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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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Greenpeace activists boarding the MV Balaban

Image | 14 April, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists boarding the MV Balaban 1, a ship delivering illegally logged Amazon wood.

Shipment blocked in Dutch port

Feature story | 14 April, 2002 at 0:00

Greenpeace's newest ship, Esperanza, and flagship, Rainbow Warrior, joined forces today off the coast of the Netherlands to block the harbour and stop ancient forest timber from entering the port of Flushing.

Forest protesters arrested in US

Feature story | 13 April, 2002 at 0:00

Greenpeace activists exposing a shipment of illegal Brazilian mahogany in a Miami port were arrested along with a freelance photographer.

Action to highlight wood imports from the

Image | 12 April, 2002 at 1:00

Action to highlight wood imports from the Amazon.

Two more protesters freed

Feature story | 12 April, 2002 at 0:00

Two more Greenpeace activists today walked free from court in Los Angeles, after pleading guilty to conspiring to trespass at a military installation, during a peaceful protest against the Star Wars missile defence programme last July.

Two Greenpeace activists walked free from

Image | 12 April, 2002 at 0:00

Two Greenpeace activists walked free from court in Los Angeles today.

Schoolboys line up to draw increasing scarce

Image | 10 April, 2002 at 1:00

Schoolboys line up to draw increasing scarce water from a Mongolian well.

Old woman in pain

Image | 10 April, 2002 at 1:00

Old woman in pain. With the increasing drought and the rise in desertification, communities have become poverty stricken. Villagers in the area lack food, fresh drinking water and cannot afford medicines for the sick and elderly.

Once productive lands destroyed by desertification

Image | 10 April, 2002 at 1:00

Once productive lands destroyed by desertification.CONTRACT HAS EXPIRED AND GREENPEACE CAN NO LONGER USE THESE IMAGES - UNLESS A FEE IS PAID TO THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Mongolian villagers migrate to the ever descreasing

Image | 10 April, 2002 at 1:00

Mongolian villagers migrate to the ever descreasing grassland regions to escape the desertifaction of areas of Inner Mongolia

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