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.
For Cesar Chelala's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
Apr 23, 2015
Houthi soldiers defying the odds against them
There is no reason to believe so far that the Houthi rebels have anything other than Yemen's peaceful survival in mind.
Japan Times
Apr 6, 2015
Iran deal improves prospects for regional peace
Rather than demonizing Iran's leaders, the Western powers should take advantage of the country's status to improve peace prospects in the region.
Mar 30, 2015
Tuberculosis showing a resurgence in China
China now has the second-largest tuberculosis epidemic — second only to India — with more than 1.3 million new cases of tuberculosis every year.
Mar 20, 2015
Doctors being targeted in Syria's brutal war
After four years of war in Syria, some medical suppliers now fear being arrested or shut down if they sell gauze or surgical thread to doctors operating in areas under siege by government forces.
Feb 23, 2015
Palestinians, Israelis who refuse to be enemies
Arabs, Israelis and Israeli Arabs are uniting in the 'We Refuse to Be Enemies' campaign against the unnecessary deaths in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
Japan Times
Feb 9, 2015
Demystifying decades of animosity with Iran
For several decades, relations between the U.S. and Iran, and between Iran and the West, have been shrouded in misconceptions and prejudices. It didn't have to be that way.
Jan 31, 2015
Public health challenges in the Middle East
Continuing conflicts in the Mideast, especially Syria and Iraq, have prompted a substantial emigration of doctors, adding to existing problems of too few qualified health care personnel.
Jan 11, 2015
Break the embargo with medical exchanges
President Barack Obama should begin the normalization of U.S. relations with Cuba after a half-century by allowing medical communication between American and Cuban doctors.
Jan 2, 2015
Challenges of providing safe water in Africa
In Africa's developing countries, waste management often endangers health and the environment, yet it is given low priority by governments often besieged by other problems such as poverty, hunger, unemployment and war.
Dec 22, 2014
Now, why not return Guantanamo to Havana?
To improve on President Barack Obama's decision to re-establish normal relations with Havana, the U.S. should return Guantanamo to Cuba, a measure that is long overdue.
Nov 25, 2014
As Chinese live longer, Alzheimer's cases rise
The Chinese government should be prepare for a sharp rise in the number of dementia patients as the world's second largest country's population rapidly ages.
Japan Times
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 international law.
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.
Oct 8, 2014
Sanctions on Russia will backfire on U.S. and EU
As things stand now, Russia, the U.S. and the EU are being hurt by the West's sanctions on Russia. It is a truly no-win situation for all those involved.
Japan Times
Sep 26, 2014
Ebola breaking away from efforts to contain it
As the Eboloa epidemic threatens to spread out of control, the U.S.' promise of technical help is welcome, but its dispatch of military troops to areas of the infection could be taken the wrong way.
Japan Times
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.
Aug 11, 2014
Prompt treatment can stop Ebola epidemic
Early diagnosis, prompt supportive treatments and modification of some burial practices can halt the largest-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus.


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