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) - 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) - 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, 8:16 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."
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Washington wants Sudan's new unity government to do more to improve the situation in strife-torn Darfur before it lifts sanctions against the northeast African country.Former southern rebel leader John Garang was sworn in Saturday as Sudan's first vice president, in line with the comprehensive peace agreement signed by the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and Khartoum last January.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States has announced a $1 million aid package to help meet the needs of Somali victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami.Though dwarfed by the scale of the disaster in South and South-East Asia, Somalia was nonetheless badly affected by the tidal waves generated by a Dec. 26 earthquake some 5,000 kilometers away.About 200 people died and an estimated 54,000 people have been affected, according to the United Nations. Property worth $24 million was destroyed.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Kenya's government is preparing to re-introduce anti-terrorism legislation, which it withdrew last year after complaints that it unfairly targeted Muslims.President Mwai Kibaki confirmed that the Kenya Suppression of Terrorism Bill would be tabled soon in parliament.The move comes after the United States and Israeli governments voiced concern that the East African nation was not doing enough to fight terrorism.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - African churches are gearing up to teach people in war-ravaged southern Sudan about democracy and human rights to better prepare them for the changes ahead, now that the 24-year civil war has been declared over.Teaching southerners civic education will enable them to "own" the peace process, demand accountability of their leaders and guard against further human rights abuses, church leaders said here.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - First lady Laura Bush says she is encouraged by a new attitude towards the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa, which she described as a "courageous" determination to manage the disease and stop its spread.She is on a week-long tour in Africa, visiting AIDS projects sponsored by the U.S. government.In Khayelitsha near Cape Town, South Africa, Mrs. Bush visited a health complex caring for HIV-positive mothers-to-be.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Some Muslim groups in Africa complain that efforts to clamp down on Islamic charities with suspected links to terrorism are part of a U.S.-orchestrated campaign against their religion.Sheikh Hassan Hendricks of the Muslim Judicial Council of South Africa said here that the U.S. needed to establish a "clear-cut" definition of terror-funding, so as to avoid the closure of genuine charitable institutions.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Amid fears that the death of a key player to Sudan's fledgling peace process could cause it to unravel, the United States Monday urged all parties in the country to work for "a unified, prosperous, and peaceful Sudan."Washington also sent two top diplomats to help ensure that the process continues despite the weekend death of John Garang, the former rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) leader who last month assumed the position of first vice president.
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.