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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:
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 29, 2020
A letter to Lionel Messi: Stop, please!
The great soccer player and humanitarian is making it hard on writers to come with new ways to compliment him.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 15, 2019
The National Rifle Association versus America's youth
U.S. children and teenagers experience much higher rates of gun deaths and injuries than in any other industrialized country.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 9, 2019
Why the U.S. owes Central America
Today's refugee wave is a direct consequence of U.S. interference in Latin America's political and economic development.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
May 31, 2019
Reducing the burden of depression in Japan
It remains necessary to raise awareness of depression, which is a treatable condition, in Japan's general population.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 2, 2018
The world is failing a generation of Iraqi kids
Although the war on Iraq has ended, ruthless attacks on Iraqi children continue.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 20, 2017
Yemen shows Guernica's lessons went unlearned
Eighty years after Guernica, an even more criminal action is being carried out against Yemeni civilians, mainly by Saudi Arabia with the complicity of the U.S.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 25, 2017
Breaking down the barriers to peace in the Middle East
Peace between Israelis and Palestinians will not be achieved overnight, and it is only through a massive effort involving the citizenry that reconciliation and cooperation can occur between both peoples.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 18, 2017
The Afghanistan quagmire
Afghanistan has been called the graveyard of empires. It should more properly be called the graveyard of illusions.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 27, 2017
Global needs on mental health remain unmet
On a global scale, the magnitude of undiagnosed and unaddressed mental health problems remains high.
COMMENTARY / World
May 15, 2017
Memories of a trip to Malawi
Sometimes the most surprising and endearing memories are created when you least expect it.
COMMENTARY / World
May 13, 2017
Preventing disabilities in the elderly
No one can stop the aging process, but there are many ways to minimize its negative effects.
COMMENTARY / World
May 2, 2017
Take responsibility for Yemen
A $1.1 billion pledge in aid for Yemen only underscores the responsibility that big powers have had in the crisis that has all but devastated that country.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 16, 2017
Identifying the deadly sins of U.S. imperialism
The U.S. has been intervening in other countries through a variety of mechanisms that have led to their destabilization.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 14, 2017
The best way to ensure aid to Africa is effective
It is critical to help African countries improve governance before providing financial assistance.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 17, 2017
Trump highlights downside of 'Goldwater rule'
The American people and the world deserve to know the psychological profile of the U.S. president.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 14, 2017
Shrinks take a stab at what makes Trump tick
What makes Donald Trump tick also makes him a ticking time bomb.
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 12, 2017
Misunderstood mesentery gets an upgrade
The mesentery, a structure located in the gastric cavity, is now recognized as an organ.
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 13, 2016
Poverty: the dark side of the American empire
U.S. politicians must do more to help the 43 million Americans mired in poverty.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 29, 2016
Meeting Fidel, the frustrated medical doctor
Meeting Fidel Castro, the writer found his medical knowledge impressive.
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 5, 2016
Gang violence rages in Central America
Gang violence is a social scourge across Central America.

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