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, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - An inquest into the murder of an American Catholic missionary has heard that the priest had appeared particularly worried in the days before his mysterious death three years ago.Sister Dominica MacQue, a Catholic nun and the first of some 100 state witnesses expected to be called, recalled that on Aug. 22, 2003, two days before Father John Anthony Kaiser was found dead on the side of a road, he had seemed "anxious."
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A public debate on abortion has erupted in Kenya, after the country's health minister argued last week in favor of decriminalizing abortion.Health Minister Charity Ngilu said denying women a free choice when it came to reproduction was tantamount to denying women their human rights. She subsequently withdrew the comment, but the debate continues.The Catholic Church in Kenya said in a statement the concept of a "safe abortion," as initially promoted by the minister, was "totally misconceived."
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States could force a regime change in Zimbabwe without great difficulty, and without the need to resort to force as was the case the Iraq, a political analyst said here.Dr. Gerrison Ikiara of the University of Nairobi said U.S. doesn't need to use military force to bring about political change in Zimbabwe, as it had a record of influencing regime changes in Africa without firing a bullet.He cited the fall of Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, Daniel arap Moi of Kenya, and the late Kamuzu Banda of Malawi.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Time is running out for Liberian President Charles Taylor to respond to a deadline by rebel fighters encircling Monrovia who have demanded that he relinquish power by Wednesday.Taylor, a former warlord long accused of fueling regional instability, has been indicted by a U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal for his role in a bloody, 10-year civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone.His critics also accuse him of plundering Liberia's resources and using diamond and timber revenues to finance his military adventures.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States will commit enough resources to combat the spread of AIDS, President George W. Bush assured Africans Thursday.Calling the disease "the deadliest enemy Africa has ever faced," Bush told the people of Botswana they would not face it alone.The landlocked, mineral-rich southern African country has been hit harder by AIDS than any other.
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.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A dramatic but low-key political transition in the tiny central African nation of Burundi this week has raised hopes not only for the war-ravaged country, but also for an Africa-wide initiative that seeks to improve stability and the continent's poor image.Decades of ethnic wars in Burundi have pitted the politically powerful but minority Tutsi tribe, comprising just 14 percent of the population, against the majority Hutu tribe.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - As Sudanese peace talks near an end, analysts here believe the Khartoum government is banking on a positive outcome to help improve its international image.Sudan's Minister of External Relations, Mustafa Uthman Isma'il, believes that his government will be removed from the U.S. State Department's list of terror-sponsors once it signs a peace agreement with the Sudanese People's Liberation Army (SPLA).
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Pressure is mounting on President George W. Bush to send peacekeeping troops to Liberia, where renewed fighting has prompted fears of another all-out war - something that could affect plans for a political transition.Kabineh Ja'neh, a leader of Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), one of the two rebel groups fighting the government, said Thursday the rebels would like to see "an overwhelming presence of American troops on the ground."
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Homosexual American tourists on a regional tour may run into protests when they arrive in Kenya after their ship was denied permission to dock in neighboring Tanzania a week ago amid anti-homosexuality protests there.Muslim leaders in Kenya have promised to mount "protests of morality" and urged the government not to allow the cruise ship, reportedly carrying 100 homosexual passengers bound for an East African safari, to dock at the ports of Mombassa and Lamu.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States and NATO could become engaged militarily in "ungoverned areas" in Africa believed to be used for narcotics trafficking and terror training, a senior U.S. military commander has said.Gen. James Jones, commander of U.S. European Command and NATO's new senior military commander, told reporters in Washington recently that the U.S. and NATO allies would begin focusing greater attention on instability in Africa.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States and British diplomatic missions in Kenya have released a set of conditions to be met before the two governments will lift terror-related travel warnings that Kenya says are costing that country's economy dearly.Washington and London have advised nationals to avoid unnecessary travel to East Africa.The warning also prompted British Airways to suspend flights to Kenya for fear the planes may be targeted by terrorists armed with shoulder-launched missiles.