As PRESS TV notes, the protests in Basra go on. Among the reasons for the ongoing protests -- which started in July -- is the water issue. Over 150,000 residents of the area have ended up hospitalized for drinking the local water. Potable water is a right, not a luxury.
Water is an issue throughout Iraq. For example . . .
Among the reason for water problems in Iraq today? Pollution, to be sure. Back in October, Philip Issa (AP) observed that the Tigris River "is foulded by untreated sewage and dead carp, which float by in the fast-moving current." Equally true, neighbors who block off the water flow through Iraq.
Zubeyde Yalcin (DAILY SABAH) reports:
Turkey has appointed former Forestry and Water Affairs Minister Veysel Eroğlu as a special envoy to Iraq to resolve the water sharing issues between the two countries. During a press conference with the Iraqi President Barham Salih last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said there were serious water management problems between Iraq and Turkey but some necessary steps could solve the issues within a couple of years. Erdoğan said that he would send a special envoy to Iraq to talk with officials and take the necessary steps.
So Turkey's going to decide what a "fair share" of the water is for Iraq? Is that it's supposed to work? Let's hope not. And let's hope that people grasp how important water issues actually are. Bryan Bowman's report for GLOBAL POST touches on this importance:
Back to Basra, the protests aren't the only issue. Mustafa Saddoun (AL-MONITOR) reports:
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