Never-ending traumas in South Sudan

My book review in the Los Angeles Review of Books: Next Time They’ll Come to Count the Dead:… War And Survival in South Sudan By Nick Turse Published 05.03.2016 Haymarket Books 220 Pages South Sudan is a country that almost everybody shamefully forgets. Declared independent in 2011, and still the world’s newest nation, it was engulfed…

Finalist in the 2016 Kurt Schork Memorial Fund Awards in International Journalism

I’m honoured to be a finalist in the… 2016 Kurt Schork Memorial Fund Awards in International Journalism for my reporting in 2015/2016 from South Sudan and Afghanistan: Four Nigerian Journalists made the short list of 16 in the 2016 Kurt Schork Memorial Fund Awards in International Journalism: Freelance category– James Harkin (Ireland), Antony Loewenstein (Australia), Jeong…

China/Africa Project interview on Chinese relations with South Sudan

I lived for much of 2015 in South Sudan, a country undergoing a violent, post-independence period. I was recently interviewed by the great China/Africa Project on China’s relations with South Sudan: Nowhere else in Africa do China’s financial, diplomatic and geopolitical interests confront as much risk as they do in South Sudan.… Beijing has invested billions…

South Sudan's death spiral

My feature in the Australian literary journal Overland: Flying into Bentiu, a town in northern South Sudan, is unnerving. The front of a broken plane, cockpit windows smashed, sits close to the dusty airstrip; long green grass sprouts around the cracked fuselage. Soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), a former guerrilla movement and…

Rolling Stone interview about disaster capitalism

I’ve been interviewed by US Rolling Stone magazine by journalist Elisabeth Garber-Paul: Australian journalist Antony Loewenstein recently made the 30-hour trip from South Sudan to New York City after spending the better part of a year in the world’s newest nation, which he calls both “broken” and “a pretty fascinating place.” “It’s easily dismissed as…

Some home truths about dictatorial South Sudan

My following letter was published this week in South Sudan’s newest newspaper, The National Today, and the editors both published my photo without permission or accreditation and edited out my criticisms of the country’s brutish government. Furthermore, some of the edits below don’t make sense but I’ll leave them in for your reading pleasure. Welcome…

How Israel tests weapons on Palestinians then sells to the world

Israel sells weapons to some of the most repressive nations on earth, a policy that has existed for decades.… Itay Mack, a Jerusalem-based human rights lawyer and activist, tells Haaretz about his campaign to bring more transparency to the process. The Jewish state’s relationship with South Sudan is particularly… murky. Mack explains: According to reports of international…