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) - The United States has become the first country to establish a permanent diplomatic mission with the African Union, at a time when the U.S. is also planning to set up a new military command responsible for the continent.Cindy L. Courville, a former special assistant to the president and a senior director for African affairs at the National Security Council, will head the mission to be based at the A.U. headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The arrest of alleged war criminal Charles Taylor has drawn mixed reactions in his homeland -- relief that justice may be served, now that Taylor has been turned over to an international tribunal; and concern that loyalists could run amok to avenge his capture.Taylor this week was delivered to the Special Court in Sierra Leone -- the country neighboring his native Liberia -- after Nigerian authorities, under strong diplomatic pressure, foiled Taylor's attempt to flee.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A decision by a violent African rebel group to enter peace talks has provoked a debate over whether the perpetrators of severe rights abuses should escape punishment in the interests of ending a two decade-long conflict.Six senior members of the Ugandan group Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) have been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The LRA is notorious for abducting children and punishing civilians by amputating limbs.
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) - 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) - 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 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, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Uganda has challenged arguments by human rights campaigners who claim that the government's strategy of promoting sexual abstinence ahead of condom use is setting back efforts to combat AIDS.There had been no change in the country's widely-praised program aimed at bringing down the infection rate, a Ugandan diplomat here said, calling the claims' "misrepresentation."
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Kenyans have voted against a proposed new constitution that would have increased the president's powers, allowed the creation of religion-based courts and paved the way for the possible legalization of abortion.The draft constitution was defeated in a 57 to 48 percent vote on Monday, which was the climax of a decade and a half of political agitation for a new constitution.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Some legal experts in Africa are welcoming a U.N. Security Council resolution recommending international prosecution of war criminals in Sudan's Darfur region, but Khartoum continues to reject what it calls an "unfair" decision.African governments also are opposed to the move.Sudan's embassy in Nairobi on Thursday condemned the council, saying in a statement the U.N. body had chosen to ignore an African Union initiative calling for suspected Darfur war criminals to be prosecuted in Khartoum.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - China is taking a stronger foothold in Africa and in some instances overtaking gains made here by the United States, in the view of a number of legal and foreign policy analysts.Their assessment appears to be in line with recent findings by a task force sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, which revealed a growing influence by China in Africa.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Welcoming billions of dollars in pledges for Sudan's reconstruction, development agencies working in the south of the civil war-torn country say they hope the provision of water, education and health facilities will be key priorities.The groups also said donor governments and the two Sudanese authorities should take stringent measure to ensure that funds are not misappropriated.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com ) - The United States is a leading supporter of peacekeeping efforts in Sudan's war torn Darfur region, but campaigners are urging more U.S. involvement in an area where the African Union (A.U.) says violence is worsening.According to new A.U. estimates, at least 400,000 people have died and 2.5 million more have been displaced since conflict between two regional rebel groups and Khartoum started in early 2003.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Fears of civil war continue to run high in the West African nation of Togo, where the United States and others are urging the formation of a national reconciliation government after disputed presidential elections sparked violence.Faure Gnassingbe, son of former dictator Gnassingbe Eyadema who died last February, was declared the winner of this week's elections, having garnered 60 percent of the vote to opposition candidate Bob Akitani's 38 percent.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Wearied by decades of instability, conflict and economic mismanagement, Congolese streamed to polling stations in large numbers to cast votes overwhelmingly in support of a proposed new constitution.Supported by eight out of 10 people, according to preliminary results, the vote should pave the way for democratic elections in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) next year.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - United States Marines and Special Forces are in West Africa for counter-terrorism training with 3,000 African troops amid concerns that terrorists have regrouped in the region.The U.S. European Command (EUCOM) initiated the joint military training, known as Operation Flintlock, which began last week.The joint training comes in wake of a recent attack by Algeria's Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) against a Mauritanian military post. The assault left 15 Mauritanian troops and nine terrorists dead.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A lawmaker here plans to introduce a motion in parliament censuring the United States for withholding some military aid to Kenya because Kenya refused to sign a treaty relating to the International Criminal Court (ICC).The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi confirmed that Washington has frozen $13 million which Kenya planned to use to purchase and mainten military hardware in the 2004-05 fiscal year.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Anglicans in Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda have started a process that could lead to a split within the "mother" Church of England over the homosexuality dispute.Church leaders in Kenya have signed a document on the Anglican Global Initiative (AGI), which envisages the churches forming a new communion separate from American, Canadian and European churches supporting homosexual ordinations and same-sex "marriage."