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Interview and Book Review: “Pieces to Peace”

Often times, in the modern world, stories of survival, triumph, and ultimate victories over heavy odds help inspire us to reach within ourselves to accomplish our own long-term goals and objectives. The dreams which weigh on us as days turn to weeks, turn to months, turn to years may seem more and more unattainable as the sheer weight of their growing burden on our conscience makes them seem like distant fantasy or even worse, childish aspirations that no longer apply in the adult world where we must earn a living to support ourselves and our family.

For those of us who are first or second generation immigrants in the West, this same path is riddled with a multitude of pitfalls, diversions and distractions, and difficult challenges as we try to stay true to who are from our inherited backgrounds to the values we develop in our interactions with the world we live in.

Laila Rashidie, or Laila Re, is a uniquely gifted poet and activist based out of Toronto. Her first published book of poetry, “Pieces to Peace” is an eye-opening and inspiring work that gives us a view into what it was like to grow up as an immigrant Afghan girl becoming a woman in a new, rapidly changing world, going from confusion to hope and from disillusion to confidence and perseverance.

Knowing Laila, as we do, here at Mouqawamah Music, we acknowledge and appreciate her contributions in the activist community as an organizer and a connector who is staunch in her support of immigrants, women and social justice. She has traversed a difficult and arduous path, embraced her struggle and become stronger as an activist and a woman along the way, inspiring others to follow their own dreams.

Her “Pieces to Peace” is both emotionally charged and visually descriptive. Throughout the short but potent work, we navigate along with her as she develops her unique identity in this new world, encountering excitement, wonder, love, pain, heartbreak, sadness, and hope to fulfillment. We are there with her as she opens to love, experiences the pain of loss and begins the process of healing in self-discovery.

We recently spoke to Laila about “Pieces to Peace” and the following is an excerpt from that interview:

How did your creative process change for you when you decided to publish a whole book of poetry?

I actually made sure the creative process that I had prior to the conception of the book idea didn’t change my essence or purpose. I was writing poetry on my blog “Bella Eshq” since April of 2013 as a creative outlet, the poetry book idea came to be in January 2014 through a former mentor after he read my poems. He is the first person who encouraged and supported me to put together all of my poems in one piece to self-publish. He guided me on the structure of the book, which was to have at least 100 poems. I would say my creative process became more disciplined in terms of making more time to write and taking my purpose more seriously. I felt really encouraged but I also never expected the book to happen, I just went with it organically. My mentor believed it was really important to share my art with the world and give my experiences too because there are many souls struggling like mine. I had doubts and questioned if I wanted to even reveal my personal life but it’s a sacrifice I believe I made for the better.

It took a whole year to finally have it published; it is 117 poems in total in chronological order from April 2013 to July 2014. Initially, I was trying to write a novel titled “From Pieces, To Peace.” However, I was so immersed in my healing process through poetry, I was writing poems regardless with or without the book idea. I wasn’t able to write that novel during that time because I was consumed by several internal conflicts that I resolved through those poems on that blog. The name of the blog means Beautiful Love, when I first started the blog I was a total emotional wreck so I was trying to really become a beautiful love. My pen name at that time was Bella Eshq and also Laila Love. I feel like I’m ready to work on that novel now, now that I have more self-love, clarity and peace of mind. I mostly write shorter poems now on my Instagram. (@lailarepoetry)

You reveal a lot of the difficulties and your vulnerabilities being an Afghan growing up in Canada. What have you learned from all these experiences about yourself, and about life?

