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, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi , Kenya (CNSNews.com) - In a gesture of sympathy for an America reeling from the 9/11 attacks, a group of Maasai villagers in Kenya offered a gift of cattle -- among a community's most prized possessions.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A new assessment report on Sudan's troubled western region of Darfur has called for a travel ban and assets freeze for Khartoum officials who are helping perpetuate what the human rights group Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has called "systematic genocide."The group wants the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution compelling diversion of Sudan oil and other commodities profits to compensate civilians who have been displaced by its security forces and a militia it supports.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Efforts to repatriate war refugees from South Sudan, who fled to camps in Kenya and Uganda between 1982 and 2005, are facing new obstacles.Many of those who returned home are now flocking back to Kenya and the other countries that hosted them, U.N. officials said.They are returning to the refugee camps to escape tribal fighting, hunger, and a general lack of infrastructure (schools, shops, hospitals), said Emmanuel Nyabera, a spokesman for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) in Nairobi.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi , Kenya (CNSNews.com) - As the crisis in Darfur deepens and the Sudanese government refuses to budge on approving U.N. peacekeepers, African experts have faulted Khartoum for its supposed efforts to prosecute those responsible for atrocities in the western region.Khartoum last year established a body called the "Special Criminal Court on the Events in Darfur," in a bid to forestall a move by the U.N. to refer the conflict to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The Nigerian government is under intense pressure to stop militant attacks against oil installations owned by western companies. Recent attacks have led to a 10 percent drop in Nigeria's oil output and affected world oil prices. But militants on Friday warned of "more sustained attacks."In response, two oil workers' unions threatened to withdraw members from the main oil-producing Niger Delta region unless the government moves to improve security.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony, famed for amputating the arms of his abductees, cannibalizing them, and kidnapping children, has appeared in public for the first time in a decade, saying he is ready for a peaceful end to the war. But the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has indicted Kony for crimes against humanity, said the rebel leader must be arrested and charged even if he ends his incursion against civilians.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The unsuccessful assassination attempt on Somalia's interim president is being viewed here as a clear signal by Islamists that they intend to use proven terror tactics to attain their goals, at a time the government's hands are tied by a U.N. arms embargo.U.S. experts will reportedly help transitional government officials investigate Monday's deadly bombings, at least one of which is believed to have been caused by a suicide bomber.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Africa has been praised for denying Sudan's leader the opportunity to head the African Union, but human rights activists here say the Islamist President Omar el Bashir should not head the AU next year, either, because of the crisis in Darfur.There is also some unhappiness about the man the A.U. did choose as chairman, President Denis Sassou-Nguesso of the Republic of the Congo.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - African leaders appear willing to tolerate and even cautiously support an Islamist militia that has taken control of the Somali capital of Mogadishu. The Islamists, believed to be sympathetic to al Qaeda, want to establish a state based on shari'a law.The U.S. State Department said Wednesday it would "reserve judgment at this point" about the nature of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU).
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The Horn of Africa appears to be inching towards regional war, amid new threats of Islamist violence as the U.S. prepares to introduce a U.N. Security Council resolution supporting a peacekeeping force to uphold the shaky transitional government in Somalia.The U.S. Embassy in Kenya late last week issued a new terror warning following the discovery of two letters calling for the assassination of prominent Kenyans, attacks against Ethiopian citizens, and assaults targeting strategic facilities in both nations.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Muslims in Africa have joined their counterparts elsewhere in protesting the publication of cartoons satirizing Mohammed, although most of the demonstrations so far have remained peaceful.In predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria, protestors burned Danish and Norwegian flags inside a state parliament building.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A meeting in New York Wednesday will look at how the U.S. and other interested countries plan to respond to the situation in Somalia, but the peacekeeping force option favored by the U.S. is likely to run into opposition from the Islamists now in control of Mogadishu.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The exit of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton removes from that key position a diplomat who lobbied for a robust U.N. peacekeeping force in Sudan's Darfur, a fact that troubles some African observers.Grace Kasyenje of the Uganda-based Great Lakes Institute for Foreign Studies said Bolton's departure would deny the people of Darfur a key voice that sought to bring peace in the region.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - An intelligence partnership between the United States and Africa is the best solution to defeating terrorism across the continent and minimizing security threats against the U.S., according to counter-terrorism experts meeting in Algeria.The military and civilian experts have been in a closed-door meeting in the capital Algiers since Monday to discuss ways of combating terrorism in a region believed to be hospitable to Islamist terrorists because of its vast spaces, porous borders, and a sympathetic population.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - As Islamist forces expand their hold in Somalia and confirm that a man linked to terrorism will be their new leader, neighboring Ethiopia is deploying additional armed forces on its side of their shared border, worried about threats to regional security.The Islamic Court Union (ICU) on Thursday ratified an earlier decision to name Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys as its supreme leader, and on the same day declared its intention to rule all of Somalia, not just the Mogadishu area.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The U.N. Human Rights Council agreed Thursday to hold a special session on the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region, but not before human rights activists in Africa and Europe voiced anger at the body's failure earlier this week to use stronger language to condemn atrocities taking place there.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Following a raid by masked men on Kenyan newspaper offices, the government here is being accused of trying to scare off opponents of President Mwai Kibaki, to make sure he wins a second term despite high levels of public unhappiness with his administration.Kenyans have held demonstrations protesting the vandalism at the offices of The Standard newspaper and its sister television station, KTN. Armed, masked policemen early this month burned thousands of newspapers and damaged computer equipment.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A United States military taskforce set up three years ago to deter terrorism in the turbulent Horn of Africa region and described as a "quiet success story" has rolled out plans to strengthen and expand its presence.The Djibouti-based Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa has extended its lease agreement with the government of the small northeastern African country for another five years -- renewable for a further five years -- and plans to expand its present base, Camp Lemonier, more than five-fold.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The fall of Somalia's Islamists drew mixed reactions in Kenya, a country that is home to a large Somali community and which hosted a peace process that led to the formation of an interim administration.The administration, known as the transitional federal government (TFG), has been unable to locate in Mogadishu before now, but the withdrawal of Islamists from the capital under fire from Ethiopian forces means it may now finally be able to do so.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Humanitarian agencies operating in Sudan's eastern region of Darfur say a lack of security is hindering their activities, but Sudan's Islamist president says a more robust United Nations peacekeeping force will not be allowed in the troubled region for now.