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.

Egypt poll winner to face huge task of restoring stability

Ruth Pollard The Egypt that leading candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to inherit after the election is violently divided and deeply disappointed after three years of revolution.

Palestinians hope Pope's visit can help bring change

Members of the Palestinian presidential guard.

Ruth Pollard Among the olive trees and ancient terraces, the faithful of the Cremisan Valley held mass on Friday to pray that Israel would not go ahead with plans to extend its giant, concrete security wall...

Failing state

CAIRO, EGYPT - APRIL 26:  Egyptians hold a protest against the recent demonstration law out front of Heliopolis Palace, the Presidential Palace in the Cairo's Heliopolis District, April 26, 2014. (Photo by Ahmed Ismail/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Ruth Pollard The revolution that overthrew the despised Mubarak regime promised a brighter future for Egyptians. Instead, the opposite has occurred, writes Ruth Pollard.

'Forgotten town' at the heart of Egypt's failure

One of the main streets of Izbit Khayrallah, a neighbourhood of Cairo that the state has sought to demolish.

Ruth Pollard In the south of Cairo is a neighbourhood that defies the state simply by existing.

Peter Greste case: lawyer of Australian journalist resigns in Cairo courtroom

Australian correspondent of Al-Jazeera Peter Greste appears in a defendant's cage along with several other defendants during their trial on terror charges at a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt.

Ruth Pollard Peter Greste held onto the black steel of the defendant's cage in a Cairo courtroom.

Australian journalist Peter Greste, colleagues denied bail on press freedom day

Greste

Ruth Pollard, Cairo Australian journalist Peter Greste, who with two of his al-Jazeera colleagues is being tried in an Egyptian court for colluding with the Muslim Brotherhood to falsify news, has described their ordeal...

Australian journalist Peter Greste, colleagues speak out from Egyptian jail

Speaking out: Australian journalist Peter Greste.

Ruth Pollard Even from the darkness of an Egyptian jail, journalist Peter Greste and his colleagues have refused to be silenced.

Death sentence for Mohammed Badie and 682 others in Egypt

An Egyptian woman reacts outside the courtroom in Minya after Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie and 682 other alleged Islamists were sentenced to death.

Ruth Pollard An Egyptian court has handed down another mass death sentence, condemning 683 Muslim Brotherhood supporters, including the movement's general leader Mohammed Badie, to die for inciting violence after...

Saudi MERS cases surge but experts at loss to explain spike

A thermal scanner in use at Manila's international airport. The Philippines reported its first case of the MERS virus in the past two weeks.

Ruth Pollard As the number of reported cases of the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome surged this week, public health experts are struggling to understand where it originated, how it is spread...

Palestinian unity push angers Israel

Gaza's Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh, right, listens to senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmed, left, after the announcement the agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups.

Ruth Pollard Seven years after their violent split, rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have signed a reconciliation agreement and say they will seek to form a unity government within weeks and hold...

Greste trial proceedings approach peak farce

Peter Greste

Ruth Pollard In the game of high-stakes absurdity that Egypt is playing in the trial of three Al-Jazeera journalists, including Australian Peter Greste, Tuesday's proceedings must surely represent 'peak farce'.

Finally, Gaza PhD student gets her new beginning in Australia

Ruth Pollard It is a new beginning that almost didn't happen. When Sameeha Elwan was awarded a scholarship in November to study her PhD in Australia, her main worry was whether she would ever be allowed to leave...

Brother delivers hope and sushi to imprisoned Peter Greste

Peter Greste in court in Cairo on March 31.

Ruth Pollard On Tuesday Peter Greste and two colleagues will appear for the sixth time in a large, dusty courtroom inside Cairo’s imposing Tora Prison complex.

As bombings hit capital, Egypt plans sweeping anti-terror laws

Dissent stifled: An Egyptian journalist protests against the country's Interior Ministry, which is accused of targeting journalists. The tape across his mouth reads

Ruth Pollard Even though it has been driving a ferocious security crackdown that has resulted in the arrest of at least 16,000 people and the deaths of more than 1400, Egypt's government has elected to go further.

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...

Peter Greste refused bail in Cairo court appearance

Ruth Pollard, Jonathan Swan The father of detained Australian journalist Peter Greste says it is obvious Egyptian authorities are struggling to make a case against his son after he was refused bail in a Cairo court.

Journalist Peter Greste's father says Egypt is struggling to make a case

Peter Greste.

Ruth Pollard and Jonathan Swan Father of detained Australian journalist says it is obvious Egyptian authorities are struggling to make a case against his son after he was refused bail in a Cairo court.

Peter Greste: Egypt court rejects journalists' bail plea

peter greste

Ruth Pollard An Egypt court on Monday turned down a plea for bail by jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste and his Al-Jazeera colleagues in a trial that has sparked international condemnation.

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”.