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) - 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, 8:15 PM EDT
Johannesburg, South Africa (CNSNews.com) - Zimbabwe's government has announced its intention to nationalize all remaining private-owned land, unnerving some people in neighboring South Africa as President Robert Mugabe pushes ahead with his controversial "land reform" program.Land Minister John Nkomo said the new policy was abolishing land title deeds, replacing them with 25- and 99-year government land leases for wildlife and commercial land respectively.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Zimbabwe's government is pushing legislation designed to regulate non-governmental organizations (NGOs), but critics say the measure will severely limit the ability of religious groups to carry out crucial humanitarian and charity work.President Robert Mugabe's administration, which routinely accuses Western governments of plotting against it, argues that the proposed bill is necessary to guarantee state security.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Sudan's pledge to end hostile military flights over the troubled western region of Darfur, a step that has brought new optimism that the deadly conflict may have seen its worst days, came just days before Khartoum was to face U.N. Security Council action.Draft peace accords signed Tuesday come less than a fortnight before a Security Council deadline for Sudan to demonstrate its commitment to ending the 21-month conflict, or face sanctions against its oil industry.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Religious differences between Muslims and Christians will be by far the greatest challenge facing Sudan as it enters a post-conflict transitional phase, in the view of delegates to a religious organization meeting here.The level at which religious differences between the polarized communities are managed will significantly define the nation's future, experts said.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - As a deadline approaches for a decision on whether sanctions should be imposed on Sudan over the Darfur crisis, the African Union has made its position clear, warning that sanctions would be a "real disaster."Aid agencies, meanwhile, say the situation remains serious, with people fleeing the fighting in the western Sudanese region still crossing the border into neighboring Chad.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The departure of Colin Powell as secretary of state is not expected to alter U.S. policy towards Africa but may affect the pace of the peace talks aimed at ending a two decade-long civil war between Sudan's government and southern rebels, an African foreign policy analysts said here."Both sides in the [southern] Sudan conflict respected Powell because he was not a hardliner," said Akasha Alsayyed Akasha, a Kenya-based Sudanese scholar.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Kenyans are crying foul over a decision by Washington to renew cautions to Americans about travel to East Africa, a move that came despite optimism here that they would be lifted, following significant improvements in security.Officials said the advisories would directly affect progress in revamping the tourism sector and the export of horticultural goods to the U.S. and Europe.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - With so much political violence raging on the continent, a leading analyst said African leaders would do well to adopt a common policy on peace and security.David Monyae of the department of international relations at South Africa's Witwatersrand University said a common policy would help Africa win international help and pool together the financial and manpower resources needed to resolve conflicts.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi (CNSNews.com) - With the passing this week of a United Nations deadline for Sudan to restore security to the war-torn Darfur region, Christian leaders in Africa are urging the international community to take stern action against Khartoum for failing to do so.So far, however, no Security Council action is planned, despite attempts by the U.S. and Britain to pursue a tougher line against Sudan.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The warring parties in Sudan's 21-year-long civil war will sign a memorandum of understanding Friday, committing them to signing a comprehensive peace agreement by year's end, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Danforth said here Thursday.Acknowledging that there had been disappointments and delays in the past during a three-year effort to reach that point, Danforth nonetheless voiced cautious optimism.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Invoking the memory of the Rwandan genocide a decade ago, humanitarian agencies are warning that ethnic cleansing of the kind that triggered the carnage in Rwanda is now taking place in Sudan's western Darfur region.There are also fears that the localized violence could upset long running efforts to negotiate an overall peace agreement to end Sudan's costly civil war.They report that Arab militias sponsored by the Islamist government in Khartoum are conducting a campaign to drive out the black population of around six million.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The Zimbabwe government has been widely condemned for shutting down two leading independent newspapers, the latest in a series of moves to clamp down on political opposition to President Robert Mugabe.Meanwhile, differences over strategy are affecting attempts by the international community to isolate Zimbabwe.Police raided and shut down the offices of the Daily News and its Sunday sister paper in Harare, accusing the two newspapers of failing to register with a government commission.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The humanitarian situation in Liberia could worsen amid political disagreements between the head of the transitional government and rebels, some observers fear.Many Liberians are also concerned that if United Nations peacekeeping troops are not bolstered in number and deployed outside the capital city of Monrovia, displaced civilians will not return to their homes because of security fears.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Human rights experts in Africa have called the creation of the African Court of Human and People's Rights a "good idea" and an "important step" in addressing rampant abuses on the continent.Steve Ouma, deputy executive director of Kenya's Human Rights Commission, said the court will help Africa make significant progress but regretted that the court's mechanisms are currently very narrow.The human rights court came into being on Sunday after 15 members of the 53-strong African Union (AU) ratified the protocol creating it.