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) - Opinion here appears to be divided as to whether U.S. policy restricting AIDS funding to organizations that neither promote nor perform abortion will hinder or help the battle against the disease in Africa.It was recently reported that the Bush administration is considering a requirement that all foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) certify, as a condition of benefiting from a substantial newly announced $15 billion funding initiative, that they neither perform nor promote abortion as a method of family planning.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Proceeds from khat, a stimulant drug originating from an African plant whose leaves are chewed, are suspected to be funding terrorist activities in the Horn of Africa, according to a new U.N. report.Khat, also known locally as miraa, is grown in the highlands of Kenya and parts of Ethiopia and Yemen. Chewing the plucked leaves releases a chemical known as cathinone, which affects the central nervous system.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - An initiative aimed at bolstering homegrown African peacekeeping efforts has been welcomed in a continent that has traditionally relied on outside help when its many conflicts have gotten out of hand.Military commanders from numerous African countries agreed recently to establish a standby peacekeeping force within the next few years, designed to intervene in conflicts like those currently underway in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Liberia and Burundi.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - President George W. Bush on Wednesday encouraged South African President Thabo Mbeki to "continue working for the return of democracy" in Zimbabwe, which has been hit by famine and political repression.Bush described the country's troubles as a "very sad situation."
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The Nigerian government is under fire for its decision to give shelter to former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who resigned and went into exile early this week.Critics of the move say the notorious former warlord may use their country as the base to initiate conflicts in Nigeria and the broader region, as he is accused of doing while he held power in Liberia.In a bid to end a civil war in Liberia that has had an enormous humanitarian impact, Nigeria offered Taylor asylum in the southeastern city of Calabar.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States will further enhance its bilateral relations with Kenya despite security threats to U.S. interests in the East African country, a senior State Department official said here."Instead of scaling down our activities in Kenya, we are committed to deepening our relations by supporting democracy, security and the economic empowerment of Kenyans," said Under Secretary of State for Management Grant Green.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - U.S. efforts aimed at stemming the international trade in uncut diamonds that funds rebel activities in Africa have been widely welcomed, although achieving success in blocking the trade at its source is likely to be difficult.The House of Representatives recently passed legislation banning the entry of illegal, uncut diamonds, often referred to as "blood" or "conflict" diamonds, into the United States. Passage in the Senate is expected shortly.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Kenyan Muslims have threatened to form their own state under Islamic law (shari'a) after delegates reviewing the Kenyan constitution overwhelmingly rejected demands that shari'a get formal recognition.Muslim leaders accused their Christian counterparts here of working with "foreign evangelists" to suppress the freedoms enjoyed by the country's Muslim community.Muslims make up about 10 percent of Kenya's population of about 31 million.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Anti-slavery campaigners are urging the United States to press other governments to sign and ratify conventions relating to modern-day slavery, following President Bush's remarks on the evils of that practice.Early on during his ongoing African tour, Bush termed the Africa slave trade as "one of the greatest crimes of history" - a cruel enterprise that saw slaves entering "societies indifferent to their anguish and made prosperous by their unpaid labor."
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - An African legal expert believes it is only a matter of time before former Liberian president Charles Taylor, indicted by the U.N.-backed war crimes court in Sierra Leone, is arrested.Taylor, now exiled in Nigeria, is accused of playing a key role in the brutal 10-year war waged against the Sierra Leone government by the brutal Revolutionary United Front rebel group.Taylor is accused of offering logistic support and helping to arm the RUF, whose trademark was hacking off the limbs of civilians supportive of the government.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Washington is optimistic that the three African members of the U.N. Security Council will support its position on the military disarmament of Iraq, if a new draft resolution on the crisis goes to a vote.U.S. Assistant Secretary for Africa Walter Kansteiner said he was optimistic that discussions with Cameroon, Angola and Guinea, currently going on in New York, "will yield positive results."
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The quest for the introduction of Islamic (shari'a) law in Kenya is threatening to derail a broader constitutional review process here and spark religious conflict, analysts have warned.Kenya's Muslim minority is demanding that the office of the Chief Kadhi - the name given to the senior religious official of a shari'a court - be entrenched in the constitution, which would make Islamic law officially operational here.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Kenya has sought the help of U.S. and British security agents to improve security and enhance intelligence gathering in the wake of fresh terror alerts.Speaking in the coastal city of Mombasa, Tourism and Information Minister Raphael Tuju confirmed the presence of foreign security agents, saying this was part of Kenya's commitment to preventing future terror attacks.Among other things, Britain has provided security experts to train local hoteliers in dealing with the threat of terrorism, he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - President George W. Bush is focusing on southern Africa during his five-day tour of the continent because he wants to build new alliances and position South Africa as a strategic ally to advance U.S. policies in the region, analysts here said Thursday.Bush arrived in South Africa on Tuesday, visited Botswana on Thursday and will later travel to Uganda and Nigeria.
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) - Kenya is becoming an increasingly key transit route for heroin and hashish destined for North American streets, according to a new State Department report on narcotics control.The report said Kenya offered a relatively developed sea, air and financial infrastructure compared with other states in the region.The report also cited corruption within the police force and a network of commercial and family ties linking some Kenyans to southwest Asia, the source of much of the narcotics.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A dark cloud hangs over Nigeria's political transition following highly disputed presidential elections in which incumbent President Olusegun Obasanjo was declared winner with a majority of more than 60 percent of the vote.Muhammad Buhari, a Muslim former military dictator who was the chief opposition candidate, termed the elections "the most fraudulent" in the 40-year history of a country that has been beset by civil strife and military takeovers.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Fears that terrorists may use ships in the planning or execution of mass attacks have promoted port and maritime managers to put more effort into improving port security, although the financial implications such measures will have on the industry are causing concern.The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) is in the final stages of implementing new security measures spelled out by global industry players, including the use of x-ray equipment to scan incoming and outgoing cargo, a spokesman said here.
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) - 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."