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) - Europe plans to introduce tighter border controls in the coming weeks in a bid to block illegal migration, identified by the United States as a major risk factor in terrorism threat here.German Federal Interior Minister Dr. Wolfgang Sch?uble said the country is using its presidency of the E.U. to improve operational capability of Frontex, the European Border Management Agency, to tighten security at the bloc's external borders.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - As President Bush begins a visit to Africa Friday, commentators say some of his administration's actions have had a constructive impact on relations, although skepticism remains, particularly in the field of security-related policies.Among the benefits seen are improved governance, education and projects helping AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis patients.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Berlin, Germany (CNSNews.com) - The Group of Eight highly-industrialized nations has launched an initiative to enable selected underdeveloped countries to manufacture drugs to tackle diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.Access to such drugs is often limited because of their high cost.The G8 plan will supplement the 2003 initiative by President Bush to commit $15 billion over five years to fight HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in specified countries in Africa and the Caribbean.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is calling on Kenya's leaders to make compromises to stabilize a country that plays an important regional role in the U.S.-led anti-terrorism war.Rice visited the East African country on Monday to deliver a message from President Bush, who is visiting five African nations --Kenya not among them -- on his second trip to the continent.Bush earlier called on leaders here to consider forming a "grand coalition" to resolve the crisis triggered by a disputed election last December.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Berlin, Germany (CNSNews.com) - Russia's opposition to a U.S. missile defense shield in Eastern Europe stems partly from what the Kremlin perceives as European governments' reneging on a post-Cold War agreement that limited military deployments across the continent, a security analyst said.Peter Zeihan, director of global analysis at the Texas-based private intelligence firm Stratfor, said Russia is not intimidated by the missile interceptors but is suspicious of western countries' intentions in placing them near Russian territory.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A decision by the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee to approve an increase of funding for the fight against HIV-AIDS to $50 billion over five years has been welcomed by people working in the AIDS sector in Africa, where the deadly pandemic has been most costly.The bipartisan bill, which is expected to be debated in the House in March, drops an earlier provision that required specified amounts of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funding to be used for programs promoting abstinence from sex.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Berlin, Germany (CNSNews.com) - European lawmakers are proposing measures to strengthen the fight against a vice that costs Western companies billions of dollars each year and is used by organized criminals to raise funds.Under legislation under consideration in the European Parliament, any infringement of intellectual property rights would be treated as a criminal offense and could carry a $240,000 fine and/or four years' imprisonment.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A threat to bar Kenyan leaders from traveling to the United States was one of the main reasons why calm returned after an eruption of election-related violence early this year, according to U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Michael Ranneberger.Warnings of a visa ban "proved highly effective" in helping the East African country return to normalcy, the ambassador told Cybercast News Service in a Web chat interview.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Berlin, Germany (CNSNews.com) - African governments must do more to tackle conflicts and human rights abuses on that continent if they want to benefit from globalization, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.Merkel, whose country chairs the Group of Eight (G8) leading industrialized nations, told African representatives meeting here that conflicts in Sudan and Somalia and human rights violations in Zimbabwe are affecting how the world views Africa and its ability to cooperate in socioeconomic development programs.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Zimbabwe's security chiefs, including the heads of the army and police, have threatened not to recognize the outcome of the March 29 elections if President Robert Mugabe is defeated, prompting fears of a possible coup.African security analysts said the possibility of an army takeover if Mugabe loses is slim, but that if perceptions of unfair elections leads to violence -- as happened in Kenya earlier this year -- the military could act.And if it does, they say, the African Union would likely stand by and not intervene.
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) - 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) - 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) - 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 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) - 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.