Short news from Portugal.
After the recent years of forest fires in Portugal, goats are being used in a pilot project to prevent further fires. They graze, keeping the grass short in particularly dangerous places, making them slower to burn. Since 2017, Portugal has been hit by devastating fires every summer and the landscape is only gradually recovering. Various measures are therefore being implemented. Trees along the roads, for example, have to be cut back more heavily to prevent fires from spreading.
The unresolved conflict between Catalonia and Spain, and how a democratic state reacts to the desire for a people’s vote – a visit to Barcelona. more
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I am often asked for advice by people putting on events: Which writer from the Islamic world can we invite to read here? Who could we give a prize or a scholarship? It’s not hard to suggest suitable names. more
About a special animal in South Sudan. more
Short news from the United Arab Emirates. more
Italian poet Federico Italiano has created a volume of poetry called “Grand Tour”, which brings together the young European poetry scene. In an interview, he explains what the generation of writers have in common and the surprises he found along the way. more