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, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The departure of Colin Powell as secretary of state is not expected to alter U.S. policy towards Africa but may affect the pace of the peace talks aimed at ending a two decade-long civil war between Sudan's government and southern rebels, an African foreign policy analysts said here."Both sides in the [southern] Sudan conflict respected Powell because he was not a hardliner," said Akasha Alsayyed Akasha, a Kenya-based Sudanese scholar.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Invoking the memory of the Rwandan genocide a decade ago, humanitarian agencies are warning that ethnic cleansing of the kind that triggered the carnage in Rwanda is now taking place in Sudan's western Darfur region.There are also fears that the localized violence could upset long running efforts to negotiate an overall peace agreement to end Sudan's costly civil war.They report that Arab militias sponsored by the Islamist government in Khartoum are conducting a campaign to drive out the black population of around six million.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - With so much political violence raging on the continent, a leading analyst said African leaders would do well to adopt a common policy on peace and security.David Monyae of the department of international relations at South Africa's Witwatersrand University said a common policy would help Africa win international help and pool together the financial and manpower resources needed to resolve conflicts.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi (CNSNews.com) - With the passing this week of a United Nations deadline for Sudan to restore security to the war-torn Darfur region, Christian leaders in Africa are urging the international community to take stern action against Khartoum for failing to do so.So far, however, no Security Council action is planned, despite attempts by the U.S. and Britain to pursue a tougher line against Sudan.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The warring parties in Sudan's 21-year-long civil war will sign a memorandum of understanding Friday, committing them to signing a comprehensive peace agreement by year's end, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Danforth said here Thursday.Acknowledging that there had been disappointments and delays in the past during a three-year effort to reach that point, Danforth nonetheless voiced cautious optimism.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Two newly unveiled, Africa-driven initiatives have raised hopes here that a tragedy on the scale of the genocidal conflict which erupted in Rwanda 10 years ago this month will never be repeated.The African Union (AU) has established a peacekeeping and defense force and a court of human and people's rights, two institutions which Kenyan-based political scholar Akasha Alsayeed Akasha said constituted a significant milestone in efforts to prevent Africa's perennial civil conflicts.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Sudanese refugees living in Kenya are optimistic that Colin Powell's visit to Sudan - the first by a U.S. secretary of state in 26 years - will place sufficient pressure on Khartoum to speed up resolution of deadly conflicts in their homeland.Powell Wednesday assessed the humanitarian situation in Sudan's western Darfur region, where the Arab government and allied tribal militia are waging a war against black African civilians.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi (CNSNews.com) - Relations between the U.S. and two African countries long identified with instability and terrorism are improving, and prospects for a more stable future in Libya and Somalia are looking better today than they have in decades.Washington and Tripoli are edging towards resumption of full diplomatic relations, while lawmakers in a new Somalia parliament are calling for America's blessing on their efforts to end 13 years of anarchy.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States has urged nations meeting in Kenya to review progress in eliminating civilian landmine casualties to expand the focus to include eliminating types of mines that pose a greater risk to humanity, but are not subject to the current review.Officials representing more than 140 nations are meeting to review action on the Ottawa Convention, the treaty banning anti-personnel mines, which entered into force in 1999.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) was poised Friday to win its largest majority yet, hovering just under the 70 percent mark in the country's third democratic election.With 88 percent of votes counted Friday morning, the ANC held 69.6 percent of the vote, with the opposition Democratic Alliance far behind with 12.7 percent. No other party made double figures.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Cash-strapped African airlines are worried that they may be squeezed out of the international air transportation market because of the need for expensive security measures to protect passenger aircraft against terror attacks.The main concern for many companies is the cost of installing anti-missile defense systems on aircraft."It is expensive for Africa," said Tshepo Peege, president of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), a body of the African Union which advises governments on aviation policy issues.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Arab nations and Muslim groups have rejected any move to impose sanctions on Sudan, where U.N. officials say Arab militias responsible for atrocities against Africans are now guarding camps where displaced victims of the violence are living. The U.N. Security Council at the weekend adopted a resolution warning that it "will envisage" sanctions against the Sudanese oil industry unless Khartoum ends attacks on civilians in its western region of Darfur.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States has voiced strong opposition to any move by the small central African nation of Rwanda to take military action against its giant western neighbor, the Democratic Republic of Congo.Accusing the United Nations of acting too slowly to disarm rebels sheltering in the DRC, Rwanda's government has warned it may send armed forces across the border to its neighbor's eastern area, a move that could threaten the region's fragile peace efforts.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The rift between leaders of the Anglican Church in Africa and their counterparts in the United States appears to be widening, with a decision by African clergy to consider severing links with U.S. dioceses and missionaries supporting the consecration of homosexual bishops.The move will have a price, as the African leaders will also refuse any financial support from such churches.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Western diplomats in Nairobi have voiced concern about a resurgence of confrontational politics and high-level corruption in Kenya, a country that just 18 months ago moved out from under the shadow of former dictator Daniel arap Moi.President Mwai Kibaki's administration has been facing violent street demonstrations over its refusal to enact a new constitution and its failure to push ahead with investigations into a multimillion dollar financial scandal allegedly involving cabinet ministers.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - An African-based investment analyst says further rises in global oil prices are likely, given the growing possibility of civil war in the world's sixth-largest oil producer, Nigeria.Peter Wachira of the U.S. investment group AIG East Africa said instability in Nigeria had had an instantaneous impact on the price of crude oil, which passed the record $50 a barrel mark Tuesday. Price rises could continue if a solution to the political crisis in the West African nation is not found.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Security experts in Africa want governments to speed up the passage of laws against money laundering, saying the practice is draining resources, distorting financial systems and funding crime and terrorism.Only half of the 15 countries in eastern and southern Africa have adopted anti-money laundering legislation, said Charles Goredema, a senior research fellow at the South Africa-based security research group, the Institute for Security Studies.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A Kenyan anti-AIDS organization has welcomed a new U.S. initiative prompting abstinence as the best means to combat the epidemic in East Africa and the Caribbean -- but it says the measure should be accompanied by funding to help younger people find something constructive to do.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A new Congressionally sanctioned report recommends that the United States engage more with Africa's 300 million Muslims, but a political analyst here says such a move will only succeed if it focuses on easing suspicion between the U.S. and Muslims."Any American initiative for Muslims must be under the control of Muslim organizations so that the Muslims are not suspicious of American intentions," said Akasha Alsayeed Akasha, a Nairobi-based Sudanese scholar.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A number of African nations have improved their capacity to combat terrorism by setting up security systems and passing legislation, and the U.S. military also is quietly providing training to armies in parts of the continent.According to a new study by the South African-based Institute of Security Studies (ISS), countries like Algeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa are now better equipped to deal with terrorism.