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 (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.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States has condemned the Sudanese government following new attacks against civilians in rebel-controlled areas. The latest reports said heavy fighting is going on in the rebel-controlled oil-producing Leer area of Western Upper Nile province, where militias allied with the government murdered civilians this week.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Kenyan authorities have intensified cross-border security and a nationwide terrorism clampdown after receiving new evidence of active terror cells in the region.Officials here said evidence has emerged that terrorists are planning new attacks against key installations in Kenya, among them one of the capital's best-known buildings, the 32-story Kenyatta International Conference Center.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. is expanding its counter-terrorism military task force in the Horn of Africa, the strategically located region linking the Arabian Peninsula with African countries where terrorists can lie low and plan future operations.In what a spokesman said was the "next logical step" for the operation of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), about 400 American soldiers will soon be transferred from the force's floating headquarters in the Gulf of Aden to a shore base in Djibouti.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Anglican Church leaders in Africa have described as a "satanic attack on the church" the proposed consecration in London of a homosexual bishop and are threatening to cut ties with the Church of England.The head of the Anglican Church in Kenya, Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi, said those advancing consecration of the Rev. Jeffery John, an open homosexual, were "throwing themselves out of the holy communion."The Anglican Church in Kenya is completely opposed to this move."
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi (CNSNews.com) - Kenya is launching the second stage of trials for an AIDS vaccine, following the success of an initial phase that demonstrated the vaccine is safe for human use.Kenyan and British scientists are developing the vaccine as part of a program being coordinated by a New York-based non-governmental agency, the International Aids Vaccine Initiative (IAVI).
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A new think tank report questions Sudan's commitment to peace talks with southern rebels, following stepped-up attacks on civilians by militias allegedly sponsored by the government.The International Crisis Group (ICG) report, released in the Kenyan capital, said attention must be paid to the political and commercial agendas of the pro-government militias in southern Sudan, and the "spoiler" role they could play in the future.
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) - 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.