César Chelala

César Chelala

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

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Martin Indyk: A Wolf to Tend The Chickens in the Middle East
The naming of Martin Indyk as the U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations is an ominous sign in an already dire situation for peace in the region. How can the United States expect an unbalanced assessment from a diplomat who, although at times critical of Israeli policies, has a background that clearly identifies him with one of the parties in the tragic Middle East conundrum?
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Monday, July 29, 2013
A Lesson from Pope Francis’s Visit to Brazil
During his visit to Brazil, Pope Francis’ visit to Varginha, a favela in Rio de Janeiro drew crowds of thousands of people, most of them young. It was a good opportunity for him to preach social justice and to demand an end to social inequalities.
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Saturday, July 27, 2013
Is General al-Sisi Egypt's Pinochet?
There is an ominous resemblance between Egypt’s General Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi and the late Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet. A resemblance that goes far beyond the upright, defiant and dark-glassed physical appearance.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Mr. Netanyahu's Ultimate Sin
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has committed a politician’s worst sin: he has become tiresome. Just as the world was breathing in peace after the election of Mr. Hassan Rohani as the new Iranian president with moderate views on nuclear development Mr. Netanyahu –never to be outdone- declared that Iran was getting closer and closer to the bomb and added, “I won’t wait until it is too late.”
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Sunday, July 14, 2013
It is Criminal to Execute the Mentally Disabled
The planned execution on July 15 of Georgia prisoner Warren Hill—who has been diagnosed as ‘mentally disabled’—is a gross violation of U.S. federal laws and specifically of the 8th amendment that reads, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted.’ The U.S.
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Sunday, June 09, 2013
Mental Health: A Global Disability
On a global scale, the magnitude of undiagnosed and unaddressed mental health problems continues to be high. It is estimated that 120 million people globally suffer from depression, 50 million from epilepsy, 37 million from Alzheimer's disease and 24 million from schizophrenia.
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Sunday, May 12, 2013
How a Bad Environment Affects Children's Health
Millions of children die every year as a result of environment-related diseases. Their deaths could be prevented by using low-cost and sustainable tools and strategies for improving the environment. In some countries, more than one-third of the disease burden could be prevented by environmental changes. According to a WHO study carried out in 23 countries, more than 10 percent of deaths are due to unsafe water and indoor air pollution, particularly from solid fuel used for cooking.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Distorted Priorities: Military Spending vs. People's Health
The latest report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) shows that, considering some data uncertainties, the world military spending in 2012 dropped slightly (0.5 percent) when compared to 2011. It is the first decline in military spending since 1998.
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Saturday, April 20, 2013
Impact of Economic Crises on People’s Health
The deteriorating global economic outlook for some countries is increasing concern on the general population on the effects that the economic crises will have on people’s health. The crises now taking place in several European countries raise the possibility that a “cascade effect” of unpredictable but mostly negative consequences may affect people’s health and well being.
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Monday, April 15, 2013
Guantánamo Continues To Be a Stain in US’ Reputation
“We must be clear about this: the United States is in clear breach not just of its own commitments but also of international laws and standards that it is obliged to uphold,” declared recently Friday Navi Pillay, the U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights.
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