Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard is the Middle East Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Her job takes her throughout the Middle East and North Africa, reporting on the Arab revolutions from Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia and on the conflict in Israel and Palestine.

Verdict looms for imprisoned al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste

Ruth Pollard After six bleak months in an Egyptian prison and 12 court sessions in which the prosecution’s case has veered from the farcical to the irrelevant, it is judgment day for Australian journalist...

Peter Greste case: international anger for Egypt's sentencing of al-Jazeera journalists

Australian journalist Peter Greste

Ruth Pollard Egypt faced international condemnation over the harsh jail sentences handed down to three al-Jazeera journalists – including Australian Peter Greste – with human rights groups describing...

Egypt poll winner to face huge task of restoring stability

Supporters of Egyptian ex-army chief and leading presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Ruth Pollard The Egypt that leading candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to inherit after the election is violently divided and deeply disappointed after three years of revolution.

Prosecution wants maximum sentence for al-Jazeera journalists, including Australian

Caged in court room: Al Jazeera journalists (left to right) Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

Ruth Pollard Egypt's prosecution has called for the maximum sentence for al-Jazeera journalists – including Australian Peter Greste – who are on trial for colluding with the Muslim Brotherhood to...

Greste and colleagues to make first court appearance

Peter Greste

Ruth Pollard Accused of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to smear Egypt’s international reputation, three al-Jazeera journalists, including Australian Peter Greste, are due to make their first appearance in...

Pro-Russian forces tighten grip over key areas of Crimea

Members of a newly formed pro-Russian militia gather in the streets of Simferopol in Crimea on Saturday.

Ruth Pollard Pro-Russian forces tightened their grip over key areas throughout Crimea, blockading military bases along the Black Sea peninsula and attempting to force Ukrainian soldiers to surrender at military...

Egypt sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death

A Muslim Brotherhood supporter aims fireworks at supporters of the Egyptian Government in Cairo.

Ruth Pollard In one of the world's largest ever mass death sentences, an Egyptian court sentenced 529 people to death and without hearing a single argument from defence lawyers.

Greste trial proceedings approach peak farce

Peter Greste

Ruth Pollard In the game of high-stakes absurdity that Egypt is playing in the trial of three Al-Jazeera journalists, including Australian Peter Greste, Tuesday's proceedings must surely represent 'peak farce'.

Analysis

Egypt's siege mentality bad news for journalists

Ruth Pollard Egypt's government sees many enemies when it looks out of the bunker from which it says it is simultaneously fighting terrorism and installing democracy.

Fresh battle as Egypt government targets activists

Female members of the Muslim Brotherhood are seen during their trial in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on November 27, 2013. A court in the Mediterranean city sentenced 14 women who it said were from the Brotherhood after convicting them of belonging to a

Ruth Pollard A new battleground has opened up across Egypt as the government turns its attention from the Muslim Brotherhood to the activists who overthrew former dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Human rights groups condemn 'war crimes' by Syrian rebels

Ruth Pollard Middle East Correspondent THE terrified men lie huddled in a group on the dusty floor of an abandoned building as armed opposition fighters kick and stamp on their bodies.

Syrian massacre highlights disregard for human rights on both sides

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on November 1, 2012 shows rebel fighters gathering near alleged bodies of Syrian soldiers after they overran an army checkpoint in the northwestern Idlib province. Syria's northwestern Idlib province has become a key battleground in the country's conflict, especially after rebel forces seized the town of Maaret al-Numan on the Damascus-Aleppo road early last month. AFP PHOTO/YOUTUBE
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Ruth Pollard THE terrified men lie huddled in a group on the dusty floor of an abandoned building as armed opposition fighters kick and stomp on them.

Adly Mansour, interim Egyptian president, makes first TV address, while Cairo braces for more protests

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour

Ruth Pollard As Egyptians steeled themselves for more mass protests, with tens of thousands expected to take to the streets after Friday prayers, the country's interim president declared there was no turning back...

Egyptians turn out en masse to support General al-Sisi's call for a mandate

Tahrir Square protest

Ruth Pollard Military helicopters flew low overhead and the heaving crowd in Cairo's Tahrir Square lifted their hands into the air, waving Egyptian flags and large posters featuring General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi...

Bloody battle for Syria's commercial city

Syrian rebels break their fast with the

Ruth Pollard THE fierce battle for control of Syria's second city, Aleppo, is now fought street by street, as the Syrian Army rushes more troops and tanks to the area and fighter jets fly over the city, firing on...

US recalls ambassador over safety fears in Syria

A Syrian Kurdish boy holds a sign reading

Ruth Pollard RELATIONS between Syria and the US have descended into tit-for-tat diplomacy as international concern mounted about military violence against protesters and fresh allegations emerged of injured...

Syria, US withdraw diplomats in tit-for-tat blows

Robert Ford.

Ruth Pollard Concern mounts about military violence against protesters and fresh allegations about injured activists and staff being tortured in hospitals.

Libyans promised poll by 2013

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

Ruth Pollard Libya's National Transitional Council has announced elections and the formation of an interim government.

Gaddafi's end clears road to a new Libya

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Ruth Pollard AS THE body of the ousted Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi lies in cold storage in a Misrata vegetable market, a macabre attraction for the people whose lives he dominated for 42 years, the National...

Joy of liberation soured by racist attacks

Ahmad.

Ruth Pollard BEHIND 2.5-metre-high iron gates, along a sandy path and up a set of concrete stairs, there is a glimpse into the humanitarian disaster that is unfolding in newly liberated Libya.