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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - President Bush has expressed a "personal interest" in the Sudanese peace process, and he hopes the warring parties will reach a compromise to end the conflict during an existing "window of opportunity," Secretary of State Colin Powell said here.With expectations high that an agreement will be signed soon between Sudan's government and rebels, Powell said that peace in Sudan was now more necessary than ever "in order to put an end to killings and sufferings of millions of Sudanese people."
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) - The brother of an American missionary killed in Kenya has told an inquest that the FBI falsely attributed the death to suicide in a bid to protect Washington's strategic military relations with the East African country.Francis Kaiser, 73, told a court in the town of Naivasha that an FBI report which backed the Kenyan police assessment that Father Anthony Kaiser had killed himself three years ago, had been politically-motivated.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi (CNSNews.com) - Kenya and Uganda have joined the small but growing list of African countries willing to publicly associate themselves with the U.S.-led war against Iraq, offering logistical and other support to the allied forces.The two East African nations will join Ethiopia and Eritrea on Washington's list of "coalition of the willing" nations.Kenya's decision follows a series of talks last week between Kenyan and British military officers at the town of Nanyuki, home to the largest Kenyan Air Force base.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A Nigerian-based human rights group representing a woman sentenced to death for adultery are calling for toned-down campaigning on her behalf in the weeks ahead. They fear that heightened protests may harden the resolve of authorities considering an appeal of her conviction.Amina Lawal, 31, was sentenced to death in August 2002 by Nigeria's Upper Shari'a Court, after bearing a child out of wedlock.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. has voiced its support for the Ugandan government's campaign to defeat a violent rebel group led by an eccentric man who kidnaps children and says he is directed by spirits of the dead.At a meeting last week between President Bush and his visiting Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni, the U.S. pledged $200,000 worth of military aid to help in the war against the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The continuing strife in Liberia is an indication of Africa's flawed security strategy and does not bode well for African nations' ability to resolve their own crises, analysts said here.On Monday, the smaller of the two main rebel groups fighting to overthrow Liberian president and alleged war criminal Charles Taylor captured the West African country's second-largest city, Buchanan.The larger rebel force continues to besiege the capital, Monrovia, where hundreds of deaths have been reported in recent days.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - African leaders have voiced concern about the economic ramifications of a possible war against Iraq on the continent, whose economies depend heavily on oil imports from the Middle East.A meeting of the African Union (AU) in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, called for a peaceful resolution to the Iraqi disarmament crisis.The leaders said they were opposed to a war, but added that Iraq should respect and implement Security Council decisions, including the latest resolution on Iraq.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Washington has strongly condemned a wave of state-sponsored violence against opposition supporters in Zimbabwe that has left at least one person dead amid reports of arbitrary arrests and sexual assaults by security force members.The State Department said security agents were reacting to an effective two-day civil disobedience campaign called by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) last week.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The economic risks posed by Zimbabwe to the broader southern African region have prompted African leaders to engage President Robert Mugabe in talks aimed at peaceful regime change in that troubled country.The presidents of South Africa, Nigeria and Malawi are expecting to hold follow-up talks after this past week's discussions with Mugabe and his challenger, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. and United Nations are leading calls for embattled Liberian President Charles Taylor to step down and avert a humanitarian crisis looming in the capital city of Monrovia.\b Millions of Liberians are caught up in the continuing armed conflict between Taylor's supporters and two rebel groups demanding his resignation.A U.N. Security Council mission currently visiting Liberia called on the president to help bring about a peaceful political transition in the West African country by leaving office.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - As relative calm returned to Liberia after two weeks of intense fighting, African churches have thrown their weight behind calls for a transitional government of national unity and other mechanisms to ensure lasting stability there.Fighting subsided Thursday following the arrival of a 10-man fact-finding mission from the regional Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) grouping to work out the logistics of a peacekeeping operation, which West African leaders said could begin as soon as next week.