César Chelala

César Chelala

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

Articles by this author

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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(Image: via Reprieve.org) Views
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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(Photo by Roshan Nebhrajani/Medill News Service/cc/flickr) Views
Sunday, April 06, 2014
The Case for Donald Rumsfeld’s Prosecution
I have just finished watching the film “The Unknown Known” by Errol Morris, which is a long interview with Donald Rumsfeld, the former Secretary of Defense during the Iraq war, and cannot stop thinking about Rumsfeld’s role in the use of torture, for which he was widely condemned. In 2009, Manfred...
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Sunday, March 23, 2014
UN Raporteur Accuses Israel of "Ethnic Cleansing"
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Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Mr. Netanyahu's Wrong Mantra
In his visit to the U.S., Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. President Barak Obama that he would never compromise on Israel’s security, as Obama pressured him to reach an agreement with the Palestinians.
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Friday, February 28, 2014
Israel's Army Accused of War Crimes
In a new Amnesty International (AI) report titled “Trigger Happy: Israel’s Use of Excessive Force in the West Bank,” the human rights organization accuses Israel of using excessive, reckless violence against civilians in the occupied West Bank.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Mistreatment of Palestinian Children Continues
An Australian documentary just released titled “ Stone Cold Justice ” alleges that some Palestinian children were being physically abused and forced into false confessions by the Israeli military to gather intelligence on Palestinian activists.
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