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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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Amanda

Image | 1 June, 2002 at 1:00

Amanda, Greenpeace crew member on board the MV Esperanza

I remember making three

Image | 1 June, 2002 at 1:00

I remember making three-tired graves. In those three to four days we must have buried more than 4,000 persons, says Mohammad Aziz as he looks at these skeletons that have come out of the graves.

Genetically engineered wheat - Changing our daily bread

Publication | 1 June, 2002 at 0:00

Wheat is grown on an enormous scale world wide. The 560 million tonnes of wheat produced each year makes up more than one quarterof the world cereal output. Wheat forms an important part of many people’s diet in both the developedand developing...

Corporate Crimes

Publication | 1 June, 2002 at 0:00

Compiles cases of corporate crime from various industrial sectors, including the chemical, forest, mining, genetic engineering, nuclear and oil industries, from different parts of the world.

Empty promises: The “Rome Declaration on World Food Security” in 1996 and today’s...

Publication | 1 June, 2002 at 0:00

When representatives of 186 countries (112 of them heads of state) met in Rome in November1996, their declared aim was to secure a political commitment to tackle the underlying issuescauseing widespread hunger and malnutrition. They committed...

Food dictators won't feed the world - they are part of the problem

Publication | 1 June, 2002 at 0:00

Genetic Engineering (GE) has nothing to do with feeding a hungry world. The contrary is the case. The main reasons for hunger lie in social and political problems.

Vůdce nomádů Along Sega a jeho vnuk zkoumají

Image | 1 June, 2002 at 0:00

Vůdce nomádů Along Sega a jeho vnuk zkoumají pařez nedaleko své vesnice v oblasti Sungai Nyakit uprostřed Sarawackého deštného pralesa, Malajsie.

Exxon shareholders changing ways

Feature story | 30 May, 2002 at 0:00

ExxonMobil shareholders delivered a massive blow to the company today in a vote on the company's renewable energy policies.

Greenpeace action at Esso headquarters in

Image | 29 May, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace action at Esso headquarters in Hamburg, Germany.

Action at Esso's German HQ.

Image | 29 May, 2002 at 1:00

Action at Esso's German HQ.

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