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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:
The great soccer player and humanitarian is making it hard on writers to come with new ways to compliment him.
U.S. children and teenagers experience much higher rates of gun deaths and injuries than in any other industrialized country.
Today's refugee wave is a direct consequence of U.S. interference in Latin America's political and economic development.
It remains necessary to raise awareness of depression, which is a treatable condition, in Japan's general population.
Although the war on Iraq has ended, ruthless attacks on Iraqi children continue.
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.
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.
Afghanistan has been called the graveyard of empires. It should more properly be called the graveyard of illusions.
On a global scale, the magnitude of undiagnosed and unaddressed mental health problems remains high.