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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 Amazonia campainger Paulo Adario

Image | 25 October, 2001 at 1:00

Greenpeace Amazonia campainger Paulo Adario surrounded by illegal mahogany logs in the state of Para, Brazil.

The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty

Publication | 21 October, 2001 at 0:00

Greenpeace briefing

Fort Greely and the Star Wars program

Publication | 21 October, 2001 at 0:00

Ground clearing, a preliminary step to the construction of missile interceptor silos for the Star Wars (National Missile Defense) program, began at Fort Greely in late August 2001. Many observers including the Russian government, see such...

Arctic Sunrise in the Amazon

Image | 18 October, 2001 at 15:30

MV Arctic Sunrise making it's way down an Amazon river.

Greenpeace occupied a maize field highlighting

Image | 15 October, 2001 at 1:00

Greenpeace occupied a maize field highlighting it as an example of one of the 300 local varieties at risk of being genetically contaminated.

Gustavo Ampugnani of Greenpeace with Mexican

Image | 15 October, 2001 at 1:00

Gustavo Ampugnani of Greenpeace with Mexican grown GE-free maize, demonstrating Mexico has no need for GE-contaminated maize from the US.

Digest of Greenpeace Documents Related to 1991 Gulf War and War in General

Publication | 10 October, 2001 at 0:00

Includes US Nuclear Weapons in the Persian Gulf Crisis (Arkin,Durrant) 1991, Background Briefing on Gulf War (Walsh, Arkin) 1991, and Greenpeace statements against wars in Afghanistan and Yugoslavia.

Safe Trade in the 21st Century

Publication | 1 October, 2001 at 0:00

Greenpeace comprehensive proposals and recommendations for the 4th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation.

The Santarém five & illegal logging - a case study

Publication | 1 October, 2001 at 0:00

This briefing investigates logging companies who are exporting the vast majority of wood from the port of Santarém in Para State in the eastern Amazon, and presents the evidence that all are involved in illegal and sometimes destructive logging.

Partners in mahogany crime

Publication | 1 October, 2001 at 0:00

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