César Chelala

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

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Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 12:45pm
Meeting Fidel
As a young medical student in Argentina I had been fascinated by Fidel Castro and his rebel combatants and followed with interest their advance from the mountains to the plains to the capital city of Havana . I longed to visit the island but the US blockade made it extremely difficult to travel to...
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Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 12:45pm
Hamilton vs Trump
“Apologize!” was President elect Donald Trump conclusion of two messages he wrote to the cast of Hamilton, one of the most successful Broadway musicals in recent times. He was thus responding to the incident in which actor Brandon Victor Dixon, that played Vice President Aaron Burr, addressed the...
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Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 10:00am
I Am One of Your 'Bad Hombres' Señor Trump
During the last presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Trump said, “we have some bad hombres here,” in clear reference to the Latinos coming to the United States. As CNN commentator Van Jones explained, “The only time this man has used Spanish in the entire election was used...
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Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 9:15am
Donald Trump’s Droit Du Seigneur
In medieval Europe, droit du seigneur referred to a legal right which allowed feudal lords to have sexual relations with subordinate women. This tradition, however, had older origins. The Greek historian Herodotus (484-425 BC) claims a similar custom existed among the Adyrmachidae in ancient Lybia...
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Monday, August 8, 2016 - 2:45pm
A Young Syrian Woman of Valor
Resilience is the capacity that allows some people to bounce back after being knocked down by life. Instead of becoming a victim of adversity, they find a way to come back from the ashes. Yusra Mardini, an 18-year-old Syrian woman swimmer, who just won the opening heat of the 100m butterfly at the...
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Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 9:00am
Military Regimes Shouldn't Be Recognized
The military upheaval in Turkey, whose final consequences are yet to be seen, highlights a major weakness in worldwide efforts to promote democracy. This event underscores the need to establish binding international legal principles to ban the recognition of military regimes as a result of coups d’...
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Monday, June 20, 2016 - 3:30pm
Children Pay the Highest Price in Global Refugee Crisis
The world is witness to a rapid increase in the number of people forced to flee from wars, conflict and persecution in countries such as Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. It is estimated that approximately half of the 19.5 million registered refugees at a global level are children and youth. They are...
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Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 8:30am
A Lesson from Auschwitz
At the main entrance of the Nazi camp at Auschwitz one could read: “Arbeit macht frei” (Work makes you free). The current trial of Reinhold Hanning, 94, a former SS guard at the camp, brings to mind one of the saddest ironies in that most tragic place. He is being tried in the court city of Detmold...
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Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 9:45am
Declassifying Records Will Shed Light on US Role In Argentina
In 1979, with Paul Heath Hoeffel, I wrote “Missing or Dead in Argentina: The Desperate Search for Thousands of Abducted Victims.” For this article, published as a cover story in The New York Times Magazine , we received the 1979 Overseas Press Club of America award for the best article on Human...
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Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 2:15pm
US Should Stop Making (and Selling) Cowards' Bombs
The continuous use of cluster bombs -many of them manufactured by the US- in several conflicts around the world, shows a disregard for human rights and tarnishes the image of those countries that make, sell, and use them. Because of the high number of civilians who are frequently their victims—...
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