“We confronted this evil without flinching, confronted our deep grief and pain, and conquered it.” So said Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta as the Westgate Mall siege appears to have finally ended. More than sixty people were killed and many are still missing in the building where three floors have collapsed.

+ The New Republic’s Eve Fairbanks on Africa’s obsession with shopping malls: “As the Westgate shooting unfolded, a narrative settled that the attackers chose it because it’s frequented by white expats. But the photographs that emerged from the scene showed a different story: An amazingly wide range of people got caught in the crossfire. Attacking a mall struck right at Kenya’s emotional heart, at its new consumer-class vision of itself.”