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.

Egypt sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death

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.

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...

Russian occupation opens old wounds for Ukraine's Crimean Tatars

Zulfere Memetova

Ruth Pollard The Tatar men of Bakhchysarai have drawn up a roster and each night they take turns to patrol their neighbourhoods once the sun sets on the windswept plains of central Crimea.

Russia closing door on Crimea as troops build up

An armed pro-Russian self-defence militiaman at the border crossing with western Ukraine.

Ruth Pollard Crimea is effectively isolated from the rest of Ukraine, with heavily armed, masked Russian soldiers stationed at key points throughout the region, its highways busy with military activity and its...

Crimea vote begins in Ukraine as 'self-defence' forces look on

Riot police

Ruth Pollard Voters began queuing early to cast their ballot in the referendum as Crimean police maintained a heavy security presence on the streets of the capital, Simferopol.

Russian forces attempt 'invasion' of village on eve of Crimea vote

A Russian soldier near Simferopol, Crimea.

Ruth Pollard Simferopol: Russian forces backed by helicopter gunships and armoured vehicles attempted to take control of a village inside western Ukraine on Saturday in a serious military escalation on the...

The 'lost' boy: photo of four-year-old Marwan goes viral

Syrian refugee Marwan is helped by UN staff after becoming temporarily separated from his parents while fleeing Syria.

Ruth Pollard It is the picture that created a social media storm - the little boy who appeared to have crossed the desert alone.

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...

Portrait of despair: Thousands queue for UN food parcels in Yarmouk, Damascus

Residents wait to receive food aid distributed by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus.

Ruth Pollard One glimpse of their faces tells the story of the year that they have suffered. Gaunt, exhausted, their strength of will almost spent, they stand amid the devastated buildings of Yarmouk refugee camp...

Syrian family of seven forced to rely on 13-year-old breadwinner

Syrian refugee Mohamed makes coffee in a Lebanese cafe to support his family of seven.

Ruth Pollard Mohamed is only 13, but for the past year he has been the sole breadwinner for a family of seven Syrian refugees living in Lebanon.

Egypt bombing could end country's already fragile tourism industry

Deadly bus bombing in Taba.

Ruth Pollard errorism has returned to the wild and beautiful Sinai Peninsula, and the region that not long ago was one of Egypt’s most-visited destinations is facing a catastrophic collapse of its already...

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.

Isolated Israel denounces Iran deal

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard Israel’s condemnation of the Iranian nuclear deal struck in Geneva was swift and absolute, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labelling it “an historic mistake” that had made the world “a much...

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.

Syrian refugees face new challenge - freezing weather

Syrian refugees in the snow in Istanbul. The refugees in Turkey, faced further misery due to increasing shortages of supplies, low temperatures, and snowfall.

Ruth Pollard The women stood protectively around the tiny bundle perched on a plastic chair outside one of Turkey’s largest refugee camps as the sky darkened and the temperature dropped below freezing before...

Syria revolution: Overthrowing Assad regime up to new grouping of militias

Ruth Pollard A new coalition of militias holds the last chance of revolution against the Assad regime.

Young rapper puts gender politics under spotlight in Egypt

Voice of the youth: Egyptian rapper Myam Mahmoud.

Ruth Pollard Her rap cuts to the heart of most young women’s experience in Egypt, tackling head on the country’s epidemic of sexual harassment, the relentless criticism of how girls dress and the false...

Mass graves fuel fears of ethnic bloodshed in South Sudan

Volatile situation ... United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) personnel guard South Sudanese people displaced by recent fighting in Jabel, on the outskirts of capital Juba.

Ruth Pollard Nairobi, Kenya: Amid the eruption of violence along ethnic lines in South Sudan, UN investigators discovered a mass grave in a rebel-held city, the United Nations said on Tuesday as a possible...

UN boosts peacekeepers for South Sudan after mass graves found

Volatile situation ... United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) personnel guard South Sudanese people displaced by recent fighting in Jabel, on the outskirts of capital Juba.

Ruth Pollard The UN Security Council approved plans on Tuesday to almost double the number of peacekeepers in South Sudan in a bid to protect civilians from violence as the discovery of a mass grave fuelled fears...

Muslim Brotherhood named 'terrorist' group

Egyptian policemen stand guard at the scene of a powerful explosion in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura.

Ruth Pollard Widening its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters, Egypt's interim government designated the group a 'terrorist organisation', banning all its activities, protests and gatherings...