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A Crisis of Civilization?

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Crisis is a word we've been hearing a lot over the last couple of weeks and months. In recent days it has been applied to the floods in Pakistan, mudslides in China, wild fires in Russia and riots in Greece.

Are there connections between these various crises that we are failing to make? Stephen Sackur spoke to Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, author of 'A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilization'.

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