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, 8:18 PM EDT
Berlin, Germany (CNSNews.com) - German authorities are increasing security around the country, expecting protests against a Group of Eight summit to be held here next month. Among other things, the G8 leaders will consider a proposal to help African nations set up a peacekeeping force.The gathering of leaders of the world's most highly industrialized nations will be held at the Baltic Sea resort of Heiligendamm on June 6-8.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Sixteen thousand children in Kenya and Tanzania and Mozambique will be involved in the largest-ever medical trial of its kind in Africa later this year, as developers of a vaccine for malaria carry out a final test following earlier successes.Almost a million malaria deaths are recorded every year in sub-Saharan Africa, mostly among children. World Malaria Day is being marked around the globe on Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - With the "globalization" of terrorism and crime, Africa faces a growing risk of an Islamist terror attack involving weapons of mass destruction, foreign and security experts said here.The comments followed a recent donation by the United States of WMD detection equipment to the government of Kenya."We cannot say we are safe from such and such kind of attack," said Dr. Charles Mwaura of the University of Nairobi. "We cannot ignore some categories of terrorism risk. It can happen here, it can happen anywhere."
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - When the African Union website opens, a welcome message declares that "Africa must unite." But while such sentiment may be growing, an initiative to move the continent towards a formal union has failed.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - In a clear rebuke over the ongoing conflict in Darfur, the African Union has denied Sudanese dictator President Omar Bashir the 53-nation body's rotating chairmanship.The decision came at an A.U. summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where the chairmanship of the continent's most important grouping went instead to Ghana's democratically elected leader, President John Kufuor.At its last summit, held in Khartoum in January 2006, the A.U. agreed that the position would go this year to Bashir.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Some sections of the global Anglican Church opposed to the consecration of homosexual bishops will stay away from next summer's Lambeth Conference, a once-a-decade meeting of bishops from around the world, Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi of Kenya has confirmed.The conference in England is where policy issues that will guide the Anglican Church for the next decade are decided.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - African governments will continue to embrace China as it deepens its involvement in the continent, because unlike Western nations, Beijing does not interfere with their internal affairs, African political analysts said here.Chinese President Hu Jintao is currently on his eight-nation trip to Africa, which he said is meant to "consolidate mutual relations" between Africa and China.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Thousands of East Africans are heading to Iraq and Afghanistan to work in various armed roles, hired by American companies contracted to offer support services to the U.S.-led military missions there.This is believed to be the first time that large-scale recruitment by such companies is being undertaken in this region. It involves recruitment of men and women with previous military training or law enforcement experience.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - African observers are hoping that the U.S. military's planned new Africa Command will not only serve America security interests in the continent, but will also play a part in helping Africans handle conflicts and calamities.Mohamed Guyo, director of the Institute of Security Studies (ISS) in Nairobi, a human security think-tank, and other Africans who spoke to Cybercast News Service said they hoped the new command would also help to strengthen democracies here.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's verbal attack on the leaders of the United States and Britain is a sign of desperation at a time the southern African country's economic situation remains dire, analysts here said.Addressing the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Thursday, Mugabe demanded that President Bush and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown keep out of Zimbabwe's affairs.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A report charging that the Pentagon's proposed new U.S. Africa Command will be used to train militaries in West Africa's oil triangle so they can protect the resource on behalf of America has been dismissed here as baseless.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Analysts in Kenya are debating whether their country, an ally of the United States in the campaign against terror, could shift direction if December presidential elections are won by a candidate who enjoys strong support among Muslims.Opinion polls show opposition candidate Raila Odinga has come from behind to lead the race against incumbent President Mwai Kibaki, who has been in power since 2003 and is seeking a second and final five-year term. A third candidate has single-digit support.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Conservative Anglican leaders in Africa say they have done what is "humanly possible" to avoid a split from their U.S. counterparts ahead of a September deadline for liberals in the American church to follow orthodoxy on the issue of homosexuality.When the Sept. 30 deadline arrives, Archbishop of Nigeria Peter Akinola told Cybercast News Service, the U.S. Episcopal Church (ECUSA) leaders will have to make a decision as to whether they will stop blessing same-sex unions and consecrating homosexual bishops.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Washington views constitutional reform as one of the best ways to avoid future conflict in Kenya, traditionally one of Africa's most stable democracies. Kenya is now on the verge of civil war, just days following a still-unresolved presidential election dispute.The violence here has strained national security systems. Some security analysts believe terrorists could take advantage of the situation to revive dormant cells or even launch new attacks against foreign facilities from Kenyan soil.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A shortage of genuine democracy in Africa will hamper the effectiveness of an African "standby force" being established to pre-empt conflicts and support peace efforts, a leading conflict management researcher here has warned.Mohammed Guyo, who heads the conflict management program at the Institute of Security Studies in Kenya, said the failure by some African countries to adhere to the rule of law may see the force being used on missions that do not benefit society.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - For many Kenyans, the race for the Democratic nomination in the U.S. presidential election has sparked much greater-than-usual interest, partly because Barack Obama's father was a Kenyan.Commentators here say that in past American election cycles, Africans have been more interested in the presidential contest than the in the primaries."I think the last time I saw this kind of interest in the American electoral process was when [former President Bill] Clinton was going for his second term," said Jotham Kabuye, a Nairobi attorney.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The head of the African Union has for the first time in the bloc's history broken its "see no evil" policy with regard to Zimbabwe -- a sign that the continent's leaders are losing patience with President Robert Mugabe's regime.The A.U. said armed attacks on opposition (Movement for Democratic Change) leaders and supporters in the capital, Harare, earlier this week were an embarrassment to the continent.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Under pressure from the international community and facing unspecified warnings from the United States, Kenya's political rivals Thursday agreed to a power-sharing deal to end a violent, two-month-old conflict.President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga, whose supporters accused Kibaki of rigging last December's election, agreed to a formula that appoints Odinga to the post of prime minister and allows for a shared cabinet.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Berlin, Germany (CNSNews.com) - Plans by the European Union to develop a system that will give law enforcement agencies access to DNA and other personal data of the bloc's citizens are raising privacy concerns but also being welcomed as a critical step in fighting terrorism and other crimes."It is an affront on personal privacy," said Peter Hustinx, who holds the title of European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The decision by a former finance minister and senior member of Zimbabwe's ruling party to challenge President Robert Mugabe in elections next month has caused a ripple of excitement in the cash-strapped southern African country.Simba Makoni pledged to defeat Mugabe in the March 29 election, ending a 28-year rule characterized in latter years by growing repression and economic collapse. He told a press conference in Harare that he was standing as an independent candidate.On Wednesday, the ruling ZANU-PF party expelled Makoni.