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) - 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) - 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) - 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, 8:16 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.
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.