The only movie made in Afghanistan this year was directed by a woman, who says she cast herself when the original actress's feet were cut off by the Taliban. At the premiere in Kabul, some were slightly more skeptical.
• As expected, the French Assembly has indeed voted in favor of banning the full facial veil in public spaces; the measure extends to both burqas and niqabs. The bill is expected to be ratified by the Senate in September.
• Smith's graduating class of 2010 are a lucky bunch: Rachel Maddow will be coming to the Massachusetts school to receive an honorary degree and give the commencement address. •
In response to the rape of an 8-year-old girl from Arizona, CNN delves into the terrible facts about rape in Liberia. "It's something that happens every day in every community in Liberia," said Tania Bernath of Amnesty International.
In Bamian, a "peaceful corner" of Afghanistan, women are driving cars, working in public offices and police stations. There is even a female governor, the first and only one in Afghanistan. But according to the New York Times, this province is unique. Even though the Taliban fell more than six years ago, women in…