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) - 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.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The president of Sao Tome and Principe flew home to the small nation off West Africa Wednesday after international mediators negotiated an end to a week-long crisis triggered by a bloodless military coup.President Fradique de Menezes, who was in Nigeria when the takeover was launched last Wednesday, returned after signing an agreement in another West African nation, Gabon.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Amid an escalating humanitarian and political crisis in Zimbabwe, Washington has warned Americans still there to consider leaving the country because of the deteriorating security situation.African analysts expect the situation to deteriorate further. Thousands of Zimbabweans are flocking into neighboring countries like Botswana and South Africa to escape the economic crisis at home.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi (CNSNews.com) - The Catholic Church in Kenya has petitioned President Mwai Kibaki's administration to set up a public inquest into the death two years ago of an American missionary, Father John Kaiser.Church leaders said they were not satisfied with the results of initial investigations, which suggested Kaiser - a strong critic of the former regime - had committed suicide.They have presented the government with a petition signed by 6,000 Catholics.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Anti-slavery campaigners are calling on the international community to become more active in confronting incidences of the practice still present in parts of Africa and elsewhere.Global advocacy group Anti-Slavery International claims that an estimated 27 million people around the world are slaves today.The problem appears to be worst in parts of Africa, where enslavement can blur into cultural practices.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Faced with the prospect of the American Embassy here being closed for an extended period, Kenya has banned flights to and from Somalia and initiated raids against suspected terrorists in Nairobi during what is being seen as a swift effort to address security concerns raised by the U.S.The flight ban, effective from Sunday, is aimed at preventing further terror attacks in the East Africa country after the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency warned of an imminent attack on a specific U.S. facility in Kenya.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - There are renewed fears that the U.S.-backed initiative designed to end Sudan's long and costly civil war may be crumbling. The Khartoum government is complaining that an envisaged peace deal with southern rebels will lead to the country's disintegration.Islamist authorities reportedly are looking for new mediators, believing that the regional grouping known as Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is not acting as an impartial mediator.
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 (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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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.