Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard

Middle East Correspondent Ruth Pollard has reported on the Arab Spring revolutions, the battle against the Islamic State, tensions in the West Bank, and Egypt's power struggle. Her job has taken her to Libya, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, and Tunisia. Her feature writing won a Walkley Award for her coverage of the war in Gaza.

Egypt bomb attack kills five on tourist bus

Ruth Pollard A bomb has torn through a bus in the Red Sea resort town of Taba, killing at least five and injuring 27, signalling a serious escalation in the six-month insurgency that until now has targeted...

Living dangerously in the 'new' Egypt

Security forces stand guard outside a police academy, where the trial of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and members of the Muslim Brotherhood is due to take place, on the outskirts of Cairo, January 28, 2014. Mursi went on trial on Tuesday on charges in connection with a mass jail break during the 2011 uprising, state television reported. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh  (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST)

Ruth Pollard It doesn't take long for a crowd to turn on you on the streets of Egypt these days.


Egypt's siege mentality bad news for journalists

General Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi

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.

Australian journalist to stand trial in Egypt for airing 'false' news

Facing trial ... al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste is accused of collaborating with Egyptians to air false news.

Ruth Pollard Egypt intensified its media crackdown on Wednesday with the country's military-backed government announcing 20 journalists from Al Jazeera, including one Australian, would stand trial accused of...

Peter Greste: Journalist's second letter smuggled from Cairo prison

A screen grab from a BBC report by Peter Greste, an Al-Jazeera journalist who was arrested for aiding the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Ruth Pollard Cairo: He is just one man swept up in a tidal wave of thousands of arrests in Egypt, but for Australian journalist Peter Greste, the message of the military-backed government to those trying to...

Egypt upheavals threaten to suffocate Gaza

Trapped: Gazan newlyweds Sameeha, left, and Ayman.

Ruth Pollard Cairo's military-backed government has plunged Palestinians in the enclave into a world without the most basic resources and no way out.

Egyptians vote on final day of constitutional referendum

An Egyptian man inks his finger after casting her vote at a polling booth

Ruth Pollard in Fayoum, Egypt Under a heavy military presence and in an increasingly volatile atmosphere, Egyptians voted on the second and final day of the country’s constitutional referendum.

Egyptians vote in referendum amid violence

Interim President Adly Mansour shows his ink-stained finger after casting his vote at a polling station in Cairo, Egypt.

Ruth Pollard At least 11 people have died in clashes as Egyptians turned out to vote in the country’s constitutional referendum, marking what many hope will be a final rejection of the Muslim Brotherhood...

Israelis pay final respects to Ariel Sharon

Israeli President Shimon Peres lays a wreath by the coffin of former prime minister Ariel Sharon at the Knesset.

Ruth Pollard The body of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon lay in state at the Knesset as a small but steady procession of people arrived to pay their respects to the man at once respected and reviled.

Ariel Sharon dies after 8 years in a coma

Ariel Sharon had been in a coma since 2005.

Ruth Pollard Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died aged 85 after spending eight years in a coma following a stroke.

Postcards: On the run in Cairo

Postcards. Cairo Runners, November 2013.

Ruth Pollard As dawn breaks, my taxi speeds through the empty streets of Cairo to the Fifth District.

Perfect storm lures Australians to war

Free Syrian army members remove a body from rubbles from damage caused by what activists said was an airstrike.

Ruth Pollard It is only 1pm but the winter sky is already darkening in the border town of Kilis and the reception room of this small, nondescript hotel is bleak and cold.

Egypt's military gambles with repression

Deepening crisis: A youth records a video at the scene of the explosion that killed 16 people at a police building in Mansoura on Tuesday.

Ruth Pollard As a vote on the new constitution nears, the government risks increasing the violence it is trying to stop.

Crackdown on dissent deepens crisis in Egypt

Egyptians attend the funeral of a dozen policeman and a civilian killed from an explosion at a police headquarters, in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura.

Ruth Pollard In the wave of bombings and targeted assassinations that has swept Egypt since August, Thursday’s bomb blast on a busy street in Nasr City, east of Cairo, caused only a modest amount of damage.

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...

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...

Car bomb kills 15 in Egypt, raises fears of violence in Nile Delta

Egyptians carry the coffin of a victim killed from an explosion at a police headquarters  in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura.

Ruth Pollard In one of the deadliest attacks since the Egyptian army deposed Mohamed Mursi from the presidency in July, a car bomb tore through a building in the northern city of Mansoura, killing 15 and injuring...

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...

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

Ruth Pollard dinkus

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...