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.
Ruth Pollard, Cairo In busy Cairo cafes, in homes, workplaces and on baking hot streets across the country, Egyptians are openly debating who should be their next president.
Ruth Pollard After a tumultuous 15 months of revolution and protest, Egyptians are preparing to go to the polls in the country's first free presidential contest.
Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem Israel's accelerated program of settlement construction - considered illegal under international law - was threatening to 'make a two-state solution impossible', the European Union Foreign Affairs...
Ruth Pollard Israel has delivered a letter to Palestinian leader outlining its position on the peace process.
Ruth Pollard There are few certainties in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's monster new coalition, which holds 94 seats out of a 120-seat parliament.
Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem Benjamin Netanyahu shocks all sides of the political spectrum with a spectacular last-minute about-face, abandoning his call for an early election and instead bringing the rival Kadima party into his...
Ruth Pollard Israel's highest court has rejected an appeal by two Palestinian hunger strikers against their continuing detention without trial.
Ruth Pollard, Ramallah The number of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails has grown to at least 2800, human rights groups say, while two of the inmates hovered close to death as they entered their 69th...
Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem As surgeon Jacob Lavee was preparing to perform a heart transplant on an ultra-Orthodox Jewish patient, they had a conversation that changed the way he thought about organ donation forever.
Ruth Pollard, Guvecci, Turkey There is no rest for men such as Hassan, who are working to keep Syria's revolution alive. He is not fighting on the front lines, he says as we wind our way towards the farming village where some of...
Ruth Pollard The smell of smoke hangs in the air, and the scorched walls and blackened floor of the empty room speak to the depth of the tragedy that occurred here.
Ruth Pollard, Deir Al-balah The smell of smoke hangs in the air and the scorched walls and blackened floor speak to the depth of the tragedy that occurred here.
Ruth Pollard Reports have emerged of extra-judicial executions of civilians and wounded rebel fighters.
Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem During Holy Week, even the simplest of pilgrimages can be an impossible journey.
Ruth Pollard It is just a gentle slope upwards along the Via Dolorosa but the distance can be taxing when you are a tiny pilgrim carrying a large wooden cross along the ancient, slippery cobblestones of...
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.
Ruth Pollard Hana al-Shalabi's muscles are wasting and she is now on her 41st day without food.
Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: With her muscles wasting and her heart under increasing strain, 30-year-old Hana al-Shalabi is on her 41st day without food, and doctors say her condition is worsening by the day.
Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem Israeli government will be forced to confront the settler movement over its policy of turning a blind eye to the construction of illegal outposts.
Ruth Pollard, Zababdeh The Ferris wheel rises up like a giant sculpture in a sea of green, an unlikely punctuation mark at the start of a 12-kilometre walk through the gentle hills and quiet valleys of the northern West...