César Chelala

 César Chelala, MD, PhD, is a co-winner of an Overseas Press Club of America award. He is also the foreign correspondent for Middle East Times International (Australia).

Articles by this author

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 8:15am
We Refuse To Be Enemies
I have just returned from a concert by Gabriel Meyer Halevy, an Argentine-Israeli musician. He is the son of Marshall Meyer, an American rabbi who lived in Argentina during that country’s “Dirty War” in which thousands of people became “desaparecidos.” Marshall Meyer’s work helped save the lives of...
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Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 9:00am
Education: The Global Antidote to Poverty, Disease, and Terrorism
Despite enormous technological advances, humanity continues to grapple with three enormous burdens: poverty, disease and terrorism (both individual and state-sponsored.) Although the policies aimed at solving those problems are different, there is one approach that can help lower the negative...
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Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 9:45am
Ebola Threatens West Africa's Economic Survival
Just as the African countries were overcoming the devastating effects of the AIDS epidemic, Ebola’s most recent epidemic is causing tremendous damage to the countries were the infection by the Ebola virus is spreading most rapidly: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. In addition, another serious...
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Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 10:00am
New Sanctions on Iran are Detrimental to an Agreement
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave instructions to his top military commander to cooperate with US, Iraqi and Kurdish forces in their fight against Islamic State. Khamenei’s decision comes days after the US announced new sanctions on Iran, sanctions that can hider current negotiations with that country...
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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 7:30am
The ICC Should Live Up To Its Mandate
The 1998 Rome Statute, the International Criminal Court’s founding charter, states that one of the critical ICC’s tasks is that “the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole must not go unpunished.” However, under pressure from the US and the European Community, the...
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Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 11:00am
Use of Barrel Bombs in Syria and Iraq Devastate Civilians' Lives
UN Security Council Resolution 2139 of February 22, 2014, ordered all parties to the conflict in Syria to end the discriminate use of barrel bombs and other weapons in populated areas. In spite of that, both the Syrian and the Iraqi governments continue using them against civilians. Human rights...
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Palestinian's flag painted on the sail of the Free Gaza boat. (Photo: Free Gaza Movement / Wikimedia Creative Commons) Views
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 2:15pm
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 - 8:30am
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 - 9:45am
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 - 1:00pm
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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