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.

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.


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.

Israel attacks military sites in Syria

Israeli rockets blamed for Syria blasts (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard Israeli jets have attacked a military centre on the outskirts of Damascus, the second strike inside Syria in the past three days.

Wave of terror feared for Syrians

A Syrian demonstrates in Washington.

Ruth Pollard, Middle East Correspondent Violence feared after second UN resolution against Syria's regime fails to pass.

US punishes companies for Iran sales


Ruth Pollard The US has sanctioned three foreign companies for doing business with Iran.

US turns screws on firms selling to Iran

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Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: The United States has sanctioned three foreign companies for doing business with Iran as the international pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program intensifies and the fallout from the...

Sanctions key to avoiding Iran strikes, say experts


Ruth Pollard, Simon Mann JERUSALEM: Only tougher sanctions from Western powers, including severe restrictions on oil and travel, will slow Iran's nuclear progress and avoid the need for military action, experts have warned...

West Bank religious sites first for world heritage request

Delegates at UNESCO's 36th General Conference

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: Significant religious sites throughout the West Bank, including the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem and Joseph's Tomb in Nablus, will be among the first to be pushed forward for world...

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.

Palestinians angered by Blair's seeming 'bias'

Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair (R) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) leave the stage after addressing delegates at the London Meeting Supporting the Palestinian Authority March 1, 2005.  World powers on Tuesday demanded immediate Palestinian action to catch those behind a Tel Aviv suicide bombing that broke a fragile ceasefire with Israel.  Palestinians responded angrily to the statement by the Middle East quartet comprising the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States, while Israel complained that Palestinians were failing to confront militant groups.  REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: Palestinian frustration at the actions of the Middle East envoy, Tony Blair, has spilled over into outright hostility, with officials saying they ''cannot trust anything'' the former...

Palestinians claim envoy Blair is 'pro-Israel'

Tony Blair.

Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem Palestinian frustration with Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair spills over into outright hostility, with officials saying they 'cannot trust anything' the former British prime minister says.

Russia to urge political settlement in Syria


Ruth Pollard, Beirut Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was due to arrive in Damascus overnight to urge Syrian President Bashar al-Assad towards a political settlement.

Libyan rebels massing as talks fail

libyan rebels

Ruth Pollard and Al Krarim Forces gather outside desert town of Bani Walid, awaiting full-scale assault order.

UN, Arab League may act on Syria horror

Ruth Pollard, Middle East Correspondent The United Nations has flagged the possibility of a joint UN-Arab League mission to Syria.

As Syria bleeds

As Syria bleeds.

Ruth Pollard, Tripoli The subdued, early morning, grey-blue sky is mesmerisingly calm on the live webcam that is trained across the rooftops of the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

Syrian conflict attracting foreign fighters, weapons

Ruth Pollard, Beirut Syria has become a magnet for foreign fighters, with al-Qaeda aligned jihadists streaming across the border from Iraq and rebel soldiers from the Libyan city of Misrata crossing in from Turkey,...

Revulsion grows at Homs bombardment

Ruth Pollard and Karen Kissane Ministers from 80 countries are preparing to meet in Tunis to discuss Syria's escalating crisis.

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Sanctions buy diplomatic time in Iran standoff

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, listens to a technician during his visit of the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility some 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran.

Ruth Pollard he toughest sanctions yet seem to be biting and cooler heads are calling for calm.

Syrian truce fails to stop bloodshed

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (C) speaks to soldiers during a tour in the Baba Amr neighbourhood of Homs in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA on March 27, 2012. Assad visited the rebel stronghold in the city of Homs that his forces had overrun after weeks of shelling and gunfire, apparently to make the point that he can now tour the streets of the once bitterly fought-over district. REUTERS/SANA/Handout (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Ruth Pollard As Syria's President Bashar al-Assad formally accepted the UN-brokered ceasefire proposal, his troops continued to open fire on people across the country.