afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.
afrol News - Police forces in Djibouti have arrested up to 300 protesters as mass demonstrations against last week's allegedly rigged polls shook the capital yesterday and today. Most opposition leaders were also arrested in police raids.
afrol News - The political opposition in Djibouti is furious and mobilising for mass protests against alleged rigging of Friday's elections. It hopes to succeed repeating the mass mobilisation of February 2011, when the Arab spring came to Djibouti.
afrol News - As the deadline to register candidates for Djibouti's 8 April presidential election has passed, no opposition candidates have registered. The boycott comes as further anti-government protests are planned.
afrol News - Eritrea, the most closed dictatorship in Africa, has censored all news about the popular unrest in North Africa and neighbouring Djibouti. Only the exiled opposition talks about revolution.
afrol News - Djibouti's government today has confirmed that it has freed the country's three main opposition leaders, arrested following this weekend's massive protests. Meanwhile, the army warns against new protests.
afrol News - Protesters in Djibouti keep taking to the streets today, after a mass protest on Friday gathered more people than expected. At least two have been killed in clashes so far and the opposition leader is arrested.
afrol News - Today's anti-government protests in Djibouti, calling for President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh to step down, are larger than expected. Around 30,000 out of the capital's 600,000 population took to the streets.
afrol News - Somaliland ministers and a visiting donor from the Norwegian government inaugurated a new modern prison in Hargeisa, which will make it possible to convict Somali pirates caught by international forces.
afrol News - In May 2013, 20 years have passed since Eritreans euphorically celebrated their long-fought independence from Ethiopia. The Asmara government reports of large anniversary celebrations all over the country, bur in reality, most Eritreans would prefer to escape Africa's most brutal dictatorship.
afrol News - As I watched the youth-driven upheavals that have awoken the comatose Arab people into action to reclaim their dignity, I could not help but compare the situation of the Facebook empowered youth that spearheaded Egypt's revolution with the Al Qaeda inspired Somali youth Al Shabab.
afrol News - Somaliland, with marvellous beaches, breathtaking diving opportunities, scenic mountains and rich culture, is the definitive frontier of tourism. Not because it is unsafe, but because there is absolutely no tourism infrastructure and you'll feel like you are the first visitor.
afrol News - Afdhere Jama talks to a Somali gay couple that has staid together since their childhood in Mogadishu in the 1980s. Abdulle and Sakariye escaped the marriages arranged by their parents and sought freedom in the "liberal" town of Shalaamboot. But "freedom" came at a higher price than the young couple expected.