Stephen is editor of The Kenyan Spectator, a national weekly publishing from Nairobi. His main areas of interest are foreign relations, security and democracy as well as economy and information technology.

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December 5, 2008, 5:16 AM EST
Kenyan soldiers raise flags of 13 African nations participating in the Eastern Africa Standby Brigade command post exercise in Nairobi on Nov. 24, 2008. (US Air Force Photo by Technical Sergeant Sam Rogers)
November 21, 2008, 6:09 AM EST
The Saudi supertanker Sirius Star remains under the control of Somali pirates while its owners work to ensure the release of the crew, the vessel and its $100 million cargo of crude oil. (AP Photo)
November 14, 2008, 4:57 AM EST
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, left, receives the Waki Report on post-election violence from Judge Philip Waki in Nairobi on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 as Prime Minister Raila Odinga, right, looks on. (AP Photo)
November 6, 2008, 4:35 AM EST
Kenyans watch TV news on U.S. presidential elections, in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008 (AP Photo)
November 3, 2008, 5:56 AM EST
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama addresses a rally on Sunday, Nov, 2, 2008, at the statehouse, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo)
September 18, 2008, 5:16 AM EDT
A power-sharing deal hammered out in Zimbabwe suggests that African-style democracy has more to do with rigged elections and power-sharing deals than it does with actual political reform.
August 8, 2008, 9:02 AM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( – Despite the negative associations tied to mercenaries, debate is stirring in Africa about whether the use of private soldiers should be formalized in a way that sidelines disreputable players but could also help to bring intractable conflicts to an end.  
August 1, 2008, 4:32 AM EDT
Elections are regarded as a sign of democracy and stability, but many Africans are pondering the risks they can pose to national harmony when the results are disputed.
July 11, 2008, 4:46 AM EDT
New research carried out in five Horn of Africa countries shows the threat posed by shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles remains high and recommends that urgent action be taken by governments to counter the menace.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - Twelve American tourists - three generations of one family - died in Kenya after their chartered plane crashed into Mount Kenya late Saturday. Two South African crewmembers also died in the crash, which is blamed on poor weather.Rescue officials from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Kenya police said they had recovered 11 bodies by late Sunday.KWS operations chief Thomas Gesongori told reporters here that the plane originated in South Africa and was bound for the Samburu National Park when it crashed and disintegrated.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - Africans should not expect any major changes in U.S. policies towards the continent if Sen. Barack Obama becomes the next American president, political analysts are cautioning as Africans celebrate his all-but-certain nomination.In Kenya, the home of Obama's late father, talk from the streets to government offices has been dominated by the issue, with many debating the possible benefits an Obama presidency could hold for Kenya and Africa.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - Recent shifts in African governments' positions on Zimbabwe are mirrored by growing criticism from ordinary Africans, angered by harassment of the opposition and President Robert Mugabe's efforts to hold onto power.In the run-up to Friday's controversial runoff presidential election, opinion among more and more Africans appears to have moved from one of relative support -- even a few months ago -- for Mugabe, a hero of the 1970s armed campaign to overthrow white minority rule in what was then called Rhodesia.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - For many Kenyans, the race for the Democratic nomination in the U.S. presidential election has sparked much greater-than-usual interest, partly because Barack Obama's father was a Kenyan.Commentators here say that in past American election cycles, Africans have been more interested in the presidential contest than the in the primaries."I think the last time I saw this kind of interest in the American electoral process was when [former President Bill] Clinton was going for his second term," said Jotham Kabuye, a Nairobi attorney.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - A shortage of genuine democracy in Africa will hamper the effectiveness of an African "standby force" being established to pre-empt conflicts and support peace efforts, a leading conflict management researcher here has warned.Mohammed Guyo, who heads the conflict management program at the Institute of Security Studies in Kenya, said the failure by some African countries to adhere to the rule of law may see the force being used on missions that do not benefit society.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - Under pressure from the international community and facing unspecified warnings from the United States, Kenya's political rivals Thursday agreed to a power-sharing deal to end a violent, two-month-old conflict.President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga, whose supporters accused Kibaki of rigging last December's election, agreed to a formula that appoints Odinga to the post of prime minister and allows for a shared cabinet.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - The head of the African Union has for the first time in the bloc's history broken its "see no evil" policy with regard to Zimbabwe -- a sign that the continent's leaders are losing patience with President Robert Mugabe's regime.The A.U. said armed attacks on opposition (Movement for Democratic Change) leaders and supporters in the capital, Harare, earlier this week were an embarrassment to the continent.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - The decision by a former finance minister and senior member of Zimbabwe's ruling party to challenge President Robert Mugabe in elections next month has caused a ripple of excitement in the cash-strapped southern African country.Simba Makoni pledged to defeat Mugabe in the March 29 election, ending a 28-year rule characterized in latter years by growing repression and economic collapse. He told a press conference in Harare that he was standing as an independent candidate.On Wednesday, the ruling ZANU-PF party expelled Makoni.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Berlin, Germany ( - Plans by the European Union to develop a system that will give law enforcement agencies access to DNA and other personal data of the bloc's citizens are raising privacy concerns but also being welcomed as a critical step in fighting terrorism and other crimes."It is an affront on personal privacy," said Peter Hustinx, who holds the title of European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - As President Bush begins a visit to Africa Friday, commentators say some of his administration's actions have had a constructive impact on relations, although skepticism remains, particularly in the field of security-related policies.Among the benefits seen are improved governance, education and projects helping AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis patients.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Berlin, Germany ( - Europe plans to introduce tighter border controls in the coming weeks in a bid to block illegal migration, identified by the United States as a major risk factor in terrorism threat here.German Federal Interior Minister Dr. Wolfgang Sch?uble said the country is using its presidency of the E.U. to improve operational capability of Frontex, the European Border Management Agency, to tighten security at the bloc's external borders.