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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July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - African nations have launched a plan to evaluate how well individual countries on the continent are being governed, in a bid to improve their ability to attract foreign investment.The program hopes to lead to enhanced democracy, improved human rights and healthier investment levels in Africa.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Former President Bill Clinton turned down an offer from the Sudanese government to arrest and hand over Osama bin Laden because his administration did not accept that a country regarded as a sponsor of terrorism wanted to change, a leading regional analyst believes.After the U.S. declined to take the al Qaeda terrorist leader, Sudan sent him to Afghanistan, according to Akasha Alsayeed Akasha, a Sudanese scholar based in Nairobi.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Sudan's warring parties have been urged by visiting Secretary of State Colin Powell to reach an agreement to end a long and bloody civil war by the end of the year.Saying he could see that "the end is in sight," Powell urged Khartoum and southern rebels to seize "this moment of opportunity" and expressed confidence that - based on what the peace talks delegates had told him - "a final agreement is within the grasp of the parties.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Human rights groups in Africa are increasing pressure on Nigeria's government to surrender former Liberian president Charles Taylor to the United Nations court in Sierra Leone, for war crimes prosecution.But a political analyst has warned that handing over Taylor at a time when stability in Liberia remains fragile could plunge that nation back into full-scale war.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Funding from the U.S. is providing Africa's first AIDS prevention facility targeted specifically for the deaf, now up and running in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.The counseling and information resource center, set up in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), signals a major shift from previous approaches to AIDS prevention education in the continent hardest hit by the pandemic.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - An inquest into the death of an American missionary in Kenya has heard claims by two private security guards that they witnessed a car chase and heard gunfire shortly before the priest's body was found.The claims sharply contradict the findings of official investigations by the Kenyan police and the FBI, which concluded that Fr. John Anthony Kaiser committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The inquest into the death of an American missionary in Kenya and an inquiry investigating a $15 billion minerals export scandal are among the casualties of a major new anti-corruption campaign targeting the judiciary.Under the drive, initiated this month by President Mwai Kibaki's administration, both inquiries have been halted following the suspension of the judges and magistrates presiding over them.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Kenyan lawyers want an anti-terrorism law being considered by the government to be redrafted, arguing that it does not respect basic human rights.They said the proposed legislation's biggest failures include the possibility that a person could be deemed a terrorist, simply by his manner of dress.Kenya has been the target of several major terror attacks since 1998, linked to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Libya's decision to allow Western human rights campaigners into the country is being seen here as another step in the North African nation's efforts to clean up its image and enhance its influence in the continent.In the first such visit since 1988, Libya on Saturday allowed a delegation from Amnesty International to visit and hold talks with officials.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Security experts believe a global inventory of shoulder-launched surface-air-missiles (SAMs) might reduce the threat of terrorists shooting down passenger airliners.The analysts believe thousands of shoulder-launched SAMs already are in the wrong hands, but they believe an inventory could help control any further movement of the weapons.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A World Health Organization program to eradicate polio in Nigeria is in jeopardy after Muslim leaders ordered it halted amid rumors that it was part of a U.S. conspiracy to kill off African Muslims.And with a new outbreak of the crippling disease reported in Nigeria, the setback threatens not just millions of Nigerian children, but millions of others in the wider region.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Christian persecution in Islamic Somalia is on the rise, and humanitarian aid workers from the West are also under attack by Muslim radicals, according to a Christian human rights organization.The UK-based Barnabas Fund is hoping to draw international attention to an unreported situation in the Horn of African country, which has been without a functioning administration for more than a decade.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Hopes for a comprehensive peace agreement in Sudan are being held up by fighting in the western part of the country, and complicated by a "clash" of two separate peace initiatives - one backed by the U.S, the other involving the European Union - according to a Sudanese intelligence source.The U.S. is actively pushing the main peace talks, currently taking place in Kenya between the Khartoum government and the key rebel group the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA).
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The Zimbabwe government has been widely condemned for shutting down two leading independent newspapers, the latest in a series of moves to clamp down on political opposition to President Robert Mugabe.Meanwhile, differences over strategy are affecting attempts by the international community to isolate Zimbabwe.Police raided and shut down the offices of the Daily News and its Sunday sister paper in Harare, accusing the two newspapers of failing to register with a government commission.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The humanitarian situation in Liberia could worsen amid political disagreements between the head of the transitional government and rebels, some observers fear.Many Liberians are also concerned that if United Nations peacekeeping troops are not bolstered in number and deployed outside the capital city of Monrovia, displaced civilians will not return to their homes because of security fears.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The war against terrorism, the fight against HIV/AIDS and trade issues dominated United States-Africa relations in 2003.Overall, bilateral relations appear to have improved over the past 12 months, although disagreements did arise over specific issues relating to terrorism, the International Criminal Court and biotechnology.But Kenyan political analyst Reuben Kyama said such disagreements had been overshadowed by the success of U.S.-Africa trade, facilitated by the
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A decision by Muslim leaders in Kenya to reject a U.S. government offer to fund a system of Islamic schools called madrassas is the result of mistrust and suspicion, a religious scholar said here. The suspicion was driven both by an absence of direct consultation between the two sides, and the feeling held by many Muslims that the U.S. viewed Islam as a violent religion, Dr. Hassan Mwakimako of the University of Nairobi said in an interview.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Delegates attending a conference on AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases here have accused the developed world of failing to devote sufficient financial resources to the fight against AIDS in Africa.Although funding has increased by 20 percent from 2002, the delegates said the $4.7 billion to be spent during 2003 was still not enough - and less than half of what the world will need to fight the disease in 2005.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Zimbabwe is "on the brink of disaster," which will only be averted if its neighbors act to bring about change in the southern African country, in the opinion of a top U.S. diplomat.More sanctions may be needed if President Robert Mugabe's regime is to become more flexible in accommodating the views of the opposition, added Walter Kansteiner, the outgoing assistant secretary for African affairs.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. and Kenya are holding joint military exercises on the Kenyan coast, with the war against regional terrorism a primary focus.Officials say the training aims to improve the forces' capability to counter the threat of terror in a region that has proven to be vulnerable to extremist attacks, while also strengthening existing military relations between Kenya and the U.S.The American Embassy in Nairobi said the joint exercises, "Edged Mallet 04," involve several hundred military personnel from each country.