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, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Analysts are optimistic that Sudan's comprehensive peace agreement will be signed soon. The optimism follows Thursday's agreement on the country's transition security arrangement, previously seen as the most contentious issue in efforts to resolve the 20 year-old conflict.However, there are fears that elements on both sides could scuttle the progress achieved so far.
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.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - In a move reflecting both a change in political direction and recognition of the growing problem of terrorism, the Kenyan government is transforming an elite security unit.The National Security Intelligence Service (NSIS), which had a controversial political role during the government of former President Daniel arap Moi, will now focus on criminal intelligence and counter-terrorism.
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.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States has expressed optimism that a United Nations peacekeeping force now deployed in Liberia will help restore peace in a nation long seen as the source of instability in the West Africa region.State Department spokesman Richard Boucher, announcing $26 million worth of U.S. logistics and equipment support for the peacekeepers, said that the U.S. expected the U.N. force to disarm combatants and facilitate humanitarian work.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Responding to a growing terror threat, Kenya has established a counter-terrorism center responsible for developing and coordinating counter terrorism strategies in the Horn of Africa and eastern Africa regions. The National Counter-Terrorism Center, headquartered in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi and headed by Brigadier Michael Gichangi, a former Kenyan military intelligence official, is the first of its kind in Africa.It will function under the Kenyan spy agency, the National Security Intelligence Service (NSIS).
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Christian leaders in Kenya have voiced fresh concern after delegates at a commission drafting a new national constitution moved closer to a decision in favor of recognizing Islamic ( shari'a ) law in the country.A committee of the commission that is tasked with handling religious matters in the review process voted overwhelmingly in support of the move.If a similar vote of the entire review commission endorses the decision, shari'a law will become part of Kenya's legal landscape.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - North Korean ballistic missile know-how in Nigerian hands would cause a major shift in the balance of power in Africa and compromise security, a top military analyst here believes.The Nigerian government last week confirmed that talks between Vice President Atiku Abubakar and his visiting North Korean counterpart, Yang Hyong-sop, had dealt with the possibility of Abuja acquiring ballistic missile technology from Pyongyang.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The extension of U.S. trade and diplomatic sanctions against Sudan, along with pegging of increased reconstruction assistance to the outcome of the peace talks, are measures aimed at putting more pressure on the country's warring parties to show a deeper commitment to peace, a regional analyst says.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Although many ordinary Kenyans welcomed President Mwai Kibaki's state visit to the U.S., political analysts here expressed concern that the visit will end up serving American rather than Kenyan interests. Those analysts are calling for a "genuine engagement" between the two nations.Kibaki met with President Bush earlier this week at the White House, where the two leaders praised existing relations between their nations, noted their resolve to fight terrorism and pledged to assist each other on matters of mutual interest.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - U.S. scholars have called for the establishment of a U.S. military command responsible for Africa, although a regional security analyst here says that the existing, comprehensive intelligence and security network in Africa may be adequate.Two fellows at the Heritage Foundation recently suggested that the U.S. set up a military command to direct counter terrorism operations in the continent.
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) - Kenyan Muslims complain that they are the targets of a proposed law to fight terrorism, which is now before the country's parliament.But as opposition to the draft legislation grows, there are fears that if it fails, it could sour relations with the United States and Britain, which are eager to see anti-terrorism legislation in place.The administration of President Mwai Kibaki could also miss out on development credits from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
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.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Four Kenyans accused of bombing an Israeli-owned hotel in November 2002 have gone on trial in Kenya, a proceeding viewed as an important part of Kenya's attempts to improve its security image.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Humanitarian workers in Liberia have warned that thousands of lives may be at risk because of fighting that continues in parts of the country, despite the signing of a power-sharing deal aimed at ending the conflict.Some 60,000 people displaced by earlier fighting between rebels and the government of the now-exiled former president, Charles Taylor, now face a threat from low-intensity fighting in an area northeast of Monrovia, Pierre Mendiharat of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A report released by a UK-based business risk consultancy group Monday named Somalia as one of the most dangerous countries in the world.The "Riskmap" report, by the Control Risks Group, placed Somalia, Burundi and Liberia in the "extreme" risk league; and Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Colombia in the "high" risk category.The U.S., Canada and most of Western Europe were classified "low" risk, although London rated a "medium," along with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Thailand and others.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Efforts to secure peace in Sudan gained a boost Monday with the launch of a newspaper partly funded by the U.S. and designed to encourage a "culture of peace" in the civil war-ravaged country.The fortnightly Sudan Mirror - the divided country's first national newspaper - was launched simultaneously in Sudan, Kenya and Uganda.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - African nations have launched a plan to evaluate how well individual countries on the continent are being governed, in a bid to improve their ability to attract foreign investment.The program hopes to lead to enhanced democracy, improved human rights and healthier investment levels in Africa.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Kenya's Christian leaders have reaffirmed their support for the investigation into the killing of American missionary Fr. John Antony Kaiser and ensure those responsible are brought to justice.The third anniversary of Kaiser's mysterious death was marked Sunday with a rally, where participants reiterated their rejection of the conclusion by Kenya police and FBI investigators that the Catholic priest had committed suicide.