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A frightened villager brings the lid of a barrel that contained uranium oxide (yellowcake) taken from the Tuwaitha nuclear facility, that was left unsecured by occupying forces after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The family used this radioactive barrel to store water and are complaining of rashes and skin problems.

Say no to war

Greenpeace is opposed to war, and we don't believe war is the answer to ridding the world of Weapons of Mass Destruction. That's one of the reasons why we took particular issue with the war on Iraq. We joined with people all over the world in months of global action to promote a non-violent solution to the conflict in Iraq.

We believedthe war was more about oil than about effectively dealing with weaponsof mass destruction. It would result in devastating human andenvironmental consequences, and set a dangerous (not to mentionillegal)precedent.

Though the occupyingforces were quick to secure Iraqi oil fields, they neglected tosafeguard dangerous nuclear material. Now that material has made itsway to homes and schools. Weapons of mass destruction, the alleged reason for the war in the first place, were never found.

Uranium and other nuclear material stored under UN control in Iraquntil the fall of Saddam Hussein have been stolen and local residentsare reportedly displaying symptoms of radiation poisoning. Six weeksafter the occupying forces took control of the country, the US finallyconceded that the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic EnergyAgency (IAEA), could return to assess what has been stolen at part ofone site, Tuwaitha. Yet the IAEA has been refused access to the nearbypopulation or to other sites it wants to visit, in contravention of UNresolutions.

We went to Iraq in June 2003 with a small, specialist teamto examine the local environment and to assess the extent of anynuclear contamination. The team took samples of soil and water forlaboratory analysis and conducted on-site monitoring with specialistradiation detection equipment. While the extent of the Greenpeaceradiological survey will not be comprehensive, it will provide someidea of the true level of risk to the people of the area and to theenvironment.

We are calling for a full assessment of the situation at Tuwaitha and other nuclear sites in Iraq:

  • Theoccupying powers must allow the IAEA to remain in Iraq with anunrestricted mandate to test as well as document all nuclear sites.
  • Theoccupying powers must allow the IAEA to oversee an urgent medical andenvironmental assessment of the impact of the radioactive material thathas spread in the local community - a practice that would be standardin any other country and circumstance.
  • A hunt for all the industrial radioactive isotopes in Iraq must be conducted urgently - these are all potential dirty bombs.

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Greenpeace's Shard ascent reminds us of the power of civil disobedience

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | July 18, 2013 3 comments

As published in the Guardian on the 11th of July 2013. Does it all seem too hard? Does it feel like governments and corporations will always get away with it in the end? Do you ask yourself what one person alone can do? Greenpeace...

The diminishing glow of nuclear energy

Blog entry by Arin de Hoog | July 15, 2013 26 comments

In France, Greenpeace activists got past security and climbed reactor structures at the Tricastin nuclear power plant. They unfurled a banner which read: TRICASTIN ACCIDENT NUCLÉAIRE: PRÉSIDENT DE LA CATASTROPHE? (Tricastin Nuclear...

Kori Nuclear Reactor, South Korea

Image | July 15, 2013 at 12:17

The Rainbow Warrior is seen in front of the Kori 1 nuclear reactor, with a banner reading (in Korean): 'Chernobyl! Fukushima!, Busan?' as Greenpeace call for a nuclear energy phase out starting with the Kori 1 reactor, the oldest nuclear...

Protest at Tricastin Power Plant

Image | July 15, 2013 at 12:13

Greenpeace activists enter Tricastin Nuclear Power Plant and unfurl a banner reading: TRICASTIN ACCIDENT NUCLÉAIRE: PRÉSIDENT DE LA CATASTROPHE? (Tricastin Nuclear Accident: President of the Disaster?). Other activists projected images of a...

Nuclear Emergency Camp

Image | July 11, 2013 at 22:20

Greenpeace activists from Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan and the United States are escorted by Korean police after a three day protest at the iconic Gwangandaegyo Bridge concluded peacefully in Busan, South Korea. The activists are demanding the Korean...

130 metres high in Busan, South Korea

Blog entry by Jun Kwon Song | July 10, 2013

Today is my second day, 130 metres in the air, on the Gwangan Bridge in Busan, South Korea. This bridge is the symbol of Busan and I'm here with a simple message to the people of Busan: You are living in a danger zone. The other...

Nuclear Emergency Camp

Image | July 10, 2013 at 11:55

10 July 2013. The Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior arrives in the port of Busan, South Korea. Greenpeace is calling for the Korean government to widen the official nuclear evacuation zone to a thirty kilometer radius.

Nuclear Emergency Camp

Image | July 9, 2013 at 11:50

Greenpeace activists set up a hanging nuclear emergency camp between suspension cables on Busan's iconic Gwangandaegyo bridge, calling for the Korean government to widen the official nuclear evacuation zone to a thirty kilometer radius.

I was in Gezi to call for the End of Coal

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | July 1, 2013

On Saturday, in Istanbul, I marched with 500 young people from 134 countries and several thousand people from Turkey , for the right to live in a healthy environment: to demand the End of the Age of Coal. In the wake of the Gezi...

Gezi park: equal rights, justice, the environment and a better future

Blog entry by Pinar Aksogan | June 28, 2013

From Egypt to Spain, to Turkey to Brazil, people are demanding equal rights, justice, democracy and a better future. Maybe we all have different demands but we inspire the world and solidarity brings strength. Here in Istanbul, in...

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