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) - Humanitarian agencies operating in Sudan's eastern region of Darfur say a lack of security is hindering their activities, but Sudan's Islamist president says a more robust United Nations peacekeeping force will not be allowed in the troubled region for now.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A United States military taskforce set up three years ago to deter terrorism in the turbulent Horn of Africa region and described as a "quiet success story" has rolled out plans to strengthen and expand its presence.The Djibouti-based Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa has extended its lease agreement with the government of the small northeastern African country for another five years -- renewable for a further five years -- and plans to expand its present base, Camp Lemonier, more than five-fold.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The fall of Somalia's Islamists drew mixed reactions in Kenya, a country that is home to a large Somali community and which hosted a peace process that led to the formation of an interim administration.The administration, known as the transitional federal government (TFG), has been unable to locate in Mogadishu before now, but the withdrawal of Islamists from the capital under fire from Ethiopian forces means it may now finally be able to do so.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Democratic gains in Africa may be at risk because of "third term" syndrome -- efforts by some leaders to amend constitutions to extend their tenures in office.Because some leaders are reluctant to relinquish power after their constitutionally mandated two terms in office, African analysts, rights campaigners and others are concerned that Africa may revert to a past dominated by "president-for-life" autocrats.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - President Bush's anti-AIDS initiative has been cited by campaigners in Africa as a key reason for the decline in new HIV/AIDS infections across the continent.Activists attributed the gains both to an abstinence campaign and the increased use of condoms, while the provision of antiretroviral drugs has also helped AIDS patients live productive lives.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States has committed $17 million towards an envisaged peacekeeping force in Somalia, a State Department official said here Friday.The announcement comes as the international community grapples with how to help Somalia maintain stability following the expulsion last month of Islamist forces which had controlled Mogadishu and other parts of the country for the past six months.
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) - 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, 8:16 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."
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.