The government of Iraq is moving to address a wave of protests there. The largest were on Sunday in Baghdad, Basra, Ramadi and Mosul. Iraqis demanded better electricity and more jobs, as well as a crackdown on crime and corruption. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki pledged to increase monthly food rations. He also rejected any use of violence against the demonstrators.
Iraqis have been protesting the lack of services and the increasing curtailment of basic freedoms (such as the right to consume alcohol, for example) for months now. This isn't something new.