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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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Provider now beggar, due to industrial disaster

Image | 10 December, 2001 at 1:00

Bhopal, India is the site of the world's worst industrial disaster, where a Union Carbide chemical plant released 40 tonnes of highly toxic methyl isocyanate. The disaster killed thousands and the polluted site of the abandoned factory still...

'I remember making three tiered graves

Image | 10 December, 2001 at 1:00

'I remember making three tiered graves. There was no option but to pile up one body on top of another. In those three to four days we must have buried more than 4,000 people' says Mohammad Aziz as he looks at the skeletons that have come out of...

Skulls discarded after research at the Hamidia

Image | 10 December, 2001 at 1:00

Skulls discarded after research at the Hamidia Hospital in Bhopal. Medical experts believe that the gas inhaled by the people of Bhopal may have affected the brain.

Toxic water from Bhopal that locals are forced

Image | 3 December, 2001 at 1:00

Toxic water from Bhopal that locals are forced to use because Dow Chemical refuses to clean up the site of the world's worst industrial disaster. The water was delivered to the European headquaters of Dow in Switzerland.

WANTED

Image | 3 December, 2001 at 1:00

WANTED -Warren Anderson- poster displayed by the local groups at the 17th anniversary Bhopal disaster demonstations.

Survivors display a poster calling for the

Image | 3 December, 2001 at 1:00

Survivors display a poster calling for the extradition of Warren Anderson, former Chief Executive of Union Carbide, from the US.

Protestors draw attention to the contrast

Image | 3 December, 2001 at 1:00

Protestors draw attention to the contrast between efforts to find Osama bin Laden and those to extradite Warren Anderson, former chief executive of Union Carbide. Anderson is evading justice in the United States and wanted for crimes in Bhopal.

Protestors draw attention to the contrast

Image | 3 December, 2001 at 1:00

Protestors draw attention to the contrast between efforts to find Osama bin Laden and those to extradite Warren Anderson, former chief executive of Union Carbide. Anderson is evading justice in the United States and wanted for crimes in Bhopal.

The suffering continues in Bhopal but not

Image | 3 December, 2001 at 1:00

The suffering continues in Bhopal but not in silence. Sunil Kumar (right) calls for justice. He was given up for dead when the disaster struck.

Protestors draw attention to the contrast

Image | 3 December, 2001 at 1:00

Protestors draw attention to the contrast between efforts to find Osama bin Laden and those to extradite Warren Anderson, former chief executive of Union Carbide. Anderson is evading justice in the United States and wanted for crimes in Bhopal.

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