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Caribbean watchers took note recently when Winair announced plans to suspend its St. Maarten-Nevis service, and then abruptly rescinded the move after talks with the Nevis tourism ministry.

Even more notable: A pal with a shortwave radio says he first heard the story on an English-language shortwave news broadcast from Cuba.

Shortwave radio? It still exists in this age of tweets and blogs?

It's alive and well, in Cuba and elsewhere, and this little story reminds us that Cuba is not as "isolated" as defenders of the U.S. embargo might think. It's participating in, and reporting on, the economic life of the Caribbean even as we "tweet."

-- Bill Poling 

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