On the heels of the 5th anniversary of the January 25, 2011 revolution that overthrew Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and set Egypt down a tumultuous path to where we are now, the Egyptian Foreign Minister showed up in Washington, D.C. for a set of high-level meetings focused on Egypt's international worries. On the streets of Cairo, the January 25th anniversary came and went without protest, in no small part because of the un-democratic measures to prevent one. But from what we can tell U.S. policymakers missed an opportunity to engage the Foreign Minister on the status of the revolutionaries who are either dead, in prison, abroad, or forced into hiding under threat of becoming one of the above. While FM Sameh Shoukry might not be the one to hold to the fire on human rights issues domestically, especially because he brought a long list of valid and important foreign policy agenda items that the U.S. is pushing,  nonetheless were pleased to see FM Shoukry was not let off the hook entirely, evidenced by his repeated, irritated denial of human rights groups' claims of gross misconduct in regards to activists. These days you can't talk about Egypt without talking about the latest affront to personal freedoms; whether it's the list of disappeared people, the hampered freedom of the press, the mysterious and tragic case of the brutalized Italian student, or the protest law. The U.S. must continue to insist that we can walk and chew gum at the same time by supporting Egypt's military to fend off real threats AND pushing for the dignity the Egyptian people demanded in the first place.

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