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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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 ) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) rebels are edging closer to a long-delayed agreement that would end the country's main conflict, but a separate conflict in the western Darfur region is raging on.Khartoum and the SPLA have agreed on the remaining issues holding back the signing of the final peace agreement, which could be signed within a week or two, sources said here.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Calling the situation in Sudan's western Dafur region "genocide," U.S. Senator Bill Frist has urged the international community not to miss this opportunity to prevent another holocaust."What is occurring in Sudan is leading to regional instability," the Tennessee Republican t old journalists here. "It needs urgent international attention."Frist did not rule out a military intervention, although he said efforts should first focus on trying to find a political solution to the crisis.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States has launched an initiative to help Kenya improve its capacity to respond to natural and manmade disasters, including terrorist attacks, U.S. Embassy official Leslie Rowe said on Monday.The project is part of a broader program aimed at helping governments in the volatile region cope with disasters, but experts say African suspicions of U.S. motives are hampering the efforts.