These are the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
US being replaced at the UN
Shaky, unstable, weak, and about to fall. The UN is like a house of cards, and the United States of America, has now threatened to step down in its role as a key player of the multinational organization. Trump has been vocally critical of the organization since his arrival, in fact, he appears to oppose all multinational organizations, with NATO being the other, so the question remains, is this political, financial or something else? It appears that the UN is very keen to maintain the financial incentive that the US provides, but with Trump publishing a brutal first budget that would need Billions of Dollars in savings, could the UN, like NATO, become the ultimate sacrifice?
Saudi-Qatari rift growing
The rift between Qatar and Saudi Arabia over Iran is growing by the day and has already caught the attention of other countries in the Persian Gulf region. What is now seen as a nasty war of words between the two started last week when the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, described Iran as a force for stability. And this raised eyebrows among the Saudis who have been promoting an anti-Iran propaganda over the past few years. Many are now speculating that the current spat between Doha and Riyadh would eventually dent the so-called regional Arab bloc that Saudi Arabia has created against Iran.