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Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

It was nine years ago — the second or third attempt to quit being a lawyer — that I took a film director’s assistant course in Caracas. I have this image of my first day, arriving late, suited up with jacket and tie, surrounded by a small battalion of long-haired, Converse-wearing communications and film school students.

A rock band from Kabul wants to jam with Metallica

Apr 30, 2016

Which American heavy metal band is one of the biggest, most influential in the Middle East and Afghanistan? Yup, Metallica. 

And the band's popularity in the region plays a big role in a new feature film called "Radio Dreams."

In it, the members of Metallica are urged to jam with Afghanistan's first rock band, Kabul Dreams, at a radio station in San Francisco. 

Again, just to be clear, "Radio Dreams" is not a documentary. It's a fictional film.

Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

“They said I’d make a good lampshade,” says Julia Ioffe. Ioffe is a journalist, who happens to be Jewish, and who happened to write a profile of Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, for GQ. She has since been barraged with insults and threats, many of them violent, and many of them anti-Semitic.

Fadi Abou Hassan, Norway, Courtesy of <a href="">FadiToOn</a> &nbsp;

Iranian artist Atena Farghadani had been languishing in Evin Prison serving a 12-year-sentence for a 2014 cartoon she posted on Facebook that portrayed Iranian lawmakers as humans with the faces of monkeys and goats. 

The cartoon was mocking the members of Iran's parliament, who at the time were calling for bans on women acquiring birth control as a way to increase the population of Iran. But this week Farghadani's sentence was drasticasally reduced and she'll be eligible to be released in a few weeks.

Dave Kaup/Reuters

When Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced earlier this week that he was ending the state's participation in the federal refugee resettlement program, he likely wasn't thinking of refugees like Sonia Inamugisha.