Andrew Collins

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Afghanistan officials sanctioned murder, torture and rape, says report

Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP<p>Hamid Karzai accepts the Freedom award from the International Rescue Committee in New York, 2002. The president said he would make security his first priority after he came to …

Human Rights

Did the CIA Really Get a “Bum Rap” on Torture?

Last week, David Cole, the Hon. George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center, the co-chairman of the …

Senate Intelligence Committee

‘Torture in Europe prisons feeds terror’

<b>The European Union (EU)’s top human rights watchdog has warned that torture at the hands of European police and prison officers is feeding the threat</b> …

Council of Europe

12 beautiful portraits of Black identity

“What are you?” they’d ask, head tilted and eyes squinted.<p>“Black,” I’d reply.<p>“No…but like, what else are you? I know it’s not all black.”<p>So went a …

My Afro-Latina Identity Is a Gift... But I Didn't Always Feel This Way

The first time I was called a "nigger," it was by white Latinos. I was 8 years old.<p>The memory is really painful and defining. Back in the 1970s there wasn't a name for what I was. I was a kid whose mom was a light-skinned Dominican and whose dad was a darker-skinned Jamaican.<p>I was darker than both …

'Girlhood' a fresh coming-of-age drama from France

With so much media focus on Oscar-nominated features, it is easy to overlook newly arrived foreign-language films such as the outstanding "Girlhood," playing for another week at the Sundance Sunset in Los Angeles. Beautifully observed, precisely directed and acted with wonderful conviction, this …

I am an undocumented immigrant, but I'm a better American than those who spat on me because of my race

When I was in the first grade, I learned I wasn’t white.<p>It was African-American History Month, and my teacher – at one of the many “failing” elementary schools in the Atlanta metro area – instructed us, as part of some poorly-conceived exercise, to raise our hands when she called out our race. I …

An Illustrative Identity of Fashion and Style Throughout African-American History and Movements

Fashion, throughout history, has created an illustrative identity within African-American history. Fashion is a statement and speaks volumes with little to no words. Within the black community, everything from cloth to churches to the forming of political movements (The Black Panther Party) and …

How Do Young Aussies Respond When Asked To Describe Themselves?

As the description on the <b>1DENTITIES</b> tumblr, where the accompanying images are collected for your perusal, reads: “Our identity is everything. It is …

9 Things I Wish People Would Stop Saying About My Black Children

Image via Shutterstock<p>Since we adopted our children, all of whom are black, we’ve been confronted by white people seeking to prove to us how …

On Being a Black Male, Six Feet Four Inches Tall, in America in 2014

<i>Just like Michael Brown, comedian and commentator W. Kamau Bell is six feet four inches tall. And he knows it.</i><p>I am afraid of the cops. Absolutely petrified of the cops. Now understand, I’ve never been arrested or held for questioning. I’ve never been told that I “fit the description.” But that …

“Are you not Chinese?”: Reassessing my Chinese identity in China

<i>I pissed all over the floor. Argh, squat toilets. Two Chinese girls who went in afterwards burst out laughing.</i><p><i>There has got to be nothing more</i> …