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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:
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 28, 2014
Safe alternative rites to female circumcision
New rites of passage to replace the traditional practice of female genital mutilation offers hope of protecting woman from bodily harm and helping them to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives in Africa and the Middle East.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 14, 2014
Polio's comeback laid to immunization ruses
Owing to spurious immunization programs for political purposes, people in several countries are rejecting immunization against polio, a disease that by now should have been a fact of history.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 5, 2014
Rising to the challenge of a Rio house call
A New York physician gets a surprisingly good view of social affairs when he chooses to visit a favela instead of the best places in Rio de Janeiro.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 26, 2014
Who is the better player, Messi or Maradona?
Who is the better soccer player, Lionel Messi now or Diego Maradona?
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 10, 2014
Will host Brazil win the World Cup?
For most people, Brazil is favored to win the World Cup as it's the country organizing the competition this year. But if history is any indication, a different outcome could be in the making.
COMMENTARY / World
May 12, 2014
The mothers against gun violence in America
As the abuse of guns continues to exact a heavy toll on the American population, the group One Million Moms for Gun Control is battling the influence of the gun lobby and its supporters.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 29, 2014
Turkey's apology to Armenians only a first step
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's historic apology to descendants of Armenians who were killed during World War I is only a first step that should be followed by other measures to restore ties with the Armenian government.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 22, 2014
Gabriel Garcia Marquez's 'lost' political legacy
Two pet themes of the late writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez was the abusive relationship between big industrial powers and Latin American and Caribbean countries, and the state of human rights on the continent.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 11, 2014
Pele, Maradona and Messi: soccer's holy trinity
With Lionel Messi's last performances, there should now be no doubt that he belongs in soccer's holy trinity with Pelu00e9 and Diego Maradona.
COMMENTARY
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.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 28, 2014
Children bear the brunt of Syria's bloody war
Syria's war has taken a terrible toll on the nation's children, leaving at least 10,000 dead and at lest 4.3 million in urgent need of health and humanitarian assistance.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 17, 2014
Women taking charge to save the environment
Worldwide there is growing awareness that women must contribute to the identification of environmental problems as well as plan activities geared toward the sustainable development of their communities.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 24, 2014
Crisis of water scarcity continues to stalk China
While much attention is paid to the consequences of environmental pollution in China, a separate crisis of water scarcity is brewing with equally dangerous consequences for people's health and for the country's development.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 22, 2014
How one teacher in Iran defeated bullying
A 45-year-old teacher in Iran has been celebrated on national TV for showing how to defeat bullying at his elementary school with a simple act of solidarity.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 15, 2014
Iran's religious war on minority Arab poets
It is a sad time for the world when Iran, birthplace of humanity's more revered writers and intellectuals, decides instead to kill its poets, the latest being the Ahwazi Arab poet Hashem Shaabani on Jan. 27.
COMMENTARY / World
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.
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 3, 2014
Cross-generational relations add to HIV cases
Studies show that the greater the age difference between sexual partners, the more frequent is the practice of unsafe sexual behavior that can lead to HIV infection.
COMMENTARY / World
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.
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 12, 2013
HIV/AIDS cases rising in Mideast, North Africa
Although the Mideast and North Africa has just 2 percent of the world's HIV caseload, it is one of two regions with the fastest growing HIV/AIDS infection rate.
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 7, 2013
Iran-baiting lawmakers busy ratcheting up tension
Iran-baiting lawmakers in the United State are busy trying to ratchet up the tension by pushing for more economic sanctions against Tehran despite an interim agreement on restriction Iran's nuclear program.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on