I’ve learned that I am home wherever I am and I need to be at peace with that. I, like most Afghans, have some degree of constant sadness due to being suddenly displaced from our native land. Even though I escaped when I was a toddler, those were my roots linguistically, religiously and culturally besides ancestrally. I always thought as a child that I was temporarily living in Canada and returning with my family one day. I think many of us are going to get hit hard with the reality that we will be raising more new generations in our new nations. Afghanistan is still a war zone and at war after 4 decades. That reality hit me hard when my mother passed away from cancer in December of 2010. I have come to accept that this is home now, which was really depressing. I still and always will feel like I was cut off from a beautiful civilization and history. We are the first generation in millions to have had to flee Afghanistan. We’re all learning as we go day by day how to settle, adapt and “integrate” for the long and permanent term but still preserve and respect our roots. That’s the limbo that creates the instability and the chaos in me growing up in Canada. I feel like I was not letting myself grow or change cause of this guilt of betraying or compromising what it means to be a true Afghan or Muslim. However, I learnt that I am in constant growth and so is culture. We are all walking contradictions and that is okay. If I make mistakes, that is okay, I am learning. I can only live my truth. We cannot be boxed into labels; culture and society is what we make of it. We are humans living under multiple labels, as well with labels that are opposites of each other. That’s reality, and that’s what it means to be human; both simple and complex. I’m okay with all of this, life really doesn’t promise us anything but death. There can be miracles but not always mercy. Life owes us nothing, so I have to be and create my own happiness and love. Writing is me just being proactive artistically with my growth. I’ve been growing with every poem about who I am and what life is.

There is a vastness and depth to the feelings and emotions communicated in “Pieces to Peace.” There is a lot more to the story and we can’t help but feel that this book of poetry is the first saga in a meaningful lifelong path. We anticipate being one of first outlets to support and promote her work in the future and highly recommend the first chapter in what promises to be a brilliant tapestry.

Stay in touch with Laila Re as she continues her journey:

Instagram: @lailarepoetry

Facebook: PiecesToPeace

Blog: Bella Eshq

Website: http://www.lailare.com

Classical Mouqawamah Music? Ukrainian Pianist Gets Show Cancelled for ‘Offensive’ Tweets

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to Mouqawamah Music co-founder and Jazz guitarist extraordinaire Trevor LaBonte for bringing this remarkable story to my attention. There are several degrees of horrifying Jewish Orwellianism at work here. The first and most glaringly obvious point to be made is that if Valentina Lisitsa was tweeting against Russian President Vladimir Putin and singing the praises of the Kiev coup regime, she would undoubtedly be lionized by the Jewish Mainstream Media’s echo chamber until her name was ringing in the globe’s four corners. Secondly, if Lisitsa’s performance was to be cancelled in the wake of the aforementioned hypothetical Russophobic tweets, the Jewish Mainstream Media would subsequently go on a rampage about Vladimir Putin’s “octopus-like” influence reaching Western shores and the necessity of measures being taken immediately to stop him by any means possible; more sanctions would be placed on Moscow and more arms would flow to the Maidan putsch gang. Lisitsa for her part would be portrayed as a “free speech martyr” on the front lines of the growing information war between the “democratic” West and a “resurgent, recalcitrant, expansionist Russia”. And the last, but certainly not least important question to ask, is, why is there such an outrage over this ultra-talented Ukrainian pianist bashing Neo-Nazi thugs targeting ethnic Russians and Russian-speaking Ukrainians in the Donbass? It is not a matter of debate that the “Nazi Germany was evil incarnate” line routinely churned out by the Zionist media, Hollywood and other like-similar organs is the very crux of the Jewish New World Order. Any leader that has ever fallen out of favor with International Jewry or outright righteously resisted it gets branded with the “Hitler” tag and their nation is painted with the “yet another Nazi Germany has risen” brush, from Stalin to Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the late Hugo Chavez to Dr. Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei in Iran. So again, when the aim of World Zionism is to keep the imaginary threat of “Nazism” at the forefront of public consciousness, why did the Canadian wing of the Jewish Power Configuration go after this musician for ostensibly doing a whole ‘lotta “Nazi” bashing? The answer is as simple as it is deep and introspective. Valentina Lisitsa was targeted primarily because the Neo-Nazi forces being combated by the Novorossiya Resistance — which, for the record, has had no problem pointing out the unspoken but widely-known secret of the Kiev coup regime’s Jewishness — are quite literally the shock troops of the Jewish oligarchs running the show in Kiev. Neo-Nazism is a warped, Judeocentric caricature of the Liberationist-Japan-aligned German National Socialism that, all its faults taken into consideration, bravely resisted the quadripartite assault of the Rothschilds, America, Britain and the Jewish-controlled Soviet Union during WW2. For decades, the Mossad, CIA, FBI and other intelligence arms of Zio-Imperialism have used Neo-Nazis to achieve geopolitical objectives across multiple continents on the one hand, and to keep the planet’s population utterly confused about what National Socialism actually was on the other. Bottom line is that Lisitsa crossed the line that no Gentile, let alone brilliant Gentile musicians and artists, can ever cross: Bashing the schemes of the Jews and the puppets of the Jews in public. We are to be quiet and accept our enslavement; if we are hired to entertain, we shall do just that and never offer our opinions on things that matter; we are not to delve into historical matters that the globe holders have long wanted dead and buried, only to be utilized for their own cynical aim of maintaining their political and financial hegemony; we are not to stand with the men and women resisting this Judaic-Shaytanic Empire in conflict zones worldwide — be they in Eastern Ukraine, Syria, Yemen, occupied Palestine, occupied Kashmir, Iraq or elsewhere — we should merely watch them burn in the fires exacerbated by what the Jewish and Shabbos Goy ‘elite’ have deemed their own futile rejectionism; we are to be quiet and accept our enslavement, forever enduring a globally erected caste system far more perverted than what the Hindutvadi regime currently runs in India, where “The Chosen” live as kings and we “Goyim” live as their servants. Thank you sister Valentina Lisitsa for resisting this madness. Thank you sister Valentina Lisitsa for refusing to be silent. Keep playing those keys as beautifully as you do and long live the struggle of Novorossiya! Who knew that the music of mouqawamah, already firmly entrenched in Hip-Hop and Jazz, had a classical charter as well. ~ Jonathan Azaziah)
Continue reading Classical Mouqawamah Music? Ukrainian Pianist Gets Show Cancelled for ‘Offensive’ Tweets

