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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:

A failure of U.S. democracy and human rights

Oct 31, 2014

A failure of U.S. democracy and human rights

It is a sad day for democracy when 12 Nobel Peace laureates have to write a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, himself a Nobel Peace laureate, urging him to end, once and for all, America's flagrant use of torture and other violations of ...

Oct 27, 2014

The antidote to poverty, disease and terrorism

To increase the chances of success for children in developing countries, educating mothers may be more important than educating fathers, as educated girls seem to develop better essential life skills, including the ability to participate effectively in society.

Oct 14, 2014

Ebola threatens Africa's development

The World Health Organization's dramatic warning that the Ebola epidemic threatens the "very survival" of societies has a public health consultant wondering where all the millions of dollars in aid to African countries to improve their health systems have gone.

Crucial lessons of 9/11 go unlearned

Sep 12, 2014

Crucial lessons of 9/11 go unlearned

When one returns to America this week after spending some time overseas, one may question his own sanity, struck by the perception that the U.S. government seems bent on an almost suicidal road to war.

Sep 8, 2014

New sanctions on Iran to hurt peace prospects

New U.S. sanctions recently announced against Iran are aimed at making life difficult for Mahan Air and other entities. But the limitations are unlikely to move Iran to freeze its nuclear program and will instead damage prospects for peace.

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.