"Time has come for ensuring that our intelligence gathering systems factor in the Kenyan realities of corruption, tribalism, and the manual nature of our criminals. In other words, our security systems must be designed to anticipate and address the ailments that haunt our national way of doing things," John Walubengo writes in the Daily Nation.
"Since 2011, Kenyan forces allied with Uganda and a handful of other African countries have fought to re-establish Somalia as a bona fide country, ruled by a functioning central government providing a modicum of social services and security to its people. To a surprising degree it has succeeded. It has driven Al Shabab's warlords out of the capital and major cities," Michael Meyer writes in the New York Times.
"[A]s the Westgate atrocity suggests, the radicalization of al-Shabaab under its new hardline leadership may make the final push towards normalization in Somalia the toughest challenge of all. The terrorists are divided and losing ground. But they seem determined to go down fighting," Simon Tisdall writes in the Guardian.
InfoGuide: China's Maritime Disputes
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Bo Xilai Sentenced to Life in Prison
Former Communist Party Politburo member Bo Xilai was found guilty of corruption, embezzlement, and abuse of power, and was sentenced to life in prison (WaPo). Bo was a rising star in the party, but his influence unraveled after his wife was connected to the murder of a British businessman.
CHINA: At least twenty-five people were killed in Guangdong province after typhoon Usagi made landfall (Xinhua). The typhoon damaged 7,100 homes and caused at least $500 million in economic losses.
SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA
Suicide Attack on Pakistani Church Kills Dozens
At least eighty-one people were killed on Sunday when two suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a crowded church in Peshawar (Guardian). The Jundullah wing of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility and threatened further attacks on non-Muslims in Pakistan.
IRAQ: Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region voted this weekend in its first election since 2009 (RFE/RL). Turnout was strong at 73.9 percent, and the Kurdistan Democratic Party is expected to win the most seats in the new parliament.
Sudan's Bashir Plans Trip to U.S. for UN Meeting
Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, who faces two arrest warrants from the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, is seeking a visa to the United States so he can attend the annual UN General Assembly meeting this week (SudanTribune).
President Barack Obama attended a memorial for the victims of last week's mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, saying that "tears are not enough" and change is necessary to reduce "gun violence that unleashes so much mayhem on a regular basis" (LATimes).