Below are Ring of Fire’s top stories from the past week.

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Department of Justice Asks Court to Grant Bush Admins Immunity for Iraq War

In a series of documents filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the Obama administration’s Department of Justice effectively asked the Court to grant immunity to former President George W. Bush, former Vice-President Richard B. Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, former National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz for their actions during the Iraq War. … Read more.

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How Climate Change Created the Syrian Crisis

On Monday, The Atlantic released an analysis of the Syrian conflict written by veteran foreign policy consultant, William R. Polk. As the article points out, the current conflict in Syria began as a result of climate change. … Read more.


Florida Governor Rick Scott Cuts Taxes on the Rich, Again

Governor Rick Scott, has been hiding his conservative party’s real agenda on taxes, since his election. Just Florida’s Governor cuts taxes for the rich, again. … Read more.


Fosamax Trial Takes “Unusual” and “Costly” Turn for Merck & Co.

U.S. District Court Judge John Keenan of Manhattan made an unorthodox call in the lawsuits against pharmaceutical giant, Merck & Co. In a move that could possibly be a harsh blow to the drug company, Keenan decided to have each of the cases against Merck spread throughout several different courts across America. … Read more.

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Ohio Fracking Employee Dumps Wastewater into Mahong River

An Ohio oil and gas services contractor pled guilty on Thursday to dumping thousands of gallons of fracking wastewater into the Mahoning River in eastern Ohio. Hardrock Excavating LLC employee Michael Guesman admitted to dumping the toxic waste, also known as “flowback” and “produced water,” down a stormwater drain on numerous occasions over a three-month period, according to Law360. … Read more.


Joshua is a writer and researcher with Ring of Fire. Follow him on Twitter @Joshual33.