What we’re watching: September 11 to September 17, 2017

♦ The anniversary of 9/11. It’s been 16 years since that momentous day, and it continues to be honoured throughout the world in both great and small ways. The tragedy was fundamentally an American one with 2669 killed, but it also swept away the lives of 329 foreign nationals from 53 countries. The largest losses among these came from the UK (67), India (41), South Korea (28), Japan (24) and Canada (24).  There is a British memorial in New York, but for some reason still no Canadian one.
♦ On September 11, the UN Security Council is to vote on further measures against North Korea. For a brief moment last week, it appeared the great powers would rally around the US cry “Enough is enough” and inflict the kind of economic pain on North Korea that would make it take notice. Unfortunately, the draft sanctions resolution the US has proposed is already being watered down. That’s something Pyongyang will notice.
♦ It seems there’s an ugly end coming to the Syrian civil war. Russia, Turkey and Iran are to hold another round of talks in Kazakhstan this week to try to settle matters among themselves. We don’t expect the interests of Syrians to be their paramount concern.


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