Sayyed Nasrallah Salutes Yemen’s Steadfastness: Time to Tell Saudis Enough!

by Sara Taha Moughnieh, Al-Manar

Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah reiterated Friday Hezbollah’s full support to the Yemeni people in the face of the barbaric Saudi-US aggression on Yemen, reassuring that even if it took some time, the Yemenis will eventually triumph due to their courage and steadfastness. Continue reading Sayyed Nasrallah Salutes Yemen’s Steadfastness: Time to Tell Saudis Enough!

Madd Cold – Feelin’ Like A Houthi

by Madd Cold (Jonathan Azaziah)

Sandals on our feet, daggers in our belt/We ain’t come to the world and start nagging it for help/Six wars we have endured and when the Saudis came, we proudly blazed ‘em alone, hammered ‘em and staggered ‘em, they knelt/They learned the consequences of daring to mess with the Houthis, we ain’t gonna have it in our realm/Left Saada a horror, there ain’t no winning lottery, it’s destitution/So you better believe we fought back properly for retribution/ Discriminated against and disenfranchised/“Tools of Iran”? Who you trying to fool, only stooge here is you, of the yahoud, so quit your damn lies/Telling you now Riyadh, hegemony is over with/Yemen was never a piece of real estate that you could just maintain endlessly in ownership/Defy your disease, our Remedy is Ultimate (SWT)/

HOOK (2x)
Stand up if you’re feelin’ like a Houthi
Your coalition of cowards, it doesn’t move me
Our resistance, that’s why you lose sleep
We’ll defeat Sahyouni Saudi Continue reading Madd Cold – Feelin’ Like A Houthi

Madd Cold – I Ain’t Charlie

by Madd Cold (Jonathan Azaziah)

