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.

Ukraine crisis: Crimeans vote to join Russia in referendum slammed as 'illegal' by US, EU

Ruth Pollard Crowds of Crimeans roared their approval in Lenin Square in the capital Simferopol as exit polls indicated 93 per cent of those who turned out to vote in Sunday’s referendum were in favour of...

US to Assad: talk peace in Syria or we help rebels

US Secretary of State John Kerry

Ruth Pollard The United States warned it will offer further support to Syria's embattled opposition if President Bashar al-Assad failed to get behind a US and Russia-driven peace initiative in Geneva next month.

US punishes companies for Iran sales

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

US turns screws on firms selling to Iran

Ruth Pollard

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...

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.

Israeli plan for homes upsets US and Europe

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a bilateral meeting with US President Barack Obama September 21, 2011 at the United Nations Building in New York City. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is determined to push ahead with the construction of more than 1000 new homes in a large settlement in East Jerusalem, despite Palestinian...

Ottomania as Turkey drifts away from secularism

Ruth Pollard With its opulent palace life, heroic storyline and beautiful lead actors, the Turkish drama set in the court of Sultan Suleyman, Magnificent Century, should have represented the artistic...

In Egypt a cry of outrage is met with death

Students who are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans in front of Cairo University March 26, 2014. One person was killed near Egypt's Cairo University on Wednesday when protesters supporting ousted President Mohamed Mursi clashed with security forces, a health ministry official told Reuters. The protesters were demonstrating against a court ruling earlier this week condemning more than 500 alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death.

Ruth Pollard No.309 on a list of 529 people condemned to die – a lawyer jailed alongside the people he had spent months trying to help, caught up in the relentless crackdown against anyone who dares to challenge...

Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to run for president

A banner for Egypt's army chief, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in downtown Cairo.

Ruth Pollard Egypt’s army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has resigned his post and announced he will run for the presidency, pledging to “reconstruct the state and restore its dignity”.

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...

Crimeans caught in the grip of the Russian bear

Crimean Tatar Great Patriotic War veteran, Nariman Kazenbash 84 wearing his war medals, outside his home in Simferopol, Crimea. He believes that the March 16th referendum is a 'farce'. 13th March, 2014. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Ruth Pollard No blood has been spilt, but Crimea's silent war threatens to cleave its people.

Silent war exposes growing divisions in Crimea

Crimea

Ruth Pollard Giant billboards line Crimea's highways inviting citizens to choose between Russia and fascism, others simply declare: ''Crimea is Russia.''

Folk musicians try to calm tense troops in Crimea

Standoff: Surrounded by unidentified Russian soldiers, Ukrainian marines talk behind a wall at their base in Perevalnoye.

Ruth Pollard Brightly dressed folk musicians in Prevalnoye, Crimea, say they want to ease tension between Ukrainian and Russian troops.

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...

Protests grip Ukraine as Putin defends Crimea actions

Pro-Russian demonstrators take part in a rally in Odessa.

Ruth Pollard Thousands rallied across Ukraine in rival demonstrations that turned violent when pro-Russian activists attacked a protest on the Black Sea peninsula, as Russian soldiers tightened their grip across...

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.

Crimea's parliament votes to split from Ukraine before referendum

International observers cut Crimea visit short (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard Crimea's pro-Russian parliamentarians have voted in favour of independence from Ukraine five days before a much-criticised referendum is due to be held.

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...