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.

Medical tourism drains the health system in war-ravaged Libya

Ruth Pollard A multimillion-dollar medical tourism industry catering to Libyans has emerged in neighbouring countries, stripping the country's struggling health system of vital investment and blocking efforts to...

Libyans buck Islamist trend as moderates surge ahead

A decisive victory for the broad coalition of moderates over the Muslim Brotherhood appeared increasingly likely.

Ruth Pollard A decisive victory for the broad coalition of moderates over the Muslim Brotherhood appears increasingly likely.

Libyan voters fear the rise of religious parties

Horse picture from Libya.

Ruth Pollard The golden-coloured stallion with the four white socks is everywhere, rearing up on its hind legs and reaching towards the sky.

Libyans go to the polls with a goal of unity

The streets of Libya are littered with discussions of the past year, and whether voting in a new parliament will end the disunity and militia violence.

Ruth Pollard With voter registration as high as 80 per cent, Libyans went to the polls yesterday to vote in a 200-member congress to replace the National Transitional Council.

Guns darken dawn of a new Libya

A supporter of Libya's Justice and Construction Party.

Ruth Pollard, Tripoli For 42 years, the only face Libyans saw looming over their future was Muammar Gaddafi's. Now the faces of thousands of candidates - many of them women - line the crowded streets of Tripoli as Libya...

Revealed: Syrian torture centres


Ruth Pollard Former detainees, torture victims and defectors reveal the torture secrets of the Assad regime.

Israel marks death of 'giant' Yitzhak Shamir

Yitzhak Shamir.

Ruth Pollard Israel's second-longest serving prime minister, Yitzhak Shamir, has died aged 96.

Hopes fade for crisis talks as Syrian conflict worsens

Syria conflict worsens.

Ruth Pollard In the face of a dramatically deteriorating conflict in Syria, major powers are set to meet in Geneva today to discuss a UN plan for an interim transitional government.

British lawyers condemn Israeli injustice on Palestinian minors


Ruth Pollard Israel's practice of holding Palestinian children in solitary confinement and its use of violence and coerced confessions in interrogations is again in the spotlight following a report by eminent...

Muslim Brotherhood man is Egypt's president

Supporters of Egypt's new president, Mohamed Mursi, celebrate his victory in Tahrir Square.

Ruth Pollard Muslim Brotherhood candidate wins bitterly contested race for Egyptian presidency.

Gaza's children live and die on contaminated water

Palestinian children drinking water.

Ruth Pollard Too contaminated to drink and never in continuous supply because of daily power shortages, the water in Gaza is causing chronic health problems and contributing to high rates of child mortality.

Syrian colonel defects in MiG fighter jet as world explores a way out for Assad


Ruth Pollard in Amman A Syrian air force colonel has become the country's first senior military officer to defect in his aircraft, seeking asylum in Jordan after making an emergency landing in his MiG-21 fighter jet.

Women ready to be Saudi Arabia's new driving force

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah speaks to Saudi media upon his arrival at Riyadh airport February 23, 2011. King Abdullah unveiled a series of benefits for Saudis estimated to be worth $35 billion on his return home on Wednesday from three months abroad for medical treatment. The action plan, which includes funding to offset high inflation, to help young unemployed people and support families to get affordable housing, was made as popular protests over poverty, corruption and repression hit many Arab countries.

Ruth Pollard All eyes are on the increasingly frail King Abdullah, 88, as he prepares to choose a successor.

Militia attacks and abuses pushing Libya toward chaos

Libyan government forces arrive at Tripoli international airport to join in negotiations with the Al-Awfya brigade that overran the airport few hours earlier on June 4, 2012. The militia of Libyan ex-rebels seized control of the airport, surrounding planes with tanks and grounding all flights after their leader's apparent arrest, officials said. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Ruth Pollard Instability has plagued the nation since the revolution that ended Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule

Egypt's economy the loser after first round of elections

Supporters of Presidential candidate and former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq rally during a news conference in Cairo May 26, 2012. The Muslim Brotherhood and a military man close to ousted leader Hosni Mubarak courted defeated first-round candidates in Egypt's presidential election on Saturday, each trying to claim the mantle of the uprising before a run-off next month.  REUTERS/Ammar Awad (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Ruth Pollard, Cairo For the Egyptians who fought so hard to unseat the regime that dominated their lives for 30 years, the results of the first round of the country's first free presidential election are unthinkable.

Egypt poll's salute to hope

Egyptian election

Ruth Pollard, Cairo Amid the chaos of the first-floor polling station in Cairo's working-class northern suburbs, an old woman made her way down the stairs, one painful step at a time.

Egyptians revel in free presidential vote

An Egyptian shows he has voted at a polling station in Cairo.

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.

Candidates jostle as Egypt's first free election looms

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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.

EU council attacks Israeli settlements

Relatives of Palestinian prisoners celebrate the signing of a deal by inmates to end a hunger strike.

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...

Slight glimmer of hope as Israel PM writes to Abbas

Israel has delivered a letter to Palestinian leader outlining its position on the peace process.

Ruth Pollard Israel has delivered a letter to Palestinian leader outlining its position on the peace process.