Egypt

As social and economic unrest continues to pressure the Arab Republic of Egypt, the country is reportedly set to ask the IMF for an increase on the original $4.8 billion loan agreed upon by the two parties in previous negotiations. In the meantime, sectarian clashes broke out again this past week between Coptic Christians and Muslims in central Cairo after the funerals of four Coptic Egyptians killed in sectarian clashes outside of Cairo earlier this week. In addition, the recent arrest issued against popular satirist Dr. Bassem Youssef for allegedly insulting the presidency and Islam comes amid growing concerns about the state of press liberties and free speech in the unpredictable post-Mubarak era (April 5, 2013 Reuters; April 7, 2013 Financial Times; April 7, 2013 Al-Jazeera).