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Adi Magazine ADI MAGAZINE is a new US-based literary journal rehumanizing policy. Adi is a Tamil word with three meanings: protest, intervention, and violence.

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A year after Kashmir was stripped of its special status, the latest issue of Adi -- Silence Is Not An Option -- examines...
08/05/2020
Kashmir: Silence Is Not An Option

A year after Kashmir was stripped of its special status, the latest issue of Adi -- Silence Is Not An Option -- examines the lived experience of occupation, state violence, and resistance.

A year after the siege.

Our new issue -- Kashmir: Silence Is Not An Option -- is here. Featuring essential words from Parvaiz Bukhari, Uzma Fala...
07/31/2020
Kashmir: Silence Is Not An Option

Our new issue -- Kashmir: Silence Is Not An Option -- is here.

Featuring essential words from Parvaiz Bukhari, Uzma Falak, Mohd Tahir Ganie, Syed Tajamul Imran, Mohamad Junaid, Nitasha Kaul, Hilal Mir, Nawal, Mirza Waheed, Masrat Zahra, Ather Zia, & more, and brilliant artwork by Suhail Naqshbandi.

A year after the siege.

Our new issue on #Kashmir, Silence Is Not An Option, is here. Featuring brave and brilliant dispatches, a year after the...
07/30/2020
Kashmir: Silence Is Not An Option

Our new issue on #Kashmir, Silence Is Not An Option, is here. Featuring brave and brilliant dispatches, a year after the siege.

A year after the siege.

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07/30/2020

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07/30/2020

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07/30/2020

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07/30/2020

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"I believe that when we are in relationship with each other, we influence each other. What matters to me, as the unit of...
06/08/2020
Mariame Kaba: Everything Worthwhile Is Done With Other People

"I believe that when we are in relationship with each other, we influence each other. What matters to me, as the unit of interest, is relationships."

Revisit and savor this ever-resonant conversation between Eve Ewing & Mariame Kaba on organizing, restorative justice, and liberation, from our first issue // Domestic Dissonance.

From Ella Baker to Septima Clark, history is rife with examples of Black women whose tremendous legacies in the world of political organizing are accompanied by a relative absence in the dominant narratives we tell ourselves about the times in which they lived. They say that fortune favors the bold

The idea of India is being ridiculed in our schools, where Modi is now taking over Nehru as our founding father and abus...
05/28/2020
Rana Ayyub: Reclaiming India from the Fascists

The idea of India is being ridiculed in our schools, where Modi is now taking over Nehru as our founding father and abusing Nehru and Gandhi has become a fashionable new phenomenon."

In our latest issue, TERROR IN SOUTH ASIA, read intrepid journalist RanaAyyub, in conversation with Adi editor Meara Sharma, on Hindu nationalism and the rewriting of history in India.

The investigative journalist on the rise of Hindu nationalism, anti-Muslim carnage, and rewriting history.

To have been born here and lived here, and to have gone back and forth, and then to have been gone, and now not to be go...
05/11/2020
The Vortex Of Formidable Sparkles: Six Poems

To have been born here and lived here, and to have gone back and forth, and then to have been gone, and now not to be gone. /

Like an obedient child, but also mercury.

Poems by Bhanu Kapil in our latest issue, Terror in South Asia:

Today was about everything rotting and exploding.

"Our bodies are dead matter breathed briefly into life. We can choose to be grateful for how we carry these unknown dead...
04/27/2020
Stranger Kinships

"Our bodies are dead matter breathed briefly into life. We can choose to be grateful for how we carry these unknown dead within us, for the life they give us."

Fathima Cader writes about the shadow presence of war in Stranger Kinships // Adi Issue 3: Terror in South Asia:

Moving between Sri Lanka and New York, the shadow-presence of war and the dead, known and unknown, we carry within us.

