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) - 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, 8:16 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, 8:15 PM EDT
Johannesburg (CNSNews.com) - A former American diplomat currently affiliated with a top African think tank has disputed arguments by anti-war campaigners that the presence of U.S. forces may be linked to conflicts in the continent.An umbrella group called the South African Anti-War Coalition recently announced the launch of a campaign to probe which nations and organizations were profiting from Africa's wars.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Amid fears that war could return to Africa's Great Lakes region following the massacre of 160 Congolese Tutsi refugees in Burundi, the African Union is pressing for the killings to be treated as a terrorist attack.AU leaders said the activities of the Burundi National Liberation Forces (FNL) rebel group, which said it carried out the attack, should be investigated under the Convention on the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism.It urged all member states to impose a travel ban on FNL leaders.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The international community has been shaken by renewed violence in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), a West African nation that until several years ago was regarded as a haven of stability in a politically volatile region.Over the past week, government forces have carried out air attacks against rebels in the north of the country, shattering an 18-month ceasefire agreement and triggering renewed fighting.