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) - 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.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The Anglican Church in Africa has yet to announce whether it will make good on its threat to sever links with the church in the West over the homosexuality dispute, but a religious scholar here said cutting links with specific dioceses in North America was a more likely outcome.Dr. Constantine Mwikamba of at the University of Nairobi expressed doubt that the Anglican (Episcopalian) church in Africa would cut links with its "mother" church in England.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has indicated that he may not seek re-election when his current term expires in 2008, a move some analysts are attributing to a growth in awareness of democratic values and strengthening of democratic institutions in Africa.Mugabe, who is one of Africa's most controversial rulers, hinted in recent interviews with a Kenyan daily newspaper and a British television channel that he would not run for president in four years' time.Instead, he wanted to get some rest and "do a bit of writing."
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Kenya has urged its regional partners to share intelligence and increase security cooperation in order to reduce the risk of further terrorist attacks.The appeal came shortly after Kenya marked the sixth anniversary of terrorist bombings on United States embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam, the capital of neighboring Tanzania.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - As the realization that President Bush will be in the White House for another four years sinks in, political leaders and academics have largely reacted pessimistically.Setting the tone, Kenyan Vice President Moody Awori said the world should expect to see "more dictatorship on an international scale and more extremism" as a result of Bush's re-election."We are going to see even more isolationism where America will not bother about the United Nations," Awori said. "To me that is a very sad affair."
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Two decades of civil war appears to be over in Sudan, where the warring parties have agreed on most of the outstanding issues that had blocked the signing of a final peace deal.The Sudanese government and the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) signed three power-sharing and administration protocols late Wednesday, following two years of negotiation.The deal, which gives southern Sudan more of a say in their government, was ironed out after last-minute negotiations that went on until the early hours of Thursday morning.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Pro-life activists in Africa are stepping up efforts against moves to legalize abortion, while campaigning for medical practitioners in those countries where abortion is legal to have the right to refuse to perform them.In Kenya, the Catholic Pro-life Movement is organizing nationwide demonstrations, starting this Saturday, to promote public awareness of the sanctity of human life.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A carnival mood overtook a tiny village in Kenya's Nyanza province this week as news filtered back that Barack Obama had been elected to the U.S. Senate.The new senator from Illinois, who delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention and is considered a rising star in the party, is the son of a Kenyan economist who died in a 1992 road accident in Nairobi.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Johannesburg (CNSNews.com) - A former American diplomat currently affiliated with a top African think tank has disputed arguments by anti-war campaigners that the presence of U.S. forces may be linked to conflicts in the continent.An umbrella group called the South African Anti-War Coalition recently announced the launch of a campaign to probe which nations and organizations were profiting from Africa's wars.