On The Monitor this week:
- The Puerto Rico debt Crisis with Julio Ricardo Varela
- The Iran Nuclear deal with Gareth Porter.
More about our guests:
Julio Ricardo Varela (@julito77) is Digital Media Director of NPR’s Latino USA and the Founder of Latino Rebels LatinoRebels.com, Julio made several co-host appearances on Al Jazeera America’s “The Stream” and Al Jazeera English’s “The Stream.” He is a Harvard graduate in Latin American History and Literature.
Gareth Porter (@GarethPorter) is an independent investigative journalist and historian writing on US national security policy. His latest book, Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, was published in February 2014. Gareth has also published investigative articles on , the Nation, the American Prospect, Truthout and The Raw Story. His blogs have been published on Huffington Post, Firedoglake, Counterpunch and many other websites. Porter was Saigon bureau chief of Dispatch News Service International in 1971 and later reported on trips to Southeast Asia for The Guardian, Asian Wall Street Journal and Pacific News Service. He is also the author of four books on the Vietnam War and the political system of Vietnam. Historian Andrew Bacevich called his latest book, ‘Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War’, published by University of California Press in 2005, “without a doubt, the most important contribution to the history of U.S. national security policy to appear in the past decade.” He has taught Southeast Asian politics and international studies at American University, City College of New York and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.