Today, September 8th, 2021, the Ministry of Health held a press conference on COVID-19. I could not attend in person, but I could get three questions into the panel thanks to the ministries Information Officer.

Question one

How does the MOH determine a viral outbreak? Do resulting outcomes of illness factor into…


Over the past month, I have been tracking Saint Lucia’s COVID-19 dashboard for updated figures from the current spike of confirmed cases. I decided to compile the numbers per week rather than per day to identify trends better. …


I have grown immensely discouraged by the subject of COVID-19. It has become another point of tribal divisions, causing fissures in the facade of our society to grow into a gaping chasm. We have permitted strawman to dominate a space that demands we steelman arguments instead. Ad hominems are injected…


Today I am writing from my phone because my home internet has been down since 6 AM. I also experienced a frustrating and untimely outage yesterday. We all know the struggles of poor connectivity in Saint Lucia.

At one point, this would have been a mere inconvenience quickly brushed off…


Last night, August 16th, 2021, The Cheif Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Sharon Belmar-George, was the gest on Choice TV’s program “SoLucians.” I tuned in but was instantly triggered by the host’s opening remarks, which are best described as a pressure campaign of “blame & shame.” …


Medical interventions are not purely academic pursuits. There is a risk to reward ratio that must be considered as there are interwoven interests of business, culture, public safety, and liberty at play, to name a few. …


Unless you live under the proverbial rock or atop Mount Gimie, you would have witnessed or experienced the carnival-like festive campaign session pejoratively known as the silly session. During which mass crowded gathered across the island. Literal dump truck loads of people were not only allowed but actively facilitated by…


Last night august 11th, 2021, the Prime Minister (PM) delivered an address to the nation, providing updates on how his administration will be taking COVID-19 and introduce a set of protocols and restrictions that will take effect on Friday the 13th, 2021, till the end of August lasting just over…


It’s not about the vaccinated vs unvaccinated. It’s about liberty vs tyranny. We need vigorous debate, not divisive rhetoric that sets one side as callus conspiracy theorists and the other as fascistic control freaks. …


I have compassion towards newly elected Member of Parliament Hon Jeremiah Norbert for his traumatic ordeal; his fortitude is admirable. Though I sympathize with the situation, I cannot treat him any differently than other politicians. In today’s blog, I will examine comments made by both the Prime Minister (PM) and…

Jody A. von Wahl

Social commentary & political analysis of current affairs and the news worldwide — focusing on implications for Saint Lucia and Saint Lucians in the diaspora.

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