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 ( - A report charging that the Pentagon's proposed new U.S. Africa Command will be used to train militaries in West Africa's oil triangle so they can protect the resource on behalf of America has been dismissed here as baseless.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - Analysts in Kenya are debating whether their country, an ally of the United States in the campaign against terror, could shift direction if December presidential elections are won by a candidate who enjoys strong support among Muslims.Opinion polls show opposition candidate Raila Odinga has come from behind to lead the race against incumbent President Mwai Kibaki, who has been in power since 2003 and is seeking a second and final five-year term. A third candidate has single-digit support.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - Conservative Anglican leaders in Africa say they have done what is "humanly possible" to avoid a split from their U.S. counterparts ahead of a September deadline for liberals in the American church to follow orthodoxy on the issue of homosexuality.When the Sept. 30 deadline arrives, Archbishop of Nigeria Peter Akinola told Cybercast News Service, the U.S. Episcopal Church (ECUSA) leaders will have to make a decision as to whether they will stop blessing same-sex unions and consecrating homosexual bishops.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - Washington views constitutional reform as one of the best ways to avoid future conflict in Kenya, traditionally one of Africa's most stable democracies. Kenya is now on the verge of civil war, just days following a still-unresolved presidential election dispute.The violence here has strained national security systems. Some security analysts believe terrorists could take advantage of the situation to revive dormant cells or even launch new attacks against foreign facilities from Kenyan soil.
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 ( - 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 ( - 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 ( - 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.