Gobetz/ cc/ Flickr) Views
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Messi or Maradona?
Two splendid goals by Lionel Messi against Nigeria (which Argentina beat 3-2) prompts this question among many soccer fans. Who is a better player, Messi now or Maradona then? To answer that question it might be useful to seek help from a Greek oracle, since both are, or were, in Maradona’s case,...
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Saturday, June 21, 2014
Gaza Will Live
As Gaza reaches seven years of occupation the situation continues to deteriorate, causing enormous and unnecessary civilian suffering to a population whose main sin is to want to remain alive and proper in their own land. As a result of the Israeli government actions, a “separation policy” between...
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Why Bush and Blair Should Be Prosecuted for War Crimes
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair recently stated that air strikes and drones should be used once again on Iraq to stem recent gains by extremists in that country. Mr. Blair is oblivious of the responsibility he shares with former U.S. president George W. Bush on account of one of the most...
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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not only refuses to recognize the Palestinian's new unity government, he has appealed to the international community not to recognize it. (Photo: Flickr / cc / Abode of Chaos) Views
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Netanyahu Is Running Out of Excuses
The formation of a new unity government between Fatah and Hamas, although strongly resisted by the Israeli government leadership, may offer some hope for eventually leading to renewed peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel’s government. For Mr. Netanyahu to resist this union is a...
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A pro-Palestinian message on the graffiti wall at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons) Views
Saturday, May 31, 2014
The Israeli Army's Policy of Intimidation
During the Nabka Day protests last May 15, two Palestinian youths, Muhammad Abu Thahr, 15, and Nadim Nuwara, 17, were shot in the chest in the town of Beitunia near Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank. Both adolescents died as a result of the injuries they suffered. Although the Israel Defense...
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Force-Feeding Prisoners Is a Criminal Act
The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler determining that the U.S. military can force-feed a Syrian detainee at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is a well intentioned but wrong decision. It allows the U.S.government to continue a criminal practice that has been widely...
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A child receives the polio vaccine.(Photo: UNICEF Ethiopia) Views
Saturday, May 24, 2014
The CIA and the Wrong Uses of Public Health
One of my most persistent memories of my friend Dr. Albert Sabin, who developed an oral vaccine against polio was how, when we met after one of my health-related missions overseas, he would question me about the polio situation in the country I visited. I am sure he would be dismayed at the return...
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Cuba's Fidel Castro and famed Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, who died this week. Views
Saturday, April 19, 2014
The Lost Legacy of Gabriel García Márquez
I met Gabriel García Márquez and Fidel Castro at the Convention Palace in Havana during a medical meeting I attended in Cuba in the early eighties. I also had the honor of being extensively quoted in one of his articles, “Con las Malvinas o sin ellas,” (With or Without the Malvinas). My article (...
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A view of the Gaza Strip from Israel. (Credit: David Berkovitz / cc / Flickr) Views
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Gaza Corrodes Israel's Soul
As Israel continues its unlawful siege of the Gaza Strip, the health situation for the Palestinians continues to be critical. In a comprehensive report, B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, described the health situation in Gaza on January 1 st ,...
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