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) - Ahead of Rwanda's first elections since the 1994 genocide, some fear that the sensitive issue of ethnicity may be exploited by the candidates.The U.S. and other governments have also expressed concern about reports of intimidation in the run-up to next Monday's presidential election. Parliamentary elections will be held next month.Analysts are optimistic that the elections in the tiny central African country will strengthen coexistence between the Hutu majority and Tutsi minority.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Homosexuals in Uganda are campaigning to have their government make constitutional changes to decriminalize homosexual activity.A group representing Ugandan homosexuals has told the government that if it does not meet their demands for legal protection and recognition, it will form a political party to cater to homosexuals' interests.Under Ugandan law, homosexuals may be charged for unnatural offences.
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) - Humanitarian workers in Liberia have warned that thousands of lives may be at risk because of fighting that continues in parts of the country, despite the signing of a power-sharing deal aimed at ending the conflict.Some 60,000 people displaced by earlier fighting between rebels and the government of the now-exiled former president, Charles Taylor, now face a threat from low-intensity fighting in an area northeast of Monrovia, Pierre Mendiharat of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Efforts to secure peace in Sudan gained a boost Monday with the launch of a newspaper partly funded by the U.S. and designed to encourage a "culture of peace" in the civil war-ravaged country.The fortnightly Sudan Mirror - the divided country's first national newspaper - was launched simultaneously in Sudan, Kenya and Uganda.
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.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Growing world demand for marijuana is prompting a shift in Africa from crops such as coffee and tea to cannabis, resulting in food shortages and an increase in criminal activity, according to new studies.The U.N. International Drug Control Program (UNDCP) said an estimated 147 million people -- 3.5 percent of the global population aged 15 and above -- used cannabis in 1998-2000.Rising consumption is increasing the demand for more cultivation, the agency said.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Kenya's Christian leaders have reaffirmed their support for the investigation into the killing of American missionary Fr. John Antony Kaiser and ensure those responsible are brought to justice.The third anniversary of Kaiser's mysterious death was marked Sunday with a rally, where participants reiterated their rejection of the conclusion by Kenya police and FBI investigators that the Catholic priest had committed suicide.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - In-vitro fertilization has arrived in East Africa in a development praised by the medical fraternity and decried by church leaders who warned that scientists were trying to "play God."Although the technology has been offered around the world for the past 25 years, this is the first time the "test tube baby" option is available for women in the East, Central and Horn of Africa regions, where fertility problems are believed to be relatively common.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. has updated its travel advisory for Nigeria amid a violent uprising by Muslim fundamentalists who are fighting to establish an Islamic state in the country's far north.The U.S. Embassy in Abuja has warned American nationals about the risk of visiting Nigeria because of "violent crime and community uprisings" as well as the possible danger of abduction in Nigeria's oilfields.It also warned about "occasional acts of isolated communal violence and religious tension that could erupt quickly and without warning."
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The fate of 67 alleged mercenaries arrested in Zimbabwe is now in the hands of the Harare justice system, which may bring treason charges - punishable by death - since most African countries lack national legislation dealing with mercenary activities.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame has won re-election by a landslide, according to the small African country's election commission.Despite his main opponent's rejection of the result, human rights campaigners have urged Rwandans to put the country's divisions and bloody past behind them and move forward in the interests of all of its people.Early counts gave Kagame about 94 percent of the vote to just fewer than 4 percent for his main rival, former Prime Minister Faustin Twagiramungu.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A new soft drink aimed at Muslim consumers could widen religious division and increase anti-American sentiments in the East Africa region, some analysts say.Mecca Cola, a soft drink bearing the name of Islam's holy city, was launched here this week, and Muslim leaders have endorsed it as their religion's official drink.Consumer analyst Jimmy Mwangi said that endorsement would encourage consumer choices along sectarian lines, which he said was a recipe for religious conflict.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Edging closer to a comprehensive peace agreement that the U.S. government is strongly backing, Sudan's government and southern rebels signed an agreement Wednesday allowing for the equal sharing of the country's wealth.The agreement defines how the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), which is expected to administer the south once a peace deal is signed, and Khartoum will share revenue from the 300,000 barrels of oil produced each day.
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) - Sudan is calling for compensation from Washington for an August 1998 air strike on what the U.S. said at the time was a factory manufacturing chemical weapons and financed in part by al Qaeda.It has used the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the incident to mount a campaign urging the U.S. to refrain from actions which violate the sovereignty of other states, and also to call on African states which have not done so to sign and ratify the international Chemical Weapons Convention, banning the use and manufacture of chemical weapons.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Anti-slavery activists are hopeful that the finalization of a Sudanese peace deal will bring an end to the atrocity of modern-day slavery that has taken place in the war-torn country.Peace talks between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) have entered what may be their final stage in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi."This marks a significant opportunity to end slavery in Sudan," said Beth Herzfeld of the London-based anti slavery group, Anti-Slavery International.
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.