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, 8:16 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."
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."
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, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Kenya has urged its regional partners to share intelligence and increase security cooperation in order to reduce the risk of further terrorist attacks.The appeal came shortly after Kenya marked the sixth anniversary of terrorist bombings on United States embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam, the capital of neighboring Tanzania.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - As the realization that President Bush will be in the White House for another four years sinks in, political leaders and academics have largely reacted pessimistically.Setting the tone, Kenyan Vice President Moody Awori said the world should expect to see "more dictatorship on an international scale and more extremism" as a result of Bush's re-election."We are going to see even more isolationism where America will not bother about the United Nations," Awori said. "To me that is a very sad affair."
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has indicated that he may not seek re-election when his current term expires in 2008, a move some analysts are attributing to a growth in awareness of democratic values and strengthening of democratic institutions in Africa.Mugabe, who is one of Africa's most controversial rulers, hinted in recent interviews with a Kenyan daily newspaper and a British television channel that he would not run for president in four years' time.Instead, he wanted to get some rest and "do a bit of writing."