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) - Four Kenyans accused of bombing an Israeli-owned hotel in November 2002 have gone on trial in Kenya, a proceeding viewed as an important part of Kenya's attempts to improve its security image.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Christian leaders in Kenya have voiced fresh concern after delegates at a commission drafting a new national constitution moved closer to a decision in favor of recognizing Islamic ( shari'a ) law in the country.A committee of the commission that is tasked with handling religious matters in the review process voted overwhelmingly in support of the move.If a similar vote of the entire review commission endorses the decision, shari'a law will become part of Kenya's legal landscape.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A report released by a UK-based business risk consultancy group Monday named Somalia as one of the most dangerous countries in the world.The "Riskmap" report, by the Control Risks Group, placed Somalia, Burundi and Liberia in the "extreme" risk league; and Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Colombia in the "high" risk category.The U.S., Canada and most of Western Europe were classified "low" risk, although London rated a "medium," along with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Thailand and others.
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) - Although many ordinary Kenyans welcomed President Mwai Kibaki's state visit to the U.S., political analysts here expressed concern that the visit will end up serving American rather than Kenyan interests. Those analysts are calling for a "genuine engagement" between the two nations.Kibaki met with President Bush earlier this week at the White House, where the two leaders praised existing relations between their nations, noted their resolve to fight terrorism and pledged to assist each other on matters of mutual interest.
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) - 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) - 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) - 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, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Experts on African politics believe there are signs that two or possibly all three of the African nations on the Security Council may accede to U.S. pressure and support a resolution on the military disarmament of Iraq.On Tuesday, the African trio - Angola, Guinea and Cameroon - joined another three rotating Council members - Mexico, Chile and Pakistan - in proposing a 45-day extension of the deadline for Saddam to disarm.But White House spokesman Ari Fleischer called the proposal a "nonstarter."
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Although there were some concerns that the U.S. might "pay back" African countries for not supporting the military disarmament of Iraq, an expert here forecasts that relations with Washington will continue to thrive.Nairobi-based African political analyst Dr. Hassouna Moustafa said the Iraq war was already "water under the bridge" and that it was unlikely the U.S. would seek ways of repaying African countries for their lack of support.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The U.N.'s war crimes tribunal for Rwanda has praised the political and financial support it has received from the United States.The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which is prosecuting those responsible for the 1994 Rwandan genocide, had benefited "enormously" from Washington's "Rewards for Justice" program, spokesman Roland Amoussouga said here.The program offers rewards of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest of leading fugitives from justice.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - President Bush praised Uganda for its handling of the AIDS pandemic, saying the East African country was leading the world in combating its spread."You have shown the world what is possible in terms of reducing infection rates," Bush told Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Friday.He praised the country's achievement in reducing infections of the AIDS-causing HIV virus from 30 percent of its population in the 1990s to the present level of just over five percent. It was an example to be emulated across the world, he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Muslim and Christian leaders interviewed here have thrown their weight behind opposition to a war on Iraq, warning that East African countries seen to be supporting the U.S. could be targeted for future terrorist attacks.Islamic leader Sheikh Ali Shee, chairman of the Imams' Council of Kenya, said Kenyan support for a war could have "serious ramifications on a poor country like ours.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Although the U.S. says the Sudanese government is showing "good faith" in talks with southern rebels, the rebels themselves and southern Sudanese refugees charge that Khartoum has yet to show it is committed to peace.A latest round of peace talks aimed at ending the bloody civil war concluded recently in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, with the warring sides disagreeing on national security arrangements during a proposed six-year transitional period.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Kenya's attorney general has agreed to hold an inquest into the suspicious death of an American Catholic missionary, Fr. John Kaiser, almost three years after his body was discovered along a road west of the capital.The inquest will begin in August, according to Martin Muya, senior resident magistrate in Naivasha, the place Kaiser was found dead.The Mill Hill missionary, originally from Minnesota, was a strong critic of the former administration of Daniel arap Moi. He had worked in Kenya for 36 years.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - President Bush's decision to exclude Kenya from the itinerary of his just-concluded African tour, coming on top of U.S. travel advisories relating to terrorism fears, has drawn some critical reactions here.Bush visited Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, Nigeria and Uganda - Kenya's neighbor - last week, but longstanding U.S. ally Kenya was left out because of security concerns.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Washington will lead a campaign to condemn Zimbabwe for flagrant and devastating human rights abuses at a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva this week. The Bush administration is calling on the international community to join forces and isolate the government of Zimbabwe.Washington said it would work to convince the international community, especially Zimbabwe's neighbors, to pressure the government of President Robert Mugabe to hold early free and fair elections.