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) - Sudan has backed down over a decision to bar United Nations humanitarian coordinator Jan Egeland from visiting the Darfur region, but aid groups say the government's actions call into further question its commitment to resolve the crisis.Egeland's flight into Sudan was denied authorization to land over the weekend. He was scheduled to make a five-day trip to assess the humanitarian situation, pledge further assistance to relief agencies and draw further international attention to the three-year-old ethnic conflict.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Eastern Africa could be entering a period of new instability, sparked by a conflict in Somalia that has already drawn in Ethiopia and Eritrea, regional analysts warned.Ethiopia is threatening to send troops across the border into Somalia to defend the country's transitional government from resurgent Islamist forces, The U.N. and others claim some Ethiopian troops have already entered Somalia, although Addis Ababa denies this.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Amid reports that the U.S. military has killed a key terrorist in Somalia linked to the 1998 bombing of American embassies in East Africa, some Kenyans welcomed the news, while Islamic leaders threatened violent retaliation and human rights activists called the action "unacceptable."Somali authorities have been quoted as saying that Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, wanted for allegedly planning the deadly bombings in the Kenyan and Tanzanian capitals, was killed in an air strike in southern Somalia on Sunday.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The Arab League is partly to blame for Khartoum's opposition to the establishment of a United Nations peacekeeping force in Sudan's Darfur region, according to political analysts and Sudanese non-governmental groups based in Western countries.Despite the Sudanese government's objections, however, the U.N., United States and African Union are pressing ahead with diplomatic efforts aimed at setting up a U.N. force.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The international community should speed up efforts to prevent terrorist groups from using the proceeds from illicit diamond trade to finance their activities and launder their funds, campaigners say.A Nairobi-based African affairs analyst, Adan Mohamed, said it was "very likely" that groups like Hizballah still use the trade to raise additional revenue."Nothing much has happened in putting mechanisms in place to prevent diamond trade from being used to clean dirty cash or finance conflicts," he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Two years after a peace agreement brought Sudan's long and costly civil war to an end, social progress in southern Sudan is being affected by corruption, security problems, and tribal tensions over oil revenue sharing, analysts say.While much attention remains focused on the ongoing conflict in Sudan's western Darfur region, South Sudan is marking the second anniversary of the peace deal between Sudan's People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and Khartoum.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The Islamist government of Sudan is using the war-ravaged Darfur region as a lunching pad to destabilize the broader region, the leader of neighboring Chad has charged.President Idriss Deby said a United Nations force should deploy in Darfur to help check Khartoum's military advances, which threatened to spread conflict beyond Sudan's borders.Deby has accused Sudan of links to rebels who are fighting to overthrow him and who launched a recent attack in the Chadian capital, N'Djamena.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The violence in the Middle East has sparked some concern that Hizballah may seek to expand its war against Israel by targeting Israeli facilities in Africa.The security intelligence consulting group Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor) recently said that if Hizballah did choose to attack Israel elsewhere, it would likely target developing countries with strong ties with Israel.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - New peacekeeping challenges for Somalia are emerging even as a senior United States diplomat in East Africa expressed concern about delays in the deployment of a proposed Africa Union-led force.Analysts are also worried about the implications for the peacekeeping mission posed by Islamist Sudan's imminent chairmanship of the 53-member African body.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A group of former African presidents is discussing ways of improving the continent's image among Americans.Meeting at Wits University in Johannesburg, the ex-leaders spoke about the need for developing strategies to counter negative media coverage.Major media outlets should be urged to cover Africa in a more "fair and balanced" way, said former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The pace of a controversial program aimed at redistributing agricultural land in South Africa has come under heavy criticism, but social reform experts say they do not foresee a Zimbabwe-style land invasion in the country.Initiated after South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994, the "land reform" program is supposed to redistributeg 30 percent of white-owned commercial farmland to black South Africans by 2014, to help redress injustices of white minority rule.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - As anti-globalization activists meet inside Kenya's Chinese-built sports complex, Africans are mulling whether globalization has been a positive or negative force in their lives.Nairobi is this week hosting the seventh World Social Forum (WSF), an annual event organizers paint as a counter to the World Economic Forum, and as an opportunity to propose "democratic alternatives to imperialist globalization."The event has not drawn significant public or local media attention here, and some Kenyans are bemused by it all.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - An attempt to amend Nigeria's constitution to allow President Olusegun Obasanjo to run for a third five-year term could have disastrous implications for West African stability, African political analysts have warned.The U.S. Embassy in Abuja has also cautioned against the move.Although Obasanjo has not himself stated explicitly that he would run for a third term, the move to change the constitution to allow for such a move has raised concern.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Amid reports that displaced women are being raped, private property plundered, and relief agencies attacked, Sudan's Islamist government is refusing to reverse its opposition to the entry of U.N. peacekeepers in the Darfur region.President Bush is sending a senior envoy, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer, to Khartoum on Friday in a bid to persuade the authorities to reconsider.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A deadly new strain of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis that is especially infectious to people who are HIV-positive, is threatening to overwhelm Africa's health systems and its spread, according to health practitioners here.The strain, known as XDR-TB (extreme drug resistant tuberculosis), has already caused panic in South Africa where the government says it has caused the deaths of 74 people.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Journalists in Africa have been urged to stop protecting despotic regimes and do more to champion citizens' desire for democracy."The media in Africa needs to be the pillar of truth, progression and democracy," Prof Freida Brown, vice-chancellor of the U.S. International University (USIU) in Nairobi, told African journalists here during a three-day conference organized by State Department.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Johannesburg, South Africa (CNSNews.com) - Africa's growth is being affected by the decision of global lenders and donors to compel African countries to liberalize their markets without reciprocal concessions from developed economies, according to U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.)."Lack of access for Africa's agriculture and commodities has restricted an important engine of economic growth," Obama told Kenyans in a live televised address during an African tour this week.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Decades after in vitro fertilization (IVF) was first used successfully in the West, the birth of two "test tube" babies in Kenya last week has generated widespread debate, even in traditional communities.The Catholic Church spearheaded criticism of what it called an artificial procedure, while Protestants, Muslims and others welcomed the technology, saying it not only enabled childless couples to conceive, but would also help Africans develop a better understanding of human life.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A just-concluded visit to two key African countries by Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen here as an attempt to restore the Kremlin's global influence.Russia wants to establish itself as the primary driver of the world's energy market, especially at a time of political instability in the Middle East, a foreign policy analyst said here. Africa is seen as a growing energy market and supplier.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The African Union''s human rights body has condemned Zimbabwe''s human rights record, and analysts say African leaders will have a chance to demonstrate how serious they are in dealing with Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe during the AU Summit later this month.The African Commission for Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) released a stinging report on human rights situation in the southern African country, saying the regime there is abusing human rights "with impunity."