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) - 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) - Kenyan Muslims complain that they are the targets of a proposed law to fight terrorism, which is now before the country's parliament.But as opposition to the draft legislation grows, there are fears that if it fails, it could sour relations with the United States and Britain, which are eager to see anti-terrorism legislation in place.The administration of President Mwai Kibaki could also miss out on development credits from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A major international media conference scheduled for the Kenyan capital June 1-4 has been cancelled because of the deteriorating security situation in East Africa.The Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and journalists, said it was canceling its 52\super nd\nosupersub annual congress since it could not guarantee the safety of participants.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Nations in the wider East Africa region have agreed on a common plan to fight terrorism that includes intelligence sharing, streamlining of extradition procedures and the establishment of a counter-terrorism database.A meeting in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, under the auspices of a regional grouping called the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (Igad), agreed on the plan, which covers ways to improve border monitoring and suppress financial crime.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - With the arrival in war-ravaged Liberia of the first West African peacekeeping troops, the focus will soon shift onto mobilizing a larger, U.N.-led peacekeeping force similar to the one that has successfully stabilized neighboring Sierra Leone.Experts have argued that a cease-fire agreement between the Liberian government and rebel groups, as well as an effective political solution to the crisis, will not be found in the absence of a powerful U.N. force.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Researchers in East Africa are hopeful that a series of HIV vaccine clinical trials currently being conducted here eventually may offer good news for millions of Africans at risk of infection with the AIDS virus.After delays for approval and review, Uganda last week announced that it has started vaccine trials on human volunteers specifically targeting the HIV sub-type A, a strain of virus common in East Africa.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Forthcoming presidential and gubernatorial elections in Nigeria could result in a further expansion of Islamic (shari'a) law across Africa's most populous country.Comprising about half of the national population of 129 million, Nigeria's Muslims are regarded as a significant determinant of the country's next president and have the potential to influence the further adoption of shari'a.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Amid growing terror threats in Kenya, the head of a U.S. anti-terror task force in East Africa held talks with government officials here, praising Kenya for its close cooperation in counter-terror efforts.Major-General John Sattler, the outgoing commander of the Combined Joint Task Force, based in the Horn of Africa country of Djibouti, told reporters in Nairobi that joint training between U.S. and Kenyan troops would begin soon.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - When President George Bush arrives in Africa this week, many here will be looking for a message that his country cares about the future of Africa and is ready to help a continent grappling with a myriad of socio-economic challenges.His policies also have many African critics, however.Bush's stated agenda for his first presidential trip to Africa includes the battle against AIDS, encouraging democracy and improving trade, although analysts expect the fight against terrorism to dominate the visit.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The arrest here last week of three suspected terrorists may have prevented another attack that was planned to coincide with Thursday's anniversary of the 1998 attack on American embassies in East Africa, police sources believe.Kenyan police last week arrested two men in the predominantly Muslim coastal city of Mombasa. While being escorted to a police vehicle, one of the suspects detonated a grenade, killing a police officer and injuring himself. He later died of his wounds.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Despite Africa's stated common policy against the war in Iraq, analysts here believe the continent's three non-permanent members of the Security Council will back the U.S. when a vote is called on a final U.N. resolution.Regional security analyst Dr. Hassouna Mustafa said any refusal by the three - Angola, Guinea, and Cameroon - to support the U.S. position could involve a risk they cannot afford to take.