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 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.
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.