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War on Iraq

Why we opposed war on Iraq

Greenpeace is opposed to war. We promote non-violent solutions to conflict. We actively campaign for the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction, held by any and all countries. Here are five reasons why we are opposed to the war in Iraq:
 
War would have devastating human and environmental consequences. The last Gulf war killed two hundred thousand people and left many of the survivors malnourished, diseased, and dying. Damage to ecosystems in the area remained years after the war ended. What are the consequences of this war? More  
War is an ineffective way to deal with weapons of mass destruction. There is a need for global disarmament from weapons of mass destruction that must be achieved through peaceful diplomatic negotiations. More  
Bush is clearly trying to gain control of Iraq's oil reserves. As Nelson Mandela has said, an attack on Iraq would be clearly motivated by George W. Bush's desire to please the US arms and oil industries. More  
This war is illegal and sets a dangerous precedent. Even Henry Kissinger argues that "the notion of justified pre-emption runs counter to modern international law, which sanctions the use of force in self-defense only against actual - not potential - threats." More  
It's hypocritical to single out Iraq. Other countries such as India, Pakistan and Israel all have weapons of mass destruction. More  

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17,000 hazardous chemicals and counting - open-sourcing Greenpeace’s global chemical...

Blog entry by Pierre Terras | 2 April, 2016 3 comments

Greenpeace is campaigning for a toxic-free future where hazardous chemicals are no longer produced, used and dumped into our environment. This includes chemicals which are persistent, toxic, bioaccumulative, carcinogenic and disruptive...

Sumatran rhino found while forest habitat is lost

Blog entry by Jamie Woolley | 1 April, 2016 1 comment

Last week, researchers announced the first live encounter with a Sumatran rhino in Borneo for over 40 years. But the human pressures that have pushed this species to the brink of extinction are still very much in play. A rhino...

It's time to talk about Belgium’s nuclear problem

Blog entry by Jan Vande Putte | 1 April, 2016

President Obama invited more than fifty heads of state and heads of government to a summit in Washington DC this week to discuss the risks of nuclear terrorism.  While the official agenda is tackling proliferation of nuclear weapons,...

The cattle battle: How one supermarket is stepping up to stop Amazon destruction for beef

Blog entry by Adriana Charoux | 30 March, 2016

Brazil's largest supermarket chain has just committed stop selling beef linked to Amazon destruction and human rights violations – because Brazilians demanded it. Today Grupo Pão de Açúcar – Brazil’s largest supermarket...

First faces of fortress Europe

Feature story | 30 March, 2016 at 15:00

It’s officially spring in the Northern Hemisphere but nobody seems to have told the weather gods in Lesbos. As 50-knot gusts of wind thump the island from the south, at least they bring welcome warm air and time to put some thoughts to paper.

Reflections on MSF, Lesbos and refugees

Blog entry by Stan Vincent, Ries Mentink, and Christine Weiss | 30 March, 2016 1 comment

Greenpeace spent four months assisting Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) carry out its humanitarian and aid work on the Greek island of Lesbos, including the rescue of refugees in distress at sea. As Greenpeace transitioned out of the...

Standing watch in solidarity with refugees

Blog entry by Mariadina Lilis | 29 March, 2016 1 comment

Ι'm sitting on a bench facing the sea, so many thoughts, so many decisions I have to make. Let the wind take them all. It's another day among many I've spent here at the joint Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-Greenpeace observation...

Stories from Lesbos

Blog entry by Camille Ghislain | 29 March, 2016 1 comment

For a week, a month or even longer, Greenpeace staff and volunteers have been lending their maritime expertise to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to help rescue refugees in distress at sea. They come from all...

A big deal for our ocean

Blog entry by Magnus Eckeskog | 28 March, 2016 6 comments

Today governments from all over the world will meet at the United Nations in New York to develop a new treaty to save our oceans. We will be there to ensure clear rules for the creation of sanctuaries that will give our oceans the...

How New Zealand stood up to the fossil fools

Blog entry by Nick Young | 23 March, 2016

Greenpeace New Zealand coordinated one of the largest civil disobedience climate protests in their country’s history... and it was a beautiful thing. More than 200 people descended on New Zealand’s largest oil industry conference...

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