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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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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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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