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The world is experiencing one of the biggest economic downturns since the great depression.

Al Jazeera is focusing on the main events of the financial crisis and how the economic difficulties are impacting upon people's lives and welfares across the globe.

Counting the Cost is a weekly show that encompasses all the best of Al Jazeera's reports on how ordinary people's lives are affected by the crisis.

As well as exclusive stories we bring you expert guests and analysis.

On this week's show we look at the failures of the banks, hard times in an Israeli kibbutz and how it is surviving the financial crisis.

We also investigate how the countries that are affected by the typhoons are surviving, and take a look at General Motors and anger about its decisions in Germany.

This episode of Counting the Cost aired from Friday, November 6, 2009.

Source: Al Jazeera