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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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As leaders of community groups and African

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As leaders of community groups and African NGO's talked, thousands of marchers listened patiently.

The strong military prescence was on the

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The strong military prescence was on the outskirts of Johannesburg was overt, although the rally was non violent.

What kind of future will the 2002 Earth Summit

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What kind of future will the 2002 Earth Summit in Johannesburg offer these children?

This rally through the heart of Johannesburg

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This rally through the heart of Johannesburg remained non violent, despite earlier fears to the contrary.

A clear indication that while the delegates

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A clear indication that while the delegates inside the convention make new alliances and forge tenuous political partnerships, outside the UN buildings very real walls based on access to resouces continue to exist.

A few thousand people march to Sandton in

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A few thousand people march to Sandton in Johannesburg. The previous week, police used stun grenades against its own citizens - marchers commented that ment only a few thousand marched instead of tens of thousands.

The issues discussed at the Earth Summit

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The issues discussed at the Earth Summit affect communities, especially women and children. Critical to most African communities is the issue of water: it needs to be clean, safe and drinkable.

NEPAD is the New Economic Partnership for

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NEPAD is the New Economic Partnership for Africa's Development. African NGO's are angry that they were not consulted or involved in its creation.

The messages were as varied as the marchers

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The messages were as varied as the marchers themselves. The uniting sentiment was one of displeasure at the progress made so far by the Earth Summit delegations that seem to be actively protecting corporate interests.

A rally at the Earth Summit saw people of

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A rally at the Earth Summit saw people of all ages walk for 7 hours through the streets of Johannesburg - starting at the poorest suburb of Alexandria and finishing at Sandton, the elite heart of the city.

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