Mossad did it let’s get it outta the way/More obvious than gray skies on the cloudiest day/ Takfiris are the very scoundrels you pay/So like “Death to Israel!”, “I Ain’t Charlie!” loudly and proudly we say/Muslims would die for our Prophet but your filth is just a cartoon?/Well, what they ain’t telling you when you go whaling, sometimes you get the catch, and other times you catch the harpoon/So no, I don’t feel sorry for y’all/When you never gave a shit about our Brown and Black bodies at all/Look how many in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen you deaded/But you hold superior morality ‘cause you defend the wenches in Femen?/Right to insult Muhammad and Christ are forever embedded?/But exposing Jewish wealth and power is “anti-Semitic”? Pathetic!/ Continue reading Madd Cold – I Ain’t Charlie

Rise and Trevolt Entry 3: Redundancy and Oxymorons of World Jewry’s New World Order

by Trevor LaBonte (Mouqawamah Music Exclusive)

RISE AND TREVOLT ENTRY 3

Why don’t we have a Christian Voice For Peace, or a Muslim Voice for Peace? The terms are redundant because every true Christian or true Muslim is automatically not just a voice but a force for peace.

And no Christian or Muslim in his right mind would ever believe that Jesus – a man who opposed the the Zionists of his day – would have supported a genocidal, usurping Jewish state.

But the term “Jewish Voice for Peace” is the opposite of redundant. It is an oxymoron. Continue reading Rise and Trevolt Entry 3: Redundancy and Oxymorons of World Jewry’s New World Order

Sayyed Hashim al-Haidari: Only Iran helped prevent fall of Iraq to ISIS

36 years after the revolution, Iran here is to stay

by Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Al-Monitor

The Iranian nation toppled the US-backed Pahlavi regime in 1979, ending virtually 2,500 years of monarchical rule, and will see nationwide rallies on Feb. 11, the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. In the 36 years since mass protests deposed the monarchy in Iran, the country has struggled with immense challenges. After the Islamic Republic’sestablishment by way of a popular referendum, Iran endured a period of chaotic instability, with various armed factions seeking to undermine the nascent government.

Amid this volatility, Iran was invaded by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, whose army was supported by most global powers and against whose aggression Iranians of all walks of life defended their country. After the devastatingly costly war — during which hundreds of thousands of Iranians and Iraqis died, many under the barrage of Saddam’s chemical weapons — the country started the arduous process of attempting to rebuild. Continue reading 36 years after the revolution, Iran here is to stay

Archbishop Atallah Hanna: We Palestinian Christians say Allahu Akbar

by Nadezhda Kevorkova, Russia Today

The only Palestinian Orthodox Christian bishop in the Holy Land speaking about the suffering of Palestinian Christians, their unity with Muslims in the Palestinian struggle, about Orthodox Christian martyrs, and Ukraine.

Archbishop Sebastia Theodosios (Atallah Hanna), 49, is the only Orthodox Christian archbishop from Palestine stationed in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, while all other bishops of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem are Greeks. The Israeli authorities had detained him several times, or stopped him at the border, and taken away his passport. Among all Jerusalem clergymen he is the only one who has no privilege of passing through the VIP gate in the airport – because of his nationality. “For the Israeli authorities, I am not a bishop, but rather a Palestinian,” explains his Beatitude. When talking on the phone he says a lot of words you would normally hear from a Muslim: “Alhamdulillah, Insha’Allah, Masha’Allah”. He speaks Arabic, and the Arabic for ‘god’ is Allah, whether you are a Christian or a Muslim. Continue reading Archbishop Atallah Hanna: We Palestinian Christians say Allahu Akbar

Iran’s Suleimani Pays Tribute to Hizbullah’s Quneitra Martyrs

Commander of the Iranian Al-Quds Brigades, Major General Qassem Suleimani paid tribute to Hezbollah martyrs who fell in the Israeli aerial aggression on Syria’s Quneitra. Continue reading Iran’s Suleimani Pays Tribute to Hizbullah’s Quneitra Martyrs