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, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - India's government is accused of using anti-terrorism laws against a tribal, non-Indian ethnic group, which has long been agitating for independence.The Nagas people living in northeast India and neighboring Myanmar say the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), signed into law last March, has been used to interfere with their civil liberties.The law allows anyone accused of terrorist activities to be detained for up to 180 days without charges being filed. The government may also confiscate property from suspected terrorists.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Some experts say the dramatic drop in HIV/AIDS infections in Uganda is proof that abstinence from sex is the best way to combat the deadly disease, especially in the world's hardest-hit area, sub-Saharan Africa.Infections in the East African country, which once had the highest rate in the world, have dropped from 30 percent of the population in the early 1990s to around 10 percent today.Although promotion of condom use has been a part of Uganda's HIV/AIDS prevention
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Aid workers concerned about the Sudanese government's reported new offensive against rebel positions have called on the U.S. to speak out against what they say is clearly a violation of a negotiated ceasefire.Rebels say Sudan's government has launched a military offensive in an oil-producing, rebel-controlled area where the humanitarian situation is already reported to be dire because of poor harvests.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - East Africans joined Americans Wednesday in commemorating the devastating attacks of last Sept. 11, with calls for tolerance and prayers to heal the wounds of hatred.The government of Kenya has pledged total support to the U.S. and its allies in the fight against international terrorism. "The attacks sought to undermine American democracy," U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Johnnie Carson said. "They sought to please fanatics and fundamentalists and create a rift between the Christians and Muslims. But they failed."
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. will not abandon efforts to help feed 2.5 million people facing starvation in the southern African country of Zambia, despite their government's refusal to accept food from the U.S. because it is genetically modified.State Department spokesperson Richard Boucher said the U.S. regretted the Zambian government's rejection of 12,000 tons of maize, which he said was safe."We believe this decision is likely to place the citizens of Zambia at a greater risk of starvation," he added.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Kenyan police have denied reports here that they and other security agencies were briefed about the possibility that terrorist attacks were being planned from Somalia, but had taken little or no action.British and Australian intelligence services, among others, had warned of possible attacks, said the reports, which have emerged days after twin attacks on an Israeli-owned hotel and aircraft cost 10 Kenyan and three Israeli lives.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Facing another year of U.S. sanctions and Washington's opposition to his country taking up the chair of the U.N.'s top human rights body, Libya's Muammar Gadaffi has adopted a new approach - appeasement.Fresh from appointing an American beauty pageant contestant as Tripoli's "honorary consul to the U.S.," Gadaffi has now voiced support for firm action against terrorism.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Two African nations on the U.S. State Department's list of terror-sponsoring countries have signed a pact committing them to beef up anti-terror laws and prevent their territories from being used as a base for the planning of terrorist acts.Sudan signed the Algiers Convention on the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism last week during a high-level African Union (AU) anti-terror meeting in the Algerian capital. Another country on the State Department's list, Libya, previously ratified the convention.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States is concerned that peace and stability in the troubled Central Africa Republic (CAR) and the greater region will not return until healthy and wholly functioning states exist.Late last week the Pentagon sent a military team to the CAR to assess the safety of Americans there as rebels battled to topple the nation's president, defense officials said.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A week after a deadly attack on Israeli targets in Kenya, the president of the East African country, Daniel arap Moi, will meet President Bush in Washington Thursday for talks centered on fighting terrorism in the region.Another regional leader, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, will join the two later for talks on the same subject.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States strongly condemned human rights abuses committed during the administration of recently departed Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi but took no action against a country that had become a key ally in the war on terror, rights campaigners charged this week.European nations had been more active than the Americans in their criticism of the Moi government's violations, Human Rights Watch said in an annual report.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - With international pressure mounting on Sudan's Islamic government to resume stalled peace talks with rebels, aerial bomb attacks by the military against civilians and rebel installations in the mainly Christian and animist south have increased.Sudan Peoples' Liberation Movement (SPLA) spokesperson Dr. Samson Kwanje said heavy fighting took place between the rebels and government forces on September 15 and 16.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Under international pressure, Nigeria is taking steps to clamp down on international money-laundering rackets, including the scams for which the West African country has become notorious.Lawmakers are considering draft legislation aimed at stopping individuals and banks involved in the corruption, the proceeds of which are sometimes used to finance terrorism, drug trafficking and other criminal activities.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The British Embassy, U.S. public affairs offices and the Israeli Embassy in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, have closed because of security concerns.The British High Commission said it was closing its embassy until further notice after receiving what it called a specific security threat. It did not disclose details, however. A spokesman said the British embassy would remain closed indefinitely, pending the results of a security investigation.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The next three months are crucial for efforts to achieve peace in Sudan, according to the U.S. special envoy to the conflict-torn African country, Senator John Danforth.Speaking in the Kenyan capital, Danforth said Washington was concerned about the slow pace of peace talks.But he reiterated that the U.S. backed the process, in the face of media reports suggesting Washington may withdraw its support if progress is not made during the current round.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The Nigerian government is working hard to prevent a boycott of the 2002 Miss World beauty pageant by countries protesting the sentencing of a Nigerian woman accused of adultery to death by stoning.At least eight countries have threatened to boycott the Nov. 30 competition, to be held in the capital Abuja, until the sentence by an Islamic (shari'a) court in northern Nigeria is reversed.Adding to the organizers' woes are threats by radical Muslims to disrupt the competition.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The arrival in Nigeria of 82 Miss World contestants has given a boost to an international beauty pageant whose success hangs in the balance, following boycott calls by various nations and threats of disruption by Muslim fundamentalists.Ten countries originally threatened to boycott the Dec. 7 event to protest a shari'a law death sentence passed on Amina Lawal, a Nigerian woman accused of adultery.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States is likely to increase its military presence and access to state intelligence information in East Africa following last week's meeting of President George Bush, Daniel arap Moi of Kenya and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia.According to an analysis by U.S.-based global forecasting firm Stratfor, "The U.S. also might win a more permanent (military) arrangement, such as a naval base for stationing U.S. military forces in East Africa."
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Embattled Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has denied reports saying he is planning to go into exile, but some African analysts believe he may have reached the point where he realizes that his departure from the bankrupt southern African country is his only option.Last week the government of Malaysia was reported to have tentatively agreed to offer Mugabe asylum if he agrees to relinquish power.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Rewards for Justice program has scored a major success in Africa with the arrest of two men accused of crimes of genocide in Rwanda and sponsoring regional terrorism.Jean-Baptiste Gatete and General Augustin Bizimungu have been captured in recent weeks, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Angola, respectively.Gatete was arrested by DRC police at a village. He had been teaching at a local college.