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George Bush leads the US toward a policy of unilateral, pre-emptive counterproliferation warfighting strategy.

Abolish nuclear weapons

The Cold War may be over, but this does not mean nuclear weapons have disappeared. Far from it: There are over 30,000 nuclear weapons in the world, with more than a thousand of them ready to launch at a moment's notice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Over 400 reactors in warships and nuclear submarines are still circlingthe globe. Some are rotting away on the bottom of the ocean or in adistant port somewhere in Russia. Accidents such as the Russiansubmarine, the Kursk, tragically sinking in the Barents Sea can happenevery day, anywhere.

Over 2,000 nuclear weapons tests have left a legacy of global andregional contamination. People living near the test sites have sufferedfrom cancers, stillbirths, miscarriages and other health effects -- and are still suffering today. Manyhad to leave their hometown or island as it became too contaminated tolive there.

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The nuclear threat has quite literally scaled down in the last twodecades. While the prospect of an all out exchange of arsenals betweenRussia and the US has receded, the 15 kilotons of destructionthat obliterated Hiroshima could today be accomplished with a lunch-boxsized bomb. George Bush talks openly of developing new "more useable"nuclear weapons. Even more alarmingly, the administration continues toseek approval for a programme geared toward designing more robust, more'usable' nuclear weapons.

The prospects of a nuclear weapon actuallybeing used are perhaps greater today than during the cold war.

Today, the number of countries involved in active weapons programsis increasing. A growing number of countries are lining up to join thenuclear club, increasing the chance that a nuclear catastrophe willhappen somewhere on the planet. 

George Bush's war on Weapons of Mass Descruction had its firstconcrete result when the number of countries in the world with declarednuclear weapons increased to 8 from 7, when North Korea announced thatit had built "enough nuclear weapons to deter a US attack."

Nuclear brinkmanship is inevitable in a climate of nuclearhypocrisy. Only when all countries pursue nuclear disarmament in goodfaith can we begin putting the nuclear genie back in the bottle bybanning the use and manufacture of the nuclear materials at the heart of the bomb.

The only thing that will stop the threat is the voice of the second superpower: world opinion.

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Police guards and barbed wire keep out public

Image | 21 October, 2002 at 1:00

Police guards and barbed wire keep out public opinion while the GE seed industry plots the contamination of European land inside.

Activists shut down a Mobil station in the

Image | 19 October, 2002 at 1:00

Activists shut down a Mobil station in the heart of Beverly Hills just minutes after shutting down a station in Manhattan.

Greenpeace activists shut down a Mobil station

Image | 19 October, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists shut down a Mobil station today in the heart of Beverly Hills just minutes after shutting down a station in Manhattan. Protestors peacefully chained themselves to gas pumps at both locations and dropped a banner that read...

Lucy on board the Rainbow Warrior

Image | 18 October, 2002 at 0:00

Lucy on board the Rainbow Warrior

Bush: how will you explain war with Iraq to your children?

Feature story | 18 October, 2002 at 0:00

As United States policy turns from deterrence to dominance, John Passacantando, director of Greenpeace in the US, is asking George W. Bush some hard questions. But the toughest question for Bush is how will he explain a war on the Iraqi people...

Cement plant action - Carboneras, Spain

Slideshow | 17 October, 2002

Mahogany trade of power, corruption and blood

Feature story | 17 October, 2002 at 0:00

The wood oozes glamour and prestige in the gleaming showrooms of the north. But its plunder drives the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, corruption and even murder.

Cement plant blockade

Feature story | 16 October, 2002 at 0:00

The Esperanza’s Mediterranean tour kicked off Tuesday with a protest against at a cement plant, twenty-nine arrests and some rough stuff from the Spanish authorities.

Activist being arrested at protest against

Image | 15 October, 2002 at 1:00

Activist being arrested at protest against using trash as fuel in a cement plant, which would produce toxic ash, air borne pollution and contaminated cement.

A peaceful activists gets taken down by Spanish authorities

Image | 15 October, 2002 at 1:00

A peaceful activists gets taken down by Spanish authorities while protesting at a Holcim cement plant.

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