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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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Philippine artists dramatize the dangers

Image | 17 June, 2002 at 1:00

Philippine artists dramatize the dangers posed by polluting waste disposal technology.

Protest against incineration in Turkey

Image | 17 June, 2002 at 1:00

Protest against incineration in Turkey. Activists hung banner from 127-metre Atakule Tower in Ankara.

Worldwide anti-incineration protest

Feature story | 17 June, 2002 at 0:00

Today Greenpeace and community groups around the world staged protests against burning waste.

The armed British nuclear transport ship

Image | 14 June, 2002 at 1:00

The armed British nuclear transport ship Pacific Pintail sailing into the Takahama port on the 14/06/02

The armed British nuclear transport ship

Image | 14 June, 2002 at 1:00

The armed British nuclear transport ship, Pacific Pintail sailing into Takahama, Japan on 14 June 2002.

Plutonium freighter reaches Japan

Feature story | 14 June, 2002 at 0:00

When the armed British nuclear transport ship Pacific Pintail sailed into a Japanese port today, it was met by protests from local Japanese anti-nuclear activists and Greenpeace.

Can a billion mouseclicks save a planet?

Image | 13 June, 2002 at 1:00

Can a billion mouseclicks save a planet?

Nakajima Tetsuen, anti-nuclear activist

Image | 12 June, 2002 at 1:00

Nakajima Tetsuen, anti-nuclear activist

Greenpeace activists and local workers during

Image | 12 June, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists and local workers during the occupation of a log barge at Umunda Island.

Greenpeace activists jailed

Feature story | 12 June, 2002 at 0:00

Two Greenpeace activists have been held in isolation in police cells for eight days in Sweden. They were arrested for taking part in a peaceful protest against an oil dumping vessel and have been detained on suspicion of aggravated trespass.

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