Stories


Cuba: A New Reality

By Alexa Coveney and Abby Del Vecchio Havana, Cuba – Despite the crumbling infrastructure and societal problems in Cuba, art thrives in the city of Havana. Wilay Méndez Páez is a sculptor, painter and poet who uses discarded and decomposing … Continue reading

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The WiFi Hotspot Revolution

Story by Emily Benson Video by Briceyda Landaverde Havana, Cuba – It’s 10 p.m. in Old Havana and scores of people are packed onto one street, but it’s not for drinking and it’s not for a party. The streetlights are … Continue reading

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The Curious Case of Catholicism in Cuba

Habana Christ ADV

Story and Video by Janelle Clausen Audio Story by Emily Benson Havana, Cuba — Cristo de La Habana, a 20-meter tall marble masterpiece of Jesus Christ, overlooks the city from La Cabana Hill. His empty eyes see all of Havana and … Continue reading

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Creating Kings of the Ring

Coach Nardo Mestre Flores, 64,  demonstrates appropriate technique. Photo by Alexa Coveney.

By Janelle Clausen Havana, Cuba – Aging sheet metal, rusting beams and aging walls protect the open-air Rafael Trejo boxing gym from the elements. The tarmac is torn, there are cracks in the concrete and the fences are aging with … Continue reading

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Casa Particulares Rise Alongside Individual Enterprise

Casas

By Ivana Stolnik Vinales, Cuba – To the outside observer, Havana appears to be stuck in time, unchanged for decades. Nineteen fifties American classic cars are everywhere. Buildings are rundown and nearly collapsing. The smell of cigars is in the … Continue reading

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