Absent from most of the mainstream American media was an examination of exactly what role the U.S. has played in Somalia over the past decade.
If you want to understand why our government is so worked up about Ukraine, a good place to start is with U.S. actions in Yugoslavia some 25 years ago.
Last Saturday, U.S. military operatives carried out raids in Libya and Somalia. Coincidentally, the raids took place one day before the 37th anniversary of a major terrorist act for which the United States has never held anybody accountable.
Before the Westgate attack, Kenya had successfully thwarted a number of terrorist plots. The coming days and weeks are likely to see more beefed up, continent-wide efforts to counter terrorism.
Sanctions on Iran hit Venezuela; labor rights under siege in Iraq, Fiji and Turkey; humanitarian crisis in Somalia; and Cuba at the UN.
In Somalia, soldiers aren't getting paid, Spain's jobless rate soars, Cuba celebrates May Day, students in Puerto Rico strike against privatization, and the United Nations reports on press freedom.
Somalia's civil war is intensifying as Islamist insurgents hit back at government attacks on rebel-held territory.