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Cesar Chelala

Cesar Chelala, MD, PhD, is an international public health consultant for several UN agencies, and a writer on human rights, medical and foreign policy issues. He is a winner of an Overseas Press Club of America Award. His articles have been published in more than 70 countries worldwide.

For Cesar Chelala's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Aug 17, 2014

Devastating use of barrel bombs in Syria, Iraq

In spite of a U.N. Security Council resolution banning the use of "barrel bombs" — a type of improvised explosive device filled with shrapnel, oil and chemicals — both the Syrian and Iraqi governments continue to use them against civilians.

Jul 28, 2014

Safe alternative rites to female circumcision

New rites of passage to replace the traditional practice of female genital mutilation offers hope of protecting woman from bodily harm and helping them to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives in Africa and the Middle East.

Jun 10, 2014

Will host Brazil win the World Cup?

For most people, Brazil is favored to win the World Cup as it's the country organizing the competition this year. But if history is any indication, a different outcome could be in the making.

Apr 29, 2014

Turkey's apology to Armenians only a first step

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's historic apology to descendants of Armenians who were killed during World War I is only a first step that should be followed by other measures to restore ties with the Armenian government.