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
Berlin, Germany ( - The Group of Eight highly-industrialized nations has launched an initiative to enable selected underdeveloped countries to manufacture drugs to tackle diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.Access to such drugs is often limited because of their high cost.The G8 plan will supplement the 2003 initiative by President Bush to commit $15 billion over five years to fight HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in specified countries in Africa and the Caribbean.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is calling on Kenya's leaders to make compromises to stabilize a country that plays an important regional role in the U.S.-led anti-terrorism war.Rice visited the East African country on Monday to deliver a message from President Bush, who is visiting five African nations --Kenya not among them -- on his second trip to the continent.Bush earlier called on leaders here to consider forming a "grand coalition" to resolve the crisis triggered by a disputed election last December.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Berlin, Germany ( - Russia's opposition to a U.S. missile defense shield in Eastern Europe stems partly from what the Kremlin perceives as European governments' reneging on a post-Cold War agreement that limited military deployments across the continent, a security analyst said.Peter Zeihan, director of global analysis at the Texas-based private intelligence firm Stratfor, said Russia is not intimidated by the missile interceptors but is suspicious of western countries' intentions in placing them near Russian territory.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - A decision by the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee to approve an increase of funding for the fight against HIV-AIDS to $50 billion over five years has been welcomed by people working in the AIDS sector in Africa, where the deadly pandemic has been most costly.The bipartisan bill, which is expected to be debated in the House in March, drops an earlier provision that required specified amounts of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funding to be used for programs promoting abstinence from sex.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Berlin, Germany ( - European lawmakers are proposing measures to strengthen the fight against a vice that costs Western companies billions of dollars each year and is used by organized criminals to raise funds.Under legislation under consideration in the European Parliament, any infringement of intellectual property rights would be treated as a criminal offense and could carry a $240,000 fine and/or four years' imprisonment.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - A threat to bar Kenyan leaders from traveling to the United States was one of the main reasons why calm returned after an eruption of election-related violence early this year, according to U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Michael Ranneberger.Warnings of a visa ban "proved highly effective" in helping the East African country return to normalcy, the ambassador told Cybercast News Service in a Web chat interview.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Berlin, Germany ( - African governments must do more to tackle conflicts and human rights abuses on that continent if they want to benefit from globalization, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.Merkel, whose country chairs the Group of Eight (G8) leading industrialized nations, told African representatives meeting here that conflicts in Sudan and Somalia and human rights violations in Zimbabwe are affecting how the world views Africa and its ability to cooperate in socioeconomic development programs.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - Zimbabwe's security chiefs, including the heads of the army and police, have threatened not to recognize the outcome of the March 29 elections if President Robert Mugabe is defeated, prompting fears of a possible coup.African security analysts said the possibility of an army takeover if Mugabe loses is slim, but that if perceptions of unfair elections leads to violence -- as happened in Kenya earlier this year -- the military could act.And if it does, they say, the African Union would likely stand by and not intervene.