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.

Malaysia Scheduled To Hold General Elections

On April 10, 2018, the Malaysian Election Commission announced that a general election has been scheduled to take place on May 9th of this year. This is a controversial move and is regarded as a threat to the ruling coalition’s 61-year reign. Barisan Nasional (BN) is the ruling coalition in […]

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 […]

The Impact Of Bermuda’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

On Thursday February 8th, Bermuda became the first jurisdiction in the world to first legalize same-sex marriage, only to subsequently repeal the legalization. The Supreme Court of the British island territory ruled same-sex marriage legal less than a year ago in May of 2017. The bill was signed into law […]

Poland Senate Passes Controversial Holocaust Bill

During the late hours of February 1, 2018, the Polish Upper House of Parliament, known as the Senate, voted on and approved a controversial bill relating to the Holocaust. The bill states, “whoever accuses, publicly and against the facts, the Polish nation, or the Polish state, of being responsible or complicit […]

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 […]

US Senate Nears Shutdown

On Thursday, January 18th, the United States House of Representatives voted by a margin of 230-197 for a budget bill to extend funding through February 16, effectively ending a government shutdown. However, there are still concerns regarding which way members of the Senate will vote, leaving many U.S. citizens scared […]

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 […]