The rains last week sped up the persistent deterioration of poorly maintained Havana building infrastructure. The Cuban government reports today that at least 135 buildings suffered damage including 18 totally collapsed and two reported deaths.
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Germany will be participating in this year’s awaited Havana Film Festival (December 5-15) with six feature films (five dramatic and one documentary film). One of the films we will have the opportunity to see is the highly acclaimed “Oh Boy”, written and directed by Jan Ole Gerster.
An almost stationary cold front over the north coast and western Cuba brought intense rains to Havana on Thursday and Friday as well as early Saturday. At 9:00 a.m. local time, flooding is present in numerous locations in the capital, especially in low lying areas.
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The author of several works published in Cuba and abroad, Miguel Angel Fraga sets out to capture the truth of a difficult and misunderstood era, the experiences of those who became Cuba’s first victims of the terrible HIV-AIDS epidemic. “I can say that it is thanks to HIV that I am a writer today,” he tells us during his interview for Havana Times.