"Clarity in war is a reductive indulgence for those who can find moral perches off the battlefield; the sites of actual ...
04/22/2020
Hybrid Regime

"Clarity in war is a reductive indulgence for those who can find moral perches off the battlefield; the sites of actual conflict are always gray zones."

In the latest issue of Adi, Nazish Brohi explores hybridity and the art of shadowboxing with the Pakistani state.

https://adimagazine.com/articles/hybrid-regime/

In Pakistan, democracy requires a suspension of disbelief.

"What does a land think when its people are imprisoned in their homes; when all is made to fall silent? Does the land pr...
04/20/2020
Listening Through the Silence in Kashmir

"What does a land think when its people are imprisoned in their homes; when all is made to fall silent? Does the land pray, or does it curse?

Ather Zia on repression and resistance in Kashmir, in Adi's new issue, TERROR IN SOUTH ASIA.

In Kashmir, accustomed to lockdown, resistance emanates from within.

Adi's new issue, Terror in South Asia, is here. Check it out at adimagazine.com
04/16/2020

Adi's new issue, Terror in South Asia, is here. Check it out at adimagazine.com

In isolation, we are reminded that the violence we endure in our societies and in our bodies connects us—unveils the oth...
04/16/2020
Issue 3

In isolation, we are reminded that the violence we endure in our societies and in our bodies connects us—unveils the other worlds that are possible.

Adi's new issue, Terror in South Asia, is here.

Featuring writers from across the region and the diaspora.

A crisis sits heavy, settling atop the shaky structures of society. Under its cover, the state extends its reach. At first a strong arm is tolerated, deemed necessary. But then the story grows familiar. The cracks blow open. The realities of inequality set in at the bottom. The poor are abandoned;

Adi's issue 2 playlist is a strange and wonderful mix of songs chosen by our contributors... check it out!
02/08/2020
A Soundtrack To Issue 2

Adi's issue 2 playlist is a strange and wonderful mix of songs chosen by our contributors... check it out!

We asked each contributor to Adi’s winter issue to select a song that resonates with their piece. Enjoy these tunes as you make your way through Issue 2: Freedom of Movement!

"A fight after a coma is the most dangerous kind." In a new short story, Libyan writer Najwa Bin Shatwan concocts a sati...
02/07/2020
Where Are You Running To This Evening? By Najwa Bin Shatwan

"A fight after a coma is the most dangerous kind."

In a new short story, Libyan writer Najwa Bin Shatwan concocts a satirical tale of a lion in Benghazi fleeing bombardment.

The lion’s great-grandfather hadn’t bombarded our brains with roaring claims of his absolute rule of Libya, the way every kind of Libyan is doing these days.

"I think the real terrorism in Yemen is poverty and corruption." Afrah Nasser on covering Yemen in exile, in Adi Issue 2...
02/06/2020
Afrah Nasser: For the Sake of the Sun

"I think the real terrorism in Yemen is poverty and corruption." Afrah Nasser on covering Yemen in exile, in Adi Issue 2 / Freedom of Movement

The Yemeni journalist on chronicling catastrophe in exile.

In "Against the Drums of Death," Sujatha Fernandes critiques the stunted gaze of the media on Venezuela, illuminating a ...
02/05/2020
Against the Drums of Death By Sujatha Fernandes

In "Against the Drums of Death," Sujatha Fernandes critiques the stunted gaze of the media on Venezuela, illuminating a grassroots resistance that belies the notion of a vanquished socialism.

In Venezuela, listening to the pulse of grassroots resistance belying the notion of a vanquished socialism.

Our latest issue is an invitation to interrogation freedom -- a slippery concept, as much a political buzzword as it is ...
02/04/2020
Issue 2

Our latest issue is an invitation to interrogation freedom -- a slippery concept, as much a political buzzword as it is a righteous objective, as susceptible to cooptation as it is central to the human spirit. Read these words.

