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In this sweeping survey of an international crisis caused by "global capitalism based on speculation," author, Truthdig columnist and activist Chris Hedges delivers a stark and urgent apprisal of the worldwide catastrophe that's sure to come if the current system isn't confronted and forced to change.

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This week, "Democracy Now!" is broadcasting from Durban, South Africa, where the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 17, is taking place. Host Amy Goodman points to the high-stakes issues on the table at the conference, including the future of the Kyoto Protocol, and covers the action from last weekend's marches.

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The world leaders who showed up for the final stretch of the Copenhagen climate summit, perhaps assuming that their lesser representatives would have paved the way for a relatively easy finale, were in for some long hours and tough talks lasting into the night. Things didn't go as planned, it seems, and rifts between countries weren't being resolved in time Friday to strike the deals they sorely needed to make. Updated

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The oil and natural gas industry, the coal industry, arms and weapons manufacturers, industrial farms, deforestation industries, the automotive industry and chemical plants will not willingly accept their own extinction. They are indifferent to the looming human catastrophe.We can save groves of trees, protect endangered species and clean up rivers, but to leave the corporations unchallenged would mean our efforts would be wasted.

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