The Taliban has launched a series of coordinated attacks across the Afghan capital on Sunday, including an assault on the presidential palace, the Afghan Parliament and NATO headquarters. Most of the targets were in the city's diplomatic district, with western embassies and residences under fire. 32 insurgent fighters and two police officers were killed in the violence, while dozens more were injured. The military airport at Jalalabad in the east of the country has also been hit, while violence has been reported in two other provinces. The Taliban says the attacks were retaliation for the actions of US troops, including the burning of the Koran and the recent massacre of 17 Afghan civilians. To discuss the situation in Afghanistan RT talks to radio host and independent blogger Stephen Lendman.
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Adnan Rashid Responds to Richard Dawkins, AronRa & PZ Myers regarding Chance vs Design, Reason and Logic, Noah's Flood, Embryology and Islamic Sharia Law
WATCH: iERA engages with PZ Myers, AronRa & Richard Dawkins at the World Atheist Convention:
iERA engages with Prof. PZ Myers, AronRa, Maryam Namazie and Richard Dawkins at the World Atheist Convention in Dublin, Ireland, June 2011
Senior researcher and lecture Hamza Andreas Tzortzis challenges Professor PZ Myers on God's existence and the Qur'an. See 00:40
Hamza Andreas Tzortzis talks to AronRa on human intellect and thought. See 23:00
AronRa invites Hamza Andreas Tzortzis to The Magic Sandwich Show. See 28:25 - Watch this space!
Lecturer Adnan Rashid challenges Maryam Namazie on Islamic law. See 29:10
Hamza Andreas Tzortzis challenges Richard Dawkins on the fine-tuning of the universe.See 32:32
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This conversation was in progress for at least 10 minutes before I pulled out my camera, but here are the final 15 minutes before we all went back inside to watch the amazing Maryam Namazie, who told one of these Islamists to "sit down and shut up because I'm not finished speaking."
In this conversation, the Muslim men are arguing that the Qu'ran contains accurate scientific information that could only have been known via revelation. Note that at the beginning of the conversation, they do not know that PZ Myers is an embryologist.
YouTuber AronRa jumps in near the middle of the video.
Here's the Islamic explanation of how embryos form (bones first, then flesh)
Here's a substantial refutation to Professor Moore and comparison to Aristotle's explanation on embryo formation:
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Up to 90% of all Muslims follow the Sunni tradition, making it the largest branch of Islam. The name Sunni comes from the Arabic sunnah, meaning the custom or example of the prophet Muhammad. By the 10th century, Muslim theology was codified into the Sunni tradition.
But even before that time, there were splinter groups, and the largest of these was the Shia tradition. "Shia" comes from the Arabic phrase shi'at 'Ali, which means the partisans of Ali. Ali was the son-in-law and cousin of Muhammad, and Shias believe that he was the prophet's rightful successor. Ali ruled as the fourth caliph (leader) after Muhammad, but he was assassinated in 661.
The matter of leadership evolved into the Shia institution of the Imamate, a spiritual leader followers considered chosen by God. Ali was the first of the 12 most important Imams, and Shias regularly visit the shrines of the Imams. Sunnis have Imams too, but these men are more like prayer leaders and scholars, and they don't hold the same religious or political authority as Shia imams.
Shia also interpret some verses of the Quran (the holy book of Islam) differently than do Sunnis. Suffering and martyrdom are idealized more in Shia tradition than Sunni, and the sects hold varying views on divine justice and free will. Shia'ism has its own call to prayer, prayer forms, and ritual practices as well.
US soldier shoots dead 16 Afghan civilians (9 of them children). Among the dead was a young girl in a green and red dress who had been shot in the forehead. The bodies of other victims appeared partially burned. A villager claimed they had been wrapped in blankets and set on fire by the killer.
It is not the first time that US soldiers have intentionally killed Afghan civilians but the toll is unprecedented for a single soldier.
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A number of Afghan families are in mourning after a US soldier killed at least 16 civilians in a night-time shooting spree.
Women, children and elderly men are among the dead.
The man left his base in Kandahar province and entered people's homes in the early hours, apparently shooting people at random.
One reporter for the AFP news agency said he saw the bodies of ten people in one house alone, adding that they had been burned. Another five people were reportedly wounded.
NATO is investigating what it calls the 'deeply regrettable incident'. The soldier is said to have suffered a breakdown before the attack.
"All we know so far is that he left the base, he returned to the base after the incident, was taken into custody straightaway and the investigation is ongoing, which will include what was the reasoning and what were the circumstances of his doings," said General Carsten Jacobson, a spokesman for a NATO-led ISAF coalition in Afghanistan.
Anti-American feeling is already high after US soldiers burned a copy of the Koran last month, triggering widespread protests. Repeated apologies from US officials failed to prevent reprisals.
Washington has sent its 'sincere condolences' after the shootings