Adi’s second issue, Freedom of Movement, arrives amid ricocheting rage, in Iraq, Chile, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Iran, Colombia, and beyond. While distinct in their tactics and aims, the protests unfolding across the globe share grievances—inequality, corruption, political oppression—that

As oppressive policies are enacted around the world, Adi's latest issue -- FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT -- offers vital counter-n...
12/23/2019
Issue 2

As oppressive policies are enacted around the world, Adi's latest issue -- FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT -- offers vital counter-narratives. Read.

Adi’s second issue, Freedom of Movement, arrives amid ricocheting rage, in Iraq, Chile, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Iran, Colombia, and beyond. While distinct in their tactics and aims, the protests unfolding across the globe share grievances—inequality, corruption, political oppression—that

"There was a Saudi diplomat at the UN who was stopped by a journalist. He was asked something like, 'When are you going ...
12/20/2019
Afrah Nasser: For the Sake of the Sun

"There was a Saudi diplomat at the UN who was stopped by a journalist. He was asked something like, 'When are you going to stop bombing Yemen?' The Saudi diplomat started laughing and said: 'What a strange question. It’s like you asking me, When are you going to stop beating your wife?'"

Researcher and journalist Afrah Nasser on the reverberations of violence in Yemen, in Adi issue 2 / Freedom of Movement.

The Yemeni journalist on chronicling catastrophe in exile.

"She shows me what hands become, when they release fear and greed. She shows me what hands can do when they channel know...
12/19/2019
What Her Hands Do By Shailja Patel

"She shows me what hands become, when they release fear and greed. She shows me what hands can do when they channel knowledge with no barrier. Her hands? Are what it looks like to live without hesitation, without withholding. "

Shailja Patel, Kenyon poet in exile, in Adi issue 2 / Freedom of Movement.

I will never forget how her hands cut melody lines out of air, sharp and precise as a tailor turned sword-warrior.

"The lion’s great-grandfather hadn’t bombarded our brains with roaring claims of his absolute rule of Libya, the way eve...
12/18/2019
Where Are You Running To This Evening? By Najwa Bin Shatwan

"The lion’s great-grandfather hadn’t bombarded our brains with roaring claims of his absolute rule of Libya, the way every kind of Libyan is doing these days."

Najwa Bin Shatwan's delicious story of intervention and escape, in Adi issue 2 / Freedom of Movement.

The lion’s great-grandfather hadn’t bombarded our brains with roaring claims of his absolute rule of Libya, the way every kind of Libyan is doing these days.

"The mounting visual barrage of hunger, poverty, and dying Venezuelans is deemed stark evidence of a dying socialism. Th...
12/17/2019
Against the Drums of Death By Sujatha Fernandes

"The mounting visual barrage of hunger, poverty, and dying Venezuelans is deemed stark evidence of a dying socialism. The project is moribund. The only outcome of equality can be starvation."
Sujatha Fernandes critiques the stunted gaze of the media on Venezuela, revealing the pulse of grassroots resistance, in Adi issue 2: Freedom of Movement.

In Venezuela, listening to the pulse of grassroots resistance belying the notion of a vanquished socialism.

"It was as if the surveillance apparatus of the Siad Barre regime had been dismantled and transported to London."In Adi'...
12/16/2019
In Somalia, the Horizon was the Mutable Limit By Nadifa Mohamed

"It was as if the surveillance apparatus of the Siad Barre regime had been dismantled and transported to London."
In Adi's FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT issue, Nadifa Mohamed contemplates the uneasy tensions between freedom and security for a traumatized nation.

What does individual choice matter to a country that still holds the smoldering embers that could spark another conflict?

Issue 2 -- FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT -- is here. Amid ricocheting around the world, we interrogate what it means to be free. F...
12/11/2019

Issue 2 -- FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT -- is here.

Amid ricocheting around the world, we interrogate what it means to be free.

