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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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Eco Equity, August 27: Hey EU, What are You Doing?

Publication | 27 August, 2002 at 0:00

The European Union is softening on two crucial environmental principles.

Corporate Crimes, The need for an international instrument on corporate...

Publication | 27 August, 2002 at 0:00

In this report Greenpeace presents the Bhopal Principles on Corporate Accountability and Liability, a comprehensive set of principles to ensure that human rights, food sovereignty and clean and sustainable development are not threatened by...

Citizens sue US government for climate change

Feature story | 27 August, 2002 at 0:00

This year we have seen an alarming number of climate related disasters - floods in Europe, devastating storms in Asia, heat waves across North America - and these types of disasters are expected to increase in frequency and intensity as our...

The testament of a Bhopal survivor

Feature story | 27 August, 2002 at 0:00

That night I was sleeping, we had no notion that any thing like this would happen. It was around the middle of the night. I woke up to the pungent smell of irritation of something like burning chilis. Everyone was coughing in the house, everyone...

Where's Warren?

Feature story | 27 August, 2002 at 0:00

The start of the Earth Summit in South Africa, a comfortable residence somewhere in the US and a small Indian court house. One man connects all these things in a 18 year tale of disaster, death and corporate irresponsibility.

Closeup: As well as showcasing the cultural

Image | 26 August, 2002 at 1:00

Closeup: As well as showcasing the cultural richness of South Africa, the opening of the Earth Summit explored themes such as people being tied to a degraded environment.

In partnership for a stronger Earth Summit

Image | 26 August, 2002 at 1:00

In partnership for a stronger Earth Summit.

Eleven of the twelve Greenpeace activists

Image | 26 August, 2002 at 1:00

Eleven of the twelve Greenpeace activists outside Atlantis Magistrates Court, where members of the group are on trial after staging a protest on Koeberg Nuclear Power Station.

Eco-Equity August 26, Great Expectations

Publication | 26 August, 2002 at 0:00

Avid Eco-Equity readers will remember that at the beginning of Week 2 of the Bali PrepComm, the Eco Coalition identified 11 key test cases for Johannesburg: Eleven make-or-break issue that would serve as a litmus test for the summit’s success. As...

Hope for the summit

Feature story | 26 August, 2002 at 0:00

On the first day of the Earth Summit, a coalition of non-governmental organizations, including Greenpeace, called on the delegates to go further than insubstantial rhetoric to achieve real, lasting gains.

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