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) - Security experts in Africa called on governments to speed up moves to pass 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 put in place anti-money laundering legislation, said Charles Goredema, senior research fellow at the South Africa-based security research group, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS).
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.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Stung by a recent court ruling in favor of same-sex "marriage," Christian leaders in South Africa are calling for a national referendum on the controversial issue.They argue that homosexuality not only contravenes the Bible, but also is rejected by a majority of South Africans.South Africa's Supreme Court recently ruled that the common-law definition of marriage, which excludes homosexuals and lesbians, contravened the country's ultra-liberal constitution.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The movement of people through Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania will soon be made more secure with the introduction of measures such as fingerprinting and photography, as part of a U.S.-sponsored effort to combat terrorism in East Africa.Regional security officials meeting in Uganda agreed on a range of techniques to keep tabs on people's movements and to enhance inter-border communication.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Kenya's government has reacted with concern and surprise over the kidnapping of three Kenyan civilians in Iraq, and said it hoped to secure their release through dialogue. Foreign ministry officials here said the kidnappers should release the three unconditionally, stressing that Kenya does not have any interests in Iraq."These are innocent Kenyans who have been trying to earn a living," said Foreign Affairs deputy minister Moses Wetangula. "We have never taken sides in the Iraq conflict."
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A politician described as an ally of the U.S.-led war against terrorism has been elected the new president of Somalia, a war-torn country that has had no central government for a decade and has been viewed by the U.S. as a haven for terrorists.Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, 69, was elected Sunday by Somalia's new 275-member transitional parliament in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Human rights campaigners have warned that another humanitarian disaster looms in Africa, this time in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where ordinary people have been caught up in a week of fresh fighting between the army and mutinous soldiers.About 180,000 people in the country's eastern regions, mostly women and children, have already been displaced, and looting is widespread, according to the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Pro-life activists in Kenya have rejected suggestions that Kenya should legalize abortion, following the release of new figures on the number of women who die as a result of "unsafe" abortions.International Projects Assistance Services (IPAS), an organization working to promote "sexual and reproductive rights" around the world, has released a new report saying that 300,000 abortions are performed every year in Kenya, resulting in the deaths of about 2,600 women.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States has pledged to continue military assistance to the Ugandan government, which has achieved successes in its war against armed rebels.But the aid will depend on Uganda's ongoing relationships with its neighbors.Washington resumed military assistance to the East African nation during the past year, after Uganda withdrew forces from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Kenyan ecologist and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Prof. Wangari Maathai is urging American voters to make a choice that will reflect a reassessment of the war on terrorism and ensure that the U.S. supports the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.Her comments are effectively an endorsement for Sen. John Kerry, since President Bush withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol shortly after taking office in 2001.Kerry is widely portrayed as Kyoto-friendly, although he too has concerns about the treaty that have drawn little media attention.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Humanitarian assistance has started flowing into Somalia's tsunami-hit areas after initial reluctance by relief agencies to venture into the unstable Horn of Africa nation, the Somali presidential spokesman has confirmed.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The election of Sudan to the top U.N. human rights body despite its documented history of human rights abuses, including slavery, was likely the result of an African "rebellion" against U.S. policies, according to a regional legal expert.Speaking in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, Amollo Otiende of the International Commission of Jurists said Sudan or any other country involved in rights abuses should not be elected to the U.N. Commission for Human Rights (UNCHR).
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The humanitarian situation in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region is not improving despite an increase in the number of relief groups working in the area, according to the international medical charity agency Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF).MSF head Dr. Rowan Gillies, who spent a month working in the clinics and camps in Darfur, said there was widespread suffering, inadequate relief efforts and continuing violence.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Africans have mixed views on the U.S. presidential contenders, depending on how they see U.S. policies of the past four years having affected Africa.Some Kenyans interviewed here said they would prefer Sen. John Kerry to win because they regard some Bush administration policies in a dim light.Winluck Wahiu of the Kenyan branch of the International Commission of Jurists -- a legal body focused on human rights issues -- said the strategy of the U.S. global war on terrorism had caused friction between U.S. and Africa.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - African foreign policy analysts are not expecting significant changes in U.S. policy toward the continent during the second Bush term, but they are taking a wait-and-see approach.Chris Abong'o of the University of Nairobi said here that while Condoleezza Rice's appointment as U.S. secretary of state would not necessarily change American policy towards Africa, she may introduce a bigger focus on gender issues in U.S.-Africa relations.
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.