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) - 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.
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, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A controversy over a new constitution for Kenya has attracted the attention of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, which has advised politicians to end the uncertainty threatening to erode the gains Kenya has made since a change of government 16 months ago.U.S. Ambassador William Bellamy said that although Washington took a neutral stance on Kenya's internal politics, it shared the concern of most Kenyans that the country has a stable and democratic government.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The Sudanese government has denied an international human rights group's charges that it has an official policy of supporting a notorious militia operating in the war-torn Darfur region.New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) says it has obtained copies of Sudanese government documents providing evidence of official support for the militia known as the Janjaweed.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has voiced optimism that the Sudanese government will succumb to outside pressure to expand the size of an African Union peacekeeping force deployed in the country's war-torn Darfur region.Speaking to reporters in Washington after a visit to Darfur, Andrew Natsios said there was unanimous opinion that the presence of the current force, despite its modest size, was having a beneficial effect.