Tag Archives: 2016

Nine Misconceptions About Cuba

By Janelle Clausen Most Americans see Cuba through nostalgia and distance. They will comment about its 1950s cars, cigars, rum and aging infrastructure, not to mention its wonderful weather and beaches. Meanwhile, they safely put the nation’s struggles at a … Continue reading

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From Tourist to Tour Guide

Cloonan moved to Cuba after a life-changing trip to the country in 2012. Photo by Rick RIcioppo.

Story by Briana Lionetti Video by Rick Ricioppo Havana, Cuba – When Chris Cloonan got through security at the Jose Marti Airport in Cuba, he heard a security guard yell his name. He immediately put his hands up in the air. … Continue reading

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Soccer is Scoring in Cuba

By Janelle Clausen Havana, Cuba – Baseball may still be winning the soul of Cuba, but soccer is stepping up to the plate. “The new generation doesn’t really care about baseball, but the older generation— that’s what they grew up with,” … Continue reading

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The Way of the Saints

One of the many shrines inside the House of Santeria in Callejon de Hamel, Cuba. People who practice the syncretic religion of Santeria worship many gods. All around the house were figures of different ethnicities, like seen here an Arabic, a Navajo Native American, an African American and a Caucasian all on the same ledge. Photo by Rick Ricioppo.

By Briana Lionetti Callejon de Hamel, Cuba – At the House of Santeria in Callejon de Hamel, Cuba, one will find statues of Navajo Native Americans, Chinese Buddhists, and Jesus Christ on the cross. There are also gifts to the … Continue reading

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For the Love of the Game

By Kayla Shults Havana, Cuba – The pitcher, dressed in all red makes eye contact with his catcher before winding up. The baseball flies from his hand, only to make direct contact with the hitter’s bat. What could have been an … Continue reading

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Hasta Luego, Cuba

By Abby Del Vecchio I remember, during my first semester at Stony Brook, hearing about an upcoming Journalism Without Walls trip to Istanbul, Turkey. I was amazed at the fact that students were able to go to another country and … Continue reading

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Running Out of Cuban Time… Adios La Habana

By Janelle Clausen & Julio Avila The day started early…real early, well after midnight. The crew wanted one last glimpse of historic Old Havana before departing Cuba the next day…later, actually (It felt like the day before). Most of us … Continue reading

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A Change of Scenery and a New Place to Stay

A panoramic view of Vinales from the rooftop of our casa particulare. Photo by Kayla Shults.

By Kayla Shults Wednesday morning began bright and early as we checked out of the Hotel Capri and got ready for the four hour drive to Viñales, the countryside town where we would be spending the night in someone’s private … Continue reading

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Sunday in Havana

Cristina Escobar speaks with students about the unique state of journalism in Cuba. Photo Credit: Rick Ricioppo.

By Alexa Coveney Today is our second day in Havana. We met with Cristina Escobar Domínguez, a Cuban television broadcaster and journalist. She is the host of a weekly television talk show, “Once a Week,” which focuses on Cuban art, … Continue reading

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En Route to Cuba


By Briceyda Landaverde Last night, I could not sleep. This coming morning I was about to embark on a trip to a place where most Americans are forbidden to visit, even today few have seen. Briana and I arrived at … Continue reading

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