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) - Shortly after rejecting a U.S. funding offer for Islamic schools, leaders of Kenya's Muslim minority have asked their government to lift a ban on financial assistance from non-governmental organizations in the Arab world.Without the funds, development projects in Muslim areas, including health centers and Islamic schools (madrassas), would suffer, they said.
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) - Groups campaigning against slavery are hopeful that a long-awaited peace agreement in Sudan, expected soon, will bring slavery to a close in the war-ravaged African nation.Negotiators for the Sudanese government and southern rebels are hammering out remaining issues in talks hosted by Kenya, and a major announcement on a comprehensive deal to end the 20-year-old conflict could come at any time.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - With Sudan peace talks dragging on, the United States has proposed a solution to overcome what may be the final hurdle standing in the way of an agreement to end Africa's most costly civil war.The U.S. wants the oil-rich area of Abyei to be granted interim self-administering status pending a referendum to determine whether it should join the Islamic north or the mostly Christian and animist south.
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) - Kenya has finally decided it will not allow the Islamic court system to handle criminal disputes, rejecting a significant and controversial element of Islamic Shari'a law. Muslim leaders had suggested the establishment of an independent Islamic court system during an ongoing review of Kenya's constitution.However, delegates reviewing the constitution here decided not to allow Muslim courts -- known in Kenya as Kadhi courts -- to adjudicate criminal and commercial disputes.
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) - Africa has edged closer to establishing a home-grown peacekeeping and defense force after defense ministers, meeting under the auspices of the African Union (AU), agreed to a common defense and security policy.During talks on Friday in Ethiopia, the defense chiefs accepted a report proposing the creation of a continent-wide stand-by force.
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) - Human rights experts in Africa have called the creation of the African Court of Human and People's Rights a "good idea" and an "important step" in addressing rampant abuses on the continent.Steve Ouma, deputy executive director of Kenya's Human Rights Commission, said the court will help Africa make significant progress but regretted that the court's mechanisms are currently very narrow.The human rights court came into being on Sunday after 15 members of the 53-strong African Union (AU) ratified the protocol creating it.
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) - Responding to a growing terror threat, Kenya has established a counter-terrorism center responsible for developing and coordinating counter terrorism strategies in the Horn of Africa and eastern Africa regions. The National Counter-Terrorism Center, headquartered in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi and headed by Brigadier Michael Gichangi, a former Kenyan military intelligence official, is the first of its kind in Africa.It will function under the Kenyan spy agency, the National Security Intelligence Service (NSIS).
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Analysts are optimistic that Sudan's comprehensive peace agreement will be signed soon. The optimism follows Thursday's agreement on the country's transition security arrangement, previously seen as the most contentious issue in efforts to resolve the 20 year-old conflict.However, there are fears that elements on both sides could scuttle the progress achieved so far.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - North Korean ballistic missile know-how in Nigerian hands would cause a major shift in the balance of power in Africa and compromise security, a top military analyst here believes.The Nigerian government last week confirmed that talks between Vice President Atiku Abubakar and his visiting North Korean counterpart, Yang Hyong-sop, had dealt with the possibility of Abuja acquiring ballistic missile technology from Pyongyang.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - In a move reflecting both a change in political direction and recognition of the growing problem of terrorism, the Kenyan government is transforming an elite security unit.The National Security Intelligence Service (NSIS), which had a controversial political role during the government of former President Daniel arap Moi, will now focus on criminal intelligence and counter-terrorism.