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) - 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.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A new U.S.-funded AIDS treatment and caring center, located in a middle-class neighborhood of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, aims to serve thousands of poor Kenyans who cannot afford lifesaving anti-retroviral drugs.The center is one of several in Africa that are benefiting from President Bush's $15 billion Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS."Today, we celebrate the arrival of hope. This center is a model for Africa," U.S. ambassador to Kenya William Bellamy said at the facility's opening ceremony on Tuesday evening.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The recurring conflict between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria could worsen and threaten the stability of Africa's most populous nation, said one African who studies conflict and peace issues.But many factors other than religion also are contributing to the tensions, said George Wachira, executive director of Nairobi Peace Initiative-Africa, a non-governmental organization.Wachira likened the bloodshed in Nigeria to the long-running conflict in Sudan, which he said was prompted by "religious intrusion into state matters."
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."
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Anglican Church leaders in Africa have decided they will no longer send priests to the United States and Europe for training, so as not to expose them to teachings that condone same-sex "marriage" and ordination of homosexuals."We have to find ways of developing our own theology," Archbishop Peter Akinola, the head of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa, told a summit of 300 bishops meeting in Lagos, Nigeria.