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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A regional mediation group has achieved a first peace deal with mutinous soldiers controlling almost half of the West African country of Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast).Six members of a 15-member grouping called the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), with foreign ministers from Nigeria, Niger, Mali, Togo and Ghana, met military officers late Thursday in the central city of Bouake.The parties agreed to sign a cease-fire agreement and continue with peace negotiations afterwards.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Muslims in Tanzania are unhappy about the passage of new anti-terrorism legislation, which they say will be used to "oppress" them.Muslim protestors in the East African country recently held a service, praying that all those involved in preparing and passing the law would experience "bad things."Religious leaders accused the U.S. of having a hand in the legislative move, a claim denied by the U.S. embassy in Dar-es-Salaam.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Twenty-five diplomatic missions in Kenya have added their voices to concerns about the possibility that presidential and parliamentary elections to be held here on Friday will be rigged.The election looks set to end a 39-year grip on power by the Kenya African National Union (KANU) party of outgoing President Daniel arap Moi.With opinion polls pointing at such an outcome, commentators have warned that the type of corruption and intimidation that has marked earlier elections is sure to affect this one.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - African and other AIDS campaigners Wednesday welcomed President Bush's pledge of an extra $10 billion to fight the pandemic that is ravaging large parts of the continent."It's good news for us. The money will go a long way into assisting us move on with our programs," said Esther Odhimbo, the director of an organization called Women Fighting Aids in Kenya.She expressed hope that the U.S. would ensure that funding distribution was handled prudently by African administrations.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States government has finally given 12,000 Somali Bantu refugees permission immigrate, after threatening to refuse those refugees who hurriedly performed genital mutilations on their daughters, in advance of the girls' anticipated departure for the United States.The female circumcision, carried out without anesthetic, is an ancient rite of passage that is widespread in Somalia.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com)- A terrorist attack targeting Israel nationals in the East Africa's seaside city of Mombasa, Kenya, killed at least twelve people on Thursday.The attack happened at 8.00 a.m. local time, at the Israel-owned Mombasa Paradise Hotel. At the same time, terrorists fired two missiles at an Israeli charter airliner as it flew out of the Mombasa Airport. The missiles missed their target, and the plane - carrying 264 passengers - later arrived safely in Israel.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Hopes for peace in the Ivory Coast received a boost this week with reports of a new peace plan and undertakings by rebel groups not to attack foreign troops deployed in the conflict-hit West African country.A 10-point proposal prepared by President Laurent Gbagbo, leaked to the press, offers a government of national unity as well as a referendum on three pressing issues - who can stand for president, who can vote and who can own property.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States government is playing down persistent reports that it has plans to establish a military naval base on tiny islands in the oil-rich Gulf of Guinea off West Africa.U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Walther Kansteiner, said in Washington Tuesday that the U.S. had no intention of setting up a military base in the Sao Tome and Principe islands, "nor anywhere in central and West Africa."
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A group calling itself the "Arab Army for Palestine" has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks against in Kenya's seaside city of Mombasa Thursday morning. The group, reportedly based in Beirut, Lebanon, claimed the attack was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the day -- Nov. 29, 1947 -- that the United Nations partitioned land, creating the state of Israel.Inside Kenya, however, the Arab Army of Palestine is unknown, and some analysts in the region wondered about the veracity of the claim.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States and Britain have warned of likely terrorist attacks in East Africa and subsequently warned their citizens to take extra precautions while traveling within the region.The U.S. State Department said last week that it had received unconfirmed information of a possible rocket terror attack in Kenya's capital Nairobi, similar to the unsuccessful attempt to down an Israeli airliner near Mombasa last month.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - As fighting continues in the troubled West African country of Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), the United States has stepped up calls for the government and rebels to negotiate a truce and avoid further bloodshed.The Ivorian army claimed to have recaptured an important cocoa center, Daloa, on Tuesday - the first apparent significant military defeat for the rebels - although the situation remains unclear.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Kenyans reacted with anger and surprise over terrorist attacks on Thursday against Israel interests in the seaside city of Mombasa.The two attacks, one targeting an Israel patronized hotel and another at Israel airline resulted in 15 deaths, police confirmed here.Kenyans, however, said they have no regrets over their cordial relationship with Israel and the United States.Along the streets of Nairobi and Mombasa cities, Kenyans were asking why they had to "suffer for crimes not associated with them."
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Veteran politician Mwai Emilio Kibaki was elected Kenya's third post-independence leader, ending 40 years of rule by dictatorial President Daniel arap Moi's Kenya African National Union (KANU).Kibaki, 71, won more than 64 percent of votes cast in last week's poll, while his KANU rival and Moi's preferred successor, Uhuru Kenyatta, garnered 29 percent.The opposition National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) is also set to win 55 percent of seats for parliament, only 10 percent short of an absolute majority.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - With a looming election that already shows signs of controversy and national disunity, the United States has said it is keenly watching events in this East African country and pledged to offer whatever support was necessary to ensure the campaign and voting process goes smoothly.U.S. Ambassador Johnnie Carson called on the government to ensure its officials don't make inappropriate use of government resources, including public media, during the campaign.