Cesar Chelala


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.
Dec 23, 2010
Palestinian kids versus the IDF
NEW YORK — The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) is among the strongest armies in the world. According to Israeli Defense Minister Ehuda Barak, it is also one the most moral ones. One wouldn't know that for its treatment of Palestinian children.
Dec 7, 2010
U.S. remains delinquent on landmine treaty
NEW YORK — "I heard a thundering sound and saw darkness all around me. I spent three months in the hospital, and lost my leg and my son. I had stepped on a landmine and the world as I knew it had come to a halting end," wrote Monica Piloya, chairperson of the Gulu/Amuru Landmine Survivors' Network...
Nov 25, 2010
Let's hope Obama wins New START gamble
NEW YORK — President Barack Obama's decision to press for ratification of the New START treaty between Russia and the United States is one that will have a lasting influence on the rest of his presidency.
Nov 17, 2010
Unrepentant Bush still backs use of torture
In his recently published memoirs called "Decision Points," and in interviews publicizing those memoirs, former U.S. President George W. Bush makes it clear his stand on what many consider a basic human rights violation: the use of waterboarding as a torture technique. With characteristic insouciance,...
Nov 10, 2010
Israelis destroying a symbol of peace and life
During the last few years, Palestinian olive trees — a universal symbol of life and peace — have been systematically destroyed by Israeli settlers. "It has reached a crescendo. What might look like ad hoc violence is actually a tool the settlers are using to push back Palestinian farmers...
Nov 7, 2010
Erosion of Argentina's wealth and work ethic
BUENOS AIRES — Perhaps there is no better observation of the government of Argentine President Cristina Kirchner than the one given by Mario Vargas Llosa, the latest Nobel laureate in literature. Vargas Llosa said Kirchner was leading a corruption-riddled government.
Nov 1, 2010
Rights abuses in Iraq demand investigation
NEW YORK — President Barack Obama should investigate allegations that American military forces have been involved in human rights abuses in Iraq. Manfred Novak, the United Nations' chief investigator on torture, says the failure to investigate would amount to a failure by the Obama administration...
Oct 18, 2010
Art of dissuading car thieves in New York
NEW YORK — Every 24 seconds, a motor vehicle is stolen in the United States. Contrary to popular belief, thieves target not only expensive cars but also, most frequently, those in the mid-price range.
Oct 7, 2010
Going home is such a bittersweet experience
TUCUMAN, Argentina — Coming home to my native Tucuman, a city in the north of Argentina, has become almost a ritual for me. And, predictably, it has its bittersweet moments.
Sep 20, 2010
Mixing it up on a New York summer evening
NEW YORK — Like many other cities around the world, New York has had a punishing summer. On one of the first nights that the weather gave us a respite, I went to a new place for dinner, a Turkish restaurant in Greenwich Village that a friend had enthusiastically recommended to me. I had intended...
Sep 3, 2010
Legacy of Iraq war won't be winding down
NEW YORK — The withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq in what is euphemistically called the end of the Iraq war portends anything but the end of the conflict.
Aug 18, 2010
Sometimes TV dramas can be good for you
TIRANA, Albania — A friend of mine, a prestigious physician who works the longest hours of anybody I know, makes only one exception from her demanding schedule in New York. Once a week, she returns home early to watch a new episode of her favorite television drama. I cannot think of a more unlikely...
Aug 3, 2010
Drug use is fueling AIDS epidemic in Russia
NEW YORK — Russia has one of the world's most serious epidemics of injection drug use, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS. It is estimated that Russia has 2 million injecting drug users (IDUs), 60 to 70 percent of whom have HIV-related illnesses. In the past decade, the...
Jul 26, 2010
Give Israeli 'traitor' unconditional freedom
NEW YORK — On May 23, Mordechai Vanunu, whom Amnesty International calls a "prisoner of conscience," was sent to prison for three months, accused of violating the terms of his 2004 release from prison. He has spent 18 years in prison, the first 11 years in solitary confinement.
Jul 17, 2010
Breaking the oppression of Indian Dalits
One can fight oppression with violence, or one can fight it with education. Hema Konsotia, a 32-year-old Indian woman, has chosen the latter.
Jul 12, 2010
Scholars flunk George W. Bush
NEW YORK — George W. Bush ranks among the five U.S. presidents who accomplished the least while in office, according to the Siena College Research Institute's latest survey of 238 presidential scholars. The institute has conducted the poll annually for the past 28 years.
Jul 6, 2010
Valiant voice against a war without borders
NEW YORK — Is it not fair to say that the more we love our country, the more we want it to be a better, more honorable country?
Jun 29, 2010
Maradona casts spell at world's crossroads
NEW YORK — I can still hear the Mexican sportscaster shouting in the radio for more than a minute — "Dieguitooooo, Dieguitoooooo, Diego Armando Maradonaaaaaaa!" — after the Argentine soccer player scored his second goal against the British during the 1986 World Cup that Argentina would...
Jun 22, 2010
Drug offers hope for the mentally disabled
NEW YORK — I remember my friend's face when he told me that his daughter had been born with a severe mental disability.
Jun 8, 2010
One of the worst places on Earth for women
NEW YORK — In spite of moderate progress in some areas, women's health needs continue to go unmet in Afghanistan.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan