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) - 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.
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) - 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) - 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) - 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, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Somalia's new transitional government is trying to relocate from its temporary base in Kenya to its natural home in Mogadishu but is faced with what intelligence officials and diplomats say is a formidable challenge posed by terrorists and other armed groups.The U.S., whose peacekeepers withdrew from Somalia after a failed mission in the mid-1990s, is not directly involved in current efforts to restore stability but is involved in counter-terror operations in the broader region.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi (CNSNews.com) - Washington has pledged to work with the new government of Mauritania, despite condemning the military coup that bought it to power earlier this month.Analysts here attribute the move to a U.S. desire to ensure that the fight against terrorism in the Sahel region continues.The new government will not, however, receive $150 million in U.S. military aid. It also will be expected to stick to its stated intention of holding democratic elections within the next two years.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A continuing media clampdown in Zimbabwe has prompted fresh concerns among journalists in Africa that other repressive regimes on the continent may follow suit.Mitch Odero, the head of the Media Council of Kenya, said the harassment of media organizations by President Robert Mugabe's government was even more worrying than it would otherwise be, because none of the neighboring countries appeared to be particularly concerned.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Kenyan Christian leaders are urging their congregations to oppose a forthcoming vote on a new constitution for the East African nation because the proposed document gives recognition to Islamic (shari'a) law.Under Kenya's existing constitution, shari'a courts (also known as "Kadhi courts," after the title of the presiding officer) are allowed to adjudicate in matters of family and succession relating to the Muslim minority, although not in criminal disputes.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A push by the United Nations Security Council for an international tribunal to punish the perpetrators of atrocities in Sudan's Darfur region is being resisted by the African Union, which says the matter should be handled internally.Prodded by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, the Security Council on Monday held a session to discuss the possible strengthening of peacekeeping efforts in Darfur, the question of sanctions, and ways to hold accountable those accused of crimes against humanity.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - African countries are joining forces to crack down on terrorists and criminals, a move deemed necessary to deny terrorists safe haven on the continent."Some of the most recent terror attacks like the London bombings had some African link. It is increasingly becoming clearer that Africa must do more to break down the infrastructure the terrorists are finding useful here," said Cyprian Mugo, a Nairobi-based security expert.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - African leaders are unlikely to criticize Zimbabwe for state-supported intimidation against opposition supporters ahead of March 31 polls because they quietly approve of President Robert Mugabe for nationalizing formerly white-owned commercial farms, a political analyst said here."Most African leaders wanted to follow this policy [of nationalizing farms] in the past but were held back by fear, so they admire what Mugabe is doing," said Dr. Egambi Dalizu, a political scientist at the University of Nairobi.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Washington has praised the people of the small African nation of Liberia for elections aimed at ushering in an era of peace and development following a 14-year civil war.A U.S. delegation, led by Assistant Secretary of State Jendayi Frazer, praised what it called "well-equipped and well-organized voting operations" conducted by Liberian officials during a first round of voting.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The possibility that African nations may secure two permanent seats on a revamped United Nations Security Council has prompted lobbying by four nations that are vying for the honor."It's a major achievement. It increases Africa's recognition as a major player in global politics," said Chris Abong'o of the University of Nairobi's Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - African women are hailing the election of Africa's first female president in Liberia, a development they see as a second, rare victory for African women in less than a month.The first victory occurred when Africans accepted a procedure for implementing common national laws that will boost the rights of women in a region where campaigners say abuses are rife.
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."