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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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Don't Buy Exxon Esso Mobil

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Don't Buy Exxon Esso Mobil

On the 24th May 2002 Greenpeace protest alongside

Image | 24 May, 2002 at 1:00

On the 24th May 2002 Greenpeace protest alongside the pro-whalers on the final day of the International Whaling Commission.

IWC meeting ends

Feature story | 24 May, 2002 at 0:00

The democratic process took a pummeling again today at the IWC when the indigenous peoples of the Inuit and Chukotka were denied their quota for a second time.

Mexican whale santuary declared

Feature story | 24 May, 2002 at 0:00

Today Mexico decreed the Mexican Whale Sanctuary in all of its EEZ (exclusive economic zone) in the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. The area of the sanctuary is approximately three million square kilometers.

New arms agreement ineffective

Feature story | 24 May, 2002 at 0:00

Today's US/Russian arms control agreement was denounced by Greenpeace as meaningless and weak.

Greenpeace Japan whales campaigner Mitoji

Image | 23 May, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace Japan whales campaigner Mitoji Nagasawa tells the media that world is watching Japan's vote buying programme at the meeting of the International Whaling Commission

Greenpeace applauded the UK Government’s decision announced today to refuse...

Feature story | 23 May, 2002 at 0:00

Greenpeace applauded the UK Government’s decision announced today to refuse permission on environmental grounds for a massive expansion of the Edmonton incinerator in North London.

Save our seeds!

Feature story | 22 May, 2002 at 0:00

Sign the online petition at www.saveourseeds.org to keep seeds free from genetic manipulation.

Controversial EU GE report published

Feature story | 22 May, 2002 at 0:00

After a long delay, the European Commission finally published the full text of a report on the co-existence of GE and non-GE crops in the European Union today.

Greenpeace activists protest at the entrance

Image | 21 May, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists protest at the entrance of France's largest oil refinery owned by Esso.

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