Jordan Meyerl


About Jordan Meyerl

Jordan Meyerl is a first year graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is pursuing a MA in History on the Archives track. She strongly supports using archives to preserve the history of minority groups, and hopes to one day work in an university archive.

State Of Emergency Declared In Ethiopia Following Prime Minister’s Resignation

On February 16th, 2018, Ethiopia declared a state of emergency after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced his decision to step down from his position amid the continuing political crisis in the nation. The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front’s (EPRDF) coalition council, the nation’s ruling political coalition, “came to the conclusion that imposing emergency […]


Russian Cinema Drops Film Under Pressure After Police Raid

On January 26, 2017, Russian authorities raided Moscow’s Pioner Cinema, an art-house cinema which had defied the government ban on a screening of The Death of Stalin. Police officers and numerous plainclothes officials entered the theatre during the midday screening of the film in question. When asked whether the cinema faced […]


Ethiopia, Human Rights Violations, And The Release Of Political Prisoners

On January 3, 2018, Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, announced plans to free political prisoners, among them being politicians, terrorists, and those who support the ethnic minorities within the country. “Politicians currently under prosecution and those previously sentenced will either have their cases annulled or be pardoned,” AFP news agency […]


The Impact Of The Presidential Election On Abortion Laws In Chile

On December 17th, 2017, billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera was elected as President of Chile. Pinera is a member of the National Renewal political party, which is a liberal conservative party. Such a party combines liberal and conservative stances, with the conservative stances largely influencing social and ethical concerns. One such […]


UN Sanctions Force North Korean Workers Overseas To Return Home

On December 23, 2017, the United Nations (UN) unanimously voted to enforce strict new sanctions on North Korea. These sanctions are in response to the recent missile launches from North Korea, particularly the one which Pyongyang says is capable of reaching anywhere in the United States. While there is still […]


Thousands Of Rohingya Flee To Bangladesh Border, Turned Away

On Friday, August 25th, violence erupted as result of a series of coordinated attacks by Rohingya, a Muslim minority, insurgents. The group attacked 30 police stations on Friday and violence continued through Sunday. The death toll has risen to 98, 80 of which are insurgents. Twelve are members of security […]


‘Truth Commission’ Means End Of Free Speech For Venezuela

In late July, Venezuela saw the formation of a new political body called the National Constituent Assembly. This was decided through a vote, which is now highly contested as reporting false numbers. President Nicolas Maduro called for the vote which led to the establishment of the staunch pro-government assembly. Critics […]


Venezuelan Attorney General Who Opposes President Removed From Office

On Saturday, August 5, Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega was forcibly removed from office in what she deemed to be a “siege” of power. She posted a number of photos on social media depicting the large number of troops surrounding her building and tweeted that she “denounce[d] this arbitrary act […]


North Korea Tests Newest ICBM

On July 28, North Korea conducted its latest in a series of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests. Launched at 23:41 North Korean time, the missile launched from the Jagang province, which is located in the north of the nation. The missile has been reported to have reached an altitude of […]


Understanding The Significance Of Water In The Israeli-Palestine Conflict

On July 13, 2017, Israeli and Palestinian officials announced that the two nations have reached a water-sharing deal in order to bring relief to Palestinian communities who have been without water for days and in some cases weeks.  US Middle East representative Jason Greenblatt announced the deal in Jerusalem. This […]


Multi-Nation Response To North Korean Missile Testing

On Saturday, July 8, 2017, two United States bombers were flown out to the Korean Peninsula to join South Korean and Japanese fighters to partake in a joint-training mission. This practice bombing run is in response to North Korea’s recent claim of a successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, as […]