Kenya is making quick efficient progress in its offensive, as its estimated force of about 2000 push deep inside of Somalia, capturing several towns; killing over 100 militants in the 5 days since the operation begun. Kenyan forces have suffered very little casualties. Most of Kenyas major cites are in the southern half of the country including the capital, Nairobi. The current operations are about 350-400 miles from the capital.
I don't know the African political map all that well. Is Kenya an oasis in the central African chaos?
No, not really, Kenya its neighbors are considered the east, which tends to be more stable then central Africa.
FYI: kenyan has been relativity stable country(apart form 2007/08 election crisis) since independence, and having one of the strongest economies in sub-Saharan Africa. This and good political and economic ties with with some of the g8 countries (especially U.S. and U.K.) have allowed it to acquire, economic aid, infrastructure investment( from china), decent military hardware, and military training. Kenya has good political and economical relations with the "East African Community" countries of : Burundi, ,Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. The 5 countries hope to create a: "Euro-zone" type of union. Apart from the global economic turn down, the Kenyan economy and currency have been burdened by, the USD growing stronger against the Kenyan shilling(Which is do to the economic crisis in the Euro-zone), drought in the Northern less populated half of the country, and the effects on trade and tourism by its governess neighbor, Somalia.
One of Kenya's only major political problems is corruption, other then the that the the government is relatively strong in a non-oppressive way. The country is also a non discriminating friendly country, in fact they are people of Indian and middle eastern decent, europeans, living and working in the country. Kenya has much of the freedoms you would find in the western countries.
I visited Nairobi(captal) in 2010 and its quite a nice little city. With one of the official languages being English, a large percentage of the population speak the language. Because some of culter is westernized especially among younger people. TV, radio, newspapers, all carry a large of mount of (mostly American) English programing, movies, music, text. Most stations that do are broadcaster and published in completely English. DVDs of the latest shows and movies(mostly American) are easily acessable through out the city( for less then $.50); so a lot of the younger people watch what we in the U.S. watch on cable t.v. .... most people who have a place to stay own tvs and dvd players btw.
Going to a local pup, shop, or grocery, store. isnt a big problem since people their are likely to speak English. Fashion in Nairobi is also mostly westernized. The
...and yes the city has "getto" and rundown areas like any other major city.