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's Muslim Brotherhood failed the most basic test - feeding the people

Ruth Pollard One woman's struggle is, in essence, Egypt's struggle, one the deposed government failed to grasp.

Uncertain future awaits a people set free

People celebrate at Martyrs' Square in Tripoli October 20, 2011. Muammar Gaddafi was killed by Libyans, succumbing to wounds, some seemingly inflicted after his capture by fighters who overran his last redoubt on Thursday in his hometown of Sirte.

Ruth Pollard It is a country awash with weapons and beset by tribal rivalries, stunted by four decades of repression by a dictator who crushed any semblance of a civil society.

A people frozen in time emerge from Arab spring to reclaim life

pic of  Lujian Jamal Ben Hemida (daughter), Najat Milad Al Tahhouni (mother) and Jamal Ben Hemida (Father). smh foreign. 2nd september 2011. story and photo by Ruth Pollard.

Ruth Pollard IT IS as if someone turned out the lights on February 17. The grass has grown long under outdoor cafe chairs, overturned and abandoned to the weather.

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.

Caged dictator faces the people

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Ruth Pollard Cairo FOR many Egyptians, the image of the man who brutally ruled their country for three decades being held in a steel cage and on trial for ordering the mass murder of protesters is a giant leap towards...

25 killed as Israel prepares for ground assault

A Palestinian boy carries his belongings as he walks past the rubble of his family's house in Gaza City, which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike on Wednesday.

Ruth Pollard Aerial and naval bombardment of Gaza intensifies as Hamas fires rockets at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

No balm in sight for the broken land of Gaza

Relatives of a man reportedly killed by an Israeli air strike grieve at Gaza's Shifa Hospital.

Ruth Pollard The supply cupboard is almost bare at Gaza’s Shifa Hospital, but there is death and chaos all around.

Iraq parliamentary session ends in chaos

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Ruth Pollard Iraq’s first parliamentary session since its April elections – and since Islamic militants took control of its second-largest city and declared a new caliphate – descended into chaos after Kurdish...

Sunni tribes unite with enemies to fight Iraq's rulers

Ruth Pollard Trapped in a state-sponsored campaign of violence and harassment with no end in sight, 27-year-old Bashir al-Ani says he had no choice but to pick up a weapon and join his Sunni tribe in the fight...

Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki rejects calls for unity government, as violence engulfs nation

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Ruth Pollard As Sunni insurgents continued their campaign to seize key towns throughout Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected calls to form a national unity government aimed at healing some of the...

Family forced to flee their home as sectarian tensions in Iraq reach boiling point

Living in fear: Um Ban with her two-month-old daughter Ghufran.

Ruth Pollard in Baghdad When Sunni militants painted an “X” on the front of her house in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Um Ban knew she and her family would have to flee.

Baghdad caught in a ring of fear, waiting for US to wave magic wand

City of fear: Baghdad's citizens do not know when the next blow will fall.

Ruth Pollard Along Iraq’s constantly shifting frontline there is little buffer between civilians and the militants’ advance.

Iraqi forces battle to take control of Tikrit

A member of the Iraqi security forces checks an ammunition belt south of Baghdad.

Ruth Pollard Iraqi troops backed by helicopter gunships launched a major assault on Tikrit in an attempt to regain control of the northern city from Sunni insurgents who have been holding it since June 11.

Iraq crisis: ISIL militants declare 'Caliphate'

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Ruth Pollard The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Sunni militants fighting across Syria and Iraq – have proclaimed the establishment of a “caliphate” in a move that experts say could...

Abu Ghraib: a town gripped by fear as ISIL approaches Baghdad

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Ruth Pollard Heavily fortified guardposts line the road into Abu Ghraib and more than a dozen military vehicles are on the move alongside the occasional civilian car making the lonely 20-kilometre journey from...

Verdict looms for imprisoned al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste

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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...

Australian journalist Peter Greste jailed for seven years for 'defaming Egypt'

Australian journalist Peter Greste appears in the defendant's cage during his trial.

Ruth Pollard Peter Greste and his two al-Jazeera colleagues have been found guilty by an Egyptian court and sentenced to seven years in prison for producing false news to defame Egypt.

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...

Uprising brings civil war threat closer to Iraq

A Mosul family in a UNHCR refugee camp after fleeing their city when it was claimed by insurgents.

Ruth Pollard With the country on the brink of civil war, the situation in Iraq has never been more perilous as the depth of its sectarian fissures are exposed.

ISIL's new rules for captured city of Mosul

ISIL has published its new rules for the province of Nineveh, of which Mosul is the capital.

Ruth Pollard ISIL has published its new rules for the province of Nineveh, of which the captured city of Mosul is the capital.