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 ( - 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 ( - 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 ( - 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 ( - 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, 8:06 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - As homosexuals and lesbians in Africa celebrate the legalization of same-sex "marriage" in South Africa, the head of one of the continent's leading church associations has chosen not to speak out on the matter.Rev. Mvume Ndadala, general secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), said in comments made through a personal assistant that the AACC represented a "diversity" of Christians, and it would be inappropriate to give a common perspective on the issue.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - A senior U.N. official urged wealthy nations to increase and deliver on their pledges for the fight against AIDS in Africa - just as they have done for nations hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami - and singled out the United States in particular for its funding of treatment.Stephen Lewis, Secretary General Kofi Annan's special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, praised developed nations for their response to the tsunami disaster.