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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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Rigging the system - How japan is buying control of the IWC

Publication | 18 May, 2002 at 0:00

Rigging the system – How japan is buying control of the IWC

Science, Culture or Commerce? The truth about Japanese whaling, May 2002

Publication | 18 May, 2002 at 0:00

On the 6th November 2001, the Japanese whaling fleet left for Antarctic waters to hunt 440 minkewhales. Japan claims that this hunt is for 'scientific research' but in reality it is just one tactic in along-term strategy orchestrated by the...

StopEsso day success

Feature story | 18 May, 2002 at 0:00

Today 400 of Esso's UK petrol stations were the scene of StopEsso protests. Protesters from all walks of life were out in force to ensure Esso and its customers get the message that Esso's policies make it the world's No1 global warmer.

UK landmark proclaims "I've got the balls

Image | 16 May, 2002 at 1:00

UK landmark proclaims "I've got the balls to boycott Esso".

Negative GE study suppressed

Feature story | 16 May, 2002 at 0:00

A secret European Union (EU) study states that large-scale production of GE crops would bring high additional, in some cases unsustainable costs of production.

PNG condemns logging project

Feature story | 15 May, 2002 at 0:00

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Sir Mekere Morauta, has joined Greenpeace and landowners in condemning the destructive logging project Kiunga Aiambak.

Swedish activist

Image | 14 May, 2002 at 1:00

Swedish activist, dressed in bee costume, is arrested for protest against open-air GE experiment in Swedish field.

PNG action against illegal logging

Feature story | 14 May, 2002 at 0:00

A Greenpeace action to stop the export of illegally and destructively logged timber from Papua New Guinea to China continued into its third day today.

Swedish GE protesters arrested

Feature story | 14 May, 2002 at 0:00

Greenpeace activists' month-long protest against genetically engineered (GE) field trials ended today as police removed the protesters from the field where the open-air experiment will take place.

Greenpeace action against Malaysian logging

Image | 13 May, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace action against Malaysian logging company Concord Pacific in Papua New Guinea over illegal logging.

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