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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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Greenpeace confiscated 140 hooks from a pirate

Image | 14 July, 1995 at 1:00

Greenpeace confiscated 140 hooks from a pirate longliner in protest against overfishing.

A French vessel rammed the Greenpeace vessel

Image | 9 July, 1995 at 0:00

A French vessel rammed the Greenpeace vessel RAINBOW WARRIOR II and French commandos stormed on board, smashing windows on the bridge and throwing tear gas canisters. The RAINBOW WARRIOR had entered the 12 mile exclusion zone around Moruroa atoll...

Henk Haazen

Image | 8 July, 1995 at 0:00

Henk Haazen, Chris Robinson and David McTaggart on 'Vega' as the RAINBOW WARRIOR II makes an historic rendezvous with the veteran Greenpeace protest yacht VEGA outside the Moruroa nuclear test site

Solar powered house in England

Image | 30 June, 1995 at 1:00

Solar powered house in England. Solar power can provide electricity and hot water for domestic use.

French Nuclear Testing Tour

Image | 23 June, 1995 at 13:57

More than 1500 people, nearly one quarter of Rarotonga's 8000 population, marched against French nuclear testing from the RAINBOW WARRIOR II to the town centre. The RAINBOW WARRIOR II was visiting the Cook Islands en route to the French nuclear...

One of 1500 demonstrators

Image | 23 June, 1995 at 0:00

One of 1500 demonstrators, a quarter of the population of Raratonga, who turned out to protest French nuclear testing in 1995.

Islanders greet the RAINBOW WARRIOR II and her crew on their arrival in Rarotonga

Image | 21 June, 1995 at 14:11

June 1995, Cook Islands. Locals greet the Rainbow Waarrior and her crew on their arrival in Rarotonga, en route to the French nuclear test site of Moruroa to protest against French President Chirac's decision to resume nuclear testing.

Greenpeace re

Image | 20 June, 1995 at 1:00

Greenpeace re-occupies Shell's oil installation BRENT SPAR to prevent dumping at sea.

RAINBOW WARRIOR II en route to Moruroa atoll

Image | 20 June, 1995 at 1:00

RAINBOW WARRIOR II en route to Moruroa atoll to protest against French nuclear testing.

Greenpeace stopped the dumping of the Brent

Image | 16 June, 1995 at 1:00

Greenpeace stopped the dumping of the Brent Spar and other at-sea installations, in a campaign against using the oceans as a dumping ground.

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