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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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Exxon's Lee Raymond is WANTED for crimes

Image | 1 July, 2002 at 1:00

Exxon's Lee Raymond is WANTED for crimes against the climate.

Michael D

Image | 1 July, 2002 at 1:00

Michael D. Paker, CEO of Dow Inc, is wanted for crimes against the planet.

The Arctic Sunrise in opposition to the Takahama nuclear power plant

Image | 1 July, 2002 at 1:00

The Arctic Sunrise in opposition to the Takahama nuclear power plant.

Wind turbine erected by Greenpeace activists

Image | 1 July, 2002 at 1:00

Wind turbine erected by Greenpeace activists in front of the Doel nuclear power plant to protest discrimination against renewable energy by the Belgian government.

Around forty Greenpeace activists enter the

Image | 1 July, 2002 at 1:00

Around forty Greenpeace activists enter the Doel nuclear power plant in Belgium protesting against the renewable energy discrimination by the Belgian government.

Greenpeace Newsletter July 2002 - text only

Publication | 1 July, 2002 at 0:00

This month's Greenpeace member newsletter includes features about British Nuclear Fuels' plutonium shipment on route from Japan to England the flotilla of salty sailors that will oppose it on route. Also included are articles about the Japanese...

Greenpeace Newsletter July 2002

Publication | 1 July, 2002 at 0:00

This month's Greenpeace member newsletter includes features about British Nuclear Fuels' plutonium shipment on route from Japan to England the flotilla of salty sailors that will oppose it on route. Also included are articles about the Japanese...

Whaling fleet leaves to hunt Sei whales

Feature story | 1 July, 2002 at 0:00

The Japanese whaling fleet left port over the weekend on yet another "scientific" whaling expedition. But this time the whalers are looking for Sei whales, an endangered whale that has not been hunted in more than a quarter of a century.

China implements GE labelling

Feature story | 1 July, 2002 at 0:00

China's implementation of labelling for GE (genetically engineered) foods today brings to two billion the number of people worldwide whose country's require GE labelling.

Greenpeace volunteers dine out to show that

Image | 30 June, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace volunteers dine out to show that while China has introduced GE food labelling, Hong Kong is stalling.

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