Best of the rest: The human impact of land policy

    by Best of the web
    Wednesday, 1 February 2017 11:34 GMT

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Watching for the next generation of land activists - and all the top stories from across the web

This week, the impact of US President Donald Trump's immigration ban highlighted the personal impact policy can have on individuals and families.

The human story also can't be ignored when it comes to land policies. We wrote about the thousands of suicides among farmers in India - more than 8,000 in 2015 alone. The Hindu focused in on just one such tragic case - reporting that another farmer had killed himself after being forced to give up his land to the government, who are building a reservoir. 

As protests raged around the world, Malia Obama attended a Dakota Access Pipeline protest at the Sundance Film Festival - a reminder that a new generation of land rights activists are engaging and ready to take charge.

- Sally Hayden

Discover more top stories from around the web this week. Have we missed anything? Tweet me @sallyhayd or email


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Malia Obama joins Dakota Access Pipeline protest

Israel evicts Amona settlers as 3,000 new homes approved elsewhere

Police evictions of illegal West Bank settlers met with violent protests from Israelis

Malaysian court's decision sets back Indigenous land rights

Minorities forum demands land rights in southern Punjab

Evicted Cape Town residents challenge city's emergency housing offer

Phuket court rules for sea gypsies


Sydney's last stand: the residents holding out against gentrification

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Israel and the Palestinians: Can settlement issue be solved?


Britain has enough land to solve the housing crisis – it's just being hoarded

Cities could save millions of dollars by preventing evictions

From Ireland: New laws mean landlords will sell, tenants will be evicted

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