Featuring women writers on the seven nations banned by the Trump Administration: https://adimagazine.com/issues/issue-2/

Issue 2 is here! Check it out at adimagazine.com
12/11/2019

Issue 2 is here! Check it out at adimagazine.com

Adi's second issue -- on political freedom -- launches this week! If you're in LA, come to our launch event this Thursda...
12/09/2019
ADI Magazine Launch

Adi's second issue -- on political freedom -- launches this week! If you're in LA, come to our launch event this Thursday December 12th, in collaboration with Guernica Magazine, Freeman's Journal, and the LA Review of Books.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adi-magazine-launch-tickets-82834455085

Join us for readings from political writers, published in Guernica Magazine, Freeman's Journal and Adi Magazine Co-Sponsored by LARB

Welfare reform, writes Melissa Chadburn, "took the deep-set American idea that help renders people weak, that the poor s...
11/15/2019
The Cold Violence of Compliance

Welfare reform, writes Melissa Chadburn, "took the deep-set American idea that help renders people weak, that the poor should just pull themselves up by their bootstraps—and baked it into policy."

Adi Magazine / Domestic Dissonance

My mom was pregnant at 18, divorced at 22. Free again, or finally and at once, at 37. I grew up in California in the early ’80s in the time of single mothers. We were latchkey kids, or sometimes my mom would swap with another parent and agree to pick me and another kid up from school, but almost

"In an America where Muslims have an entrenched position as the devils within, and a world where veils are banned and bu...
11/13/2019
Weaponized Bodies

"In an America where Muslims have an entrenched position as the devils within, and a world where veils are banned and burkinis are forcibly removed, do anti-FGM campaigns provide cover for yet another invasion of the bodies of Muslim women?"

Rafia Zakaria on the distortion of anti-FGM campaigns and new incursions into citizenship, in Adi Magazine / Domestic Dissonance

Female Genital Mutilation as a pretext for exclusion

"So now, to retain a military edge means deploying and training forces that are not within your constitutional command s...
11/12/2019
Candace Rondeaux: How Injustice Should Inform Policy

"So now, to retain a military edge means deploying and training forces that are not within your constitutional command structure. You need that, because if they are in your constitutional command structure, you’re responsible for their behavior. And if you’re responsible for their behavior, the political blowback can be quite significant for you as a leader."

Security analyst Candace Rondeaux on the changing face of proxy warfare, in Adi Magazine/ Domestic Dissonance

Candace Rondeaux’s trajectory seems to align uncannily with the major pivots of recent history. She learned Russian in the midst of the Cold War; found journalism with 9/11; became a policy analyst at the height of the US war in Afghanistan. But the transitions in Rondeaux’s career are also a t

"Do we debate the merits of the detained or the powers of the jailer? The difference is much like reading redacted docum...
11/02/2019
Hand of Terror

"Do we debate the merits of the detained or the powers of the jailer?

The difference is much like reading redacted documents; it is a matter of reading past or through the mysteries, on deciding which way to cast our gaze."

Michelle García, Adi issue 1 / Domestic Dissonance

We were not supposed to know about the man shivering on the floor, curled up like a baby. The incident was meant to remain concealed, along with another incident in the same room, where a man was found on the floor next to a pile of hair, hair that he yanked out of his head in agony from the heat.

"We were all, every one of us, desperate to breathe in the world. To have sex and write our names on sh*t and eat our mo...
10/31/2019
The Cold Violence of Compliance

"We were all, every one of us, desperate to breathe in the world. To have sex and write our names on sh*t and eat our mother’s cooking, and get some kind of big dope recognition for something, to holler back at the world."

From Melissa Chadburn's "The Cold Violence of Compliance" // Adi issue 1

My mom was pregnant at 18, divorced at 22. Free again, or finally and at once, at 37. I grew up in California in the early ’80s in the time of single mothers. We were latchkey kids, or sometimes my mom would swap with another parent and agree to pick me and another kid up from school, but almost

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