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.

Locals prepare for Pope Francis' historical visit to Holy Land

Ruth Pollard As a team of cleaners in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre worked on their hands and knees, Vatican flags were being hung outside Jerusalem’s Old City.

Jordan teetering on the cusp of change

This protest in Amman last Friday was organised by the Muslim Brotherhood and its political wing, the Islamic Action Front.

Ruth Pollard, Amman, Jordan Some call it a 'government by night', at once loathed and mocked for its habit of delivering bad news while the country sleeps. Jordanians say they never know what the mornings will bring.

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Slow burn on the road to revolution

People from the Islamic Action Front and other opposition parties demonstrate to demand political reforms, in Amman October 5, 2012. Thousands of Jordanian Islamist supporters marched on Friday in the largest demonstration since Arab Spring-inspired protests erupted last year, calling on King Abdullah to accelerate democratic reforms. The

Ruth Pollard Some call it a ''government by night'', at once loathed and mocked for its habit of delivering bad news while the country sleeps.

Obama came, saw and united, which is bad news for Assad

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard He came to woo the Israeli public and woo them he did, with endless symbolic gestures and a speech that won over many on both the right and left of the political spectrum.

Arab League sets Syria another deadline

Ruth Pollard With almost 4000 dead in eight months of savage government attacks, the Arab League has issued a three-day ultimatum to Syria, insisting it halt violence against anti-regime protesters or face...

Syria told to stop the slaughter - or else

Ruth Pollard WITH almost 4000 Syrian protesters dead in eight months of government attacks, the Arab League has issued a three-day ultimatum insisting that Syria halt the violence or face further economic...

Syria sends warships to attack its own people

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Ruth Pollard, Middle East Correspondent Syrian warships shell two densely populated areas in the coastal city of Latakia, killing at least 21 people, according to activists.

Syria steps up attacks as Assad's future dims

Ruth Pollard IN A serious stepping up of President Bashar al-Assad's violent crackdown against anti-government protesters, Syrian warships have shelled two densely populated areas in the coastal city of Latakia,...

Women ready to be Saudi Arabia's new driving force

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah speaks to Saudi media upon his arrival at Riyadh airport February 23, 2011. King Abdullah unveiled a series of benefits for Saudis estimated to be worth $35 billion on his return home on Wednesday from three months abroad for medical treatment. The action plan, which includes funding to offset high inflation, to help young unemployed people and support families to get affordable housing, was made as popular protests over poverty, corruption and repression hit many Arab countries.

Ruth Pollard All eyes are on the increasingly frail King Abdullah, 88, as he prepares to choose a successor.