Ismaeel Naar

Ismaeel Naar

Ismaeel Naar is an online journalist with Al Jazeera English. He has previously worked for Euronews in Lyon and with the Financial Times in New York. Ismaeel covers stories in the Middle East, mainly the GCC, and reports on geopolitics and human rights. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Journalism and a certificate in Middle Eastern studies from Northwestern University in Qatar.

Fidel Castro

Castro: The making of a legend

How Fidel Castro went from being a law student to revolutionary leader, communist figurehead and polarising global icon

Castro: The making of a legend

Saudi Arabia

Obituary: Ex-Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal

In his role as foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal was the key architect of Saudi diplomacy for the past 40 years.

Obituary: Ex-Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal

Kuwait

How can the GCC uproot ISIL?

Analysts say the group must be beaten ideologically, after an attack on a Shia mosque in Kuwait killed at least 27.

How can the GCC uproot ISIL?

Human Rights

Bahrain opposition leader given four-year jail sentence

Sheikh Ali Salman, head of al-Wefaq bloc, was charged with inciting a change of government by force.

Bahrain opposition leader given four-year jail sentence

Middle East

Analysts: Gulf-Egypt ties likely to survive turbulence

Egypt and the Arab Gulf states' mutual need for one another are expected to transcend recent incidents.

Analysts: Gulf-Egypt ties likely to survive turbulence

Middle East

House of Saud: What's next?

The newly appointed crown prince and his deputy are both for the first time grandsons of the founding king Abdulaziz.

House of Saud: What's next?

Politics

New generation of Saudi royals set to rule

Shake-up comes as the country attempts to assert regional leadership and reshape its ties with the West.

New generation of Saudi royals set to rule

Politics

Bahrain adjourns trial of top opposition leader

Sheikh Ali Salman, head of al-Wefaq bloc, is charged with inciting a change of government by force.

Bahrain adjourns trial of top opposition leader

Media

The shrinking space for media in the Arab world

The unexplained closure of Alarab TV, 24 hours after its launch, has reignited concerns over press freedom.

The shrinking space for media in the Arab world

Politics

Bahrain begins trial of opposition leader

Tensions still high after government charged opposition leader with inciting a change of government by force.

Bahrain begins trial of opposition leader

Politics

What to expect from the new Saudi king

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud faces significant challenges, both foreign and domestic, analysts say.

What to expect from the new Saudi king

Politics

Who are Saudi Arabia's new crown princes?

Reconfirmation of Muqrin bin Abdulaziz as heir and naming of first grandson as deputy attests shift in the royal court.

Who are Saudi Arabia's new crown princes?