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 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.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Amid fears that war could return to Africa's Great Lakes region following the massacre of 160 Congolese Tutsi refugees in Burundi, the African Union is pressing for the killings to be treated as a terrorist attack.AU leaders said the activities of the Burundi National Liberation Forces (FNL) rebel group, which said it carried out the attack, should be investigated under the Convention on the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism.It urged all member states to impose a travel ban on FNL leaders.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The international community has been shaken by renewed violence in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), a West African nation that until several years ago was regarded as a haven of stability in a politically volatile region.Over the past week, government forces have carried out air attacks against rebels in the north of the country, shattering an 18-month ceasefire agreement and triggering renewed fighting.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - With Sudan peace talks dragging on, the United States has proposed a solution to overcome what may be the final hurdle standing in the way of an agreement to end Africa's most costly civil war.The U.S. wants the oil-rich area of Abyei to be granted interim self-administering status pending a referendum to determine whether it should join the Islamic north or the mostly Christian and animist south.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Ahead of Rwanda's first elections since the 1994 genocide, some fear that the sensitive issue of ethnicity may be exploited by the candidates.The U.S. and other governments have also expressed concern about reports of intimidation in the run-up to next Monday's presidential election. Parliamentary elections will be held next month.Analysts are optimistic that the elections in the tiny central African country will strengthen coexistence between the Hutu majority and Tutsi minority.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Homosexuals in Uganda are campaigning to have their government make constitutional changes to decriminalize homosexual activity.A group representing Ugandan homosexuals has told the government that if it does not meet their demands for legal protection and recognition, it will form a political party to cater to homosexuals' interests.Under Ugandan law, homosexuals may be charged for unnatural offences.