Remember those protests in Basra? They haven’t received as much attention as they did when they erupted weeks ago, but they’re still going on, and they show no signs of abating. Four protesters have died since Thursday – one just south of Basra in the city of Umm Qasr, Iraq’s main port for importing food. (The port has been shut down, but oil exports reportedly are unaffected.) On Thursday, protesters burned several government buildings, forcing the Iraqi parliament to call an emergency session on Saturday. Among the latest additions to their list of grievances is the government’s failure to provide basic services. Social media reports indicate an uptick in water-borne illness, with as many as 6,000 people afflicted with cholera.
The governor of Hadhramaut, an oil-producing province in southern Yemen, has threatened to lower production by 100,000 barrels per day. Now, this may not seem like such a large amount, but it starts to seem a lot bigger in the context of the decli