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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:

Apr 5, 2014

The futility of torture to obtain information

Fom the most unexpected source — the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee — we now have the conclusion that torture, or "enhanced interrogation techniques," did not help the American government find Osama bin Laden in May 2011.

/ Jan 18, 2014

The need for a peace narrative in the Middle East

A physician-writer wonders why a common narrative of shared commercial and cultural interests cannot be developed in the Mideast like the one that Jewish and Arab business owners had in his hometown in northern Argentina a half-century ago.

/ Dec 23, 2013

Iran should stop human rights abuses

The election of Hassan Rouhani as Iran's president seemed to signal a dramatic change in policies, but amid an overseas image of moderation, serious human rights abuses continue in Iran over protests from human rights groups in and outside the country.