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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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."
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) - 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) - Voters in the Comoros - an island nation in the Indian Ocean -- have elected as president an Islamic cleric who was educated in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. Some are concerned that he may introduce Islamic law, support extremism and provide diplomatic support to despotic Islamic states at the U.N.President Ahmed Abdallar Mohammed Sambi's background has given rise to media speculation in Africa that he may pursue an anti-Western stance and end the country's support for the U.S.-led anti-terrorism war.
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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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.