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 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) - 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) - 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) - 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
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) - 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 (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) - 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
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) - 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) - 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, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Security experts believe a global inventory of shoulder-launched surface-air-missiles (SAMs) might reduce the threat of terrorists shooting down passenger airliners.The analysts believe thousands of shoulder-launched SAMs already are in the wrong hands, but they believe an inventory could help control any further movement of the weapons.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A World Health Organization program to eradicate polio in Nigeria is in jeopardy after Muslim leaders ordered it halted amid rumors that it was part of a U.S. conspiracy to kill off African Muslims.And with a new outbreak of the crippling disease reported in Nigeria, the setback threatens not just millions of Nigerian children, but millions of others in the wider region.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Africa has edged closer to establishing a home-grown peacekeeping and defense force after defense ministers, meeting under the auspices of the African Union (AU), agreed to a common defense and security policy.During talks on Friday in Ethiopia, the defense chiefs accepted a report proposing the creation of a continent-wide stand-by force.