After initially accepting his defeat in December's election, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who has been in power for 22 years, is contesting the results before the Supreme Court. Despite this, President-elect Adama Barrow says he will be inaugurated next week, and this has Gambians who fled the country — journalists, protestors, lecturers — contemplating what a return home would mean. Joseph Stepansky for Al Jazeera.
Next week, Barack Obama's time in the White House comes to an end. For the Globe and Mail, Adam Radwanski travels to Chicago to speak with community organizers from Obama's past. What emerges is a picture of the president that "serves as a useful lens for making sense of his time in office...and perhaps even the peculiar way it is ending, with an ostensibly popular president about to be replaced by his polar opposite."
Profiting from refugees
In case you missed it over the holidays, this interactive feature from the Huffington Post's Highline unearths the unsettling economic side of the world's refugee crisis. "These are the stories of the CEOs, criminal masterminds, pencil-pushers and low-flying vultures," write Malia Politzer and Emily Kassie, "who have figured out how to profit from global instability, also known as human suffering."
In Foreign Policy, James Palmer describes how the dangerous air conditions in Northern China that used to cause outrage are now, worryingly, seen as normal. This is a story the entire world will soon face, Palmer warns, with climate change on the rise: "We’ll mentally rescale, turning the once unacceptable into the merely bad." What does this mean for our response to disasters?