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Sanaa Seif – in support of Alaa Abd el-Fattah’s —You Have Not Yet Been Defeated— with Jackson Diehl

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Sanaa Seif is an Egyptian filmmaker, producer and political activist. Imprisoned three times under the Sisi regime, she is currently touring the US promoting her imprisoned brother, Alaa Abd el Fattah’s, newly published book, You Have Not Yet Been Defeated.


Alaa Abd el-Fattah is arguably the most high-profile political prisoner in Egypt, if not the Arab world, rising to international prominence during the revolution of 2011. A fiercely independent thinker who fuses politics and technology in powerful prose, an activist whose ideas represent a global generation which has only known struggle against a failing system, a public intellectual with the rare courage to offer personal, painful honesty, Alaa’s written voice came to symbolize much of what was fresh, inspiring and revolutionary about the uprisings that have defined the last decade. Collected here for the first time in English are a selection of his essays, social media posts and interviews from 2011 until the present. He has spent the majority of those years in prison, where many of these pieces were written. Together, they present not only a unique account from the frontline of a decade of global upheaval, but a catalogue of ideas about other futures those upheavals could yet reveal. From theories on technology and history to profound reflections on the meaning of prison, You Have Not Yet Been Defeated is a book about the importance of ideas, whatever their cost.

Jackson Diehl was deputy editorial page editor of The Washington Post until August 2021. In a 44-year career at The Washington Post, Diehl has been a foreign correspondent in South America, Europe and the Middle East, an assistant managing editor in charge of international coverage, and an editorial writer and columnist specializing in foreign affairs. From February 2001 until August 2021 he was deputy editorial page editor and helped to manage the Post’s editorial board and Opinions staff. He continues to work with the editorial board as an editor and advisor. He has received numerous awards for his work, including from the Overseas Press Club, Inter-American Press Association, Freedom House and the Project on Middle East Democracy. In 2011 he a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing for his work on the movement for democracy in Egypt. He was again a Pulitzer finalist in 2013 for his editorials on Syria. In 2019, his editorials on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi were part of a package of work by the Post that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Gold Medal for public service.

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