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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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Science, Culture or Commerce? The truth about Japanese whaling, May 2002

Publication | 18 May, 2002 at 0:00

On the 6th November 2001, the Japanese whaling fleet left for Antarctic waters to hunt 440 minkewhales. Japan claims that this hunt is for 'scientific research' but in reality it is just one tactic in along-term strategy orchestrated by the...

StopEsso day success

Feature story | 18 May, 2002 at 0:00

Today 400 of Esso's UK petrol stations were the scene of StopEsso protests. Protesters from all walks of life were out in force to ensure Esso and its customers get the message that Esso's policies make it the world's No1 global warmer.

UK landmark proclaims "I've got the balls

Image | 16 May, 2002 at 1:00

UK landmark proclaims "I've got the balls to boycott Esso".

Negative GE study suppressed

Feature story | 16 May, 2002 at 0:00

A secret European Union (EU) study states that large-scale production of GE crops would bring high additional, in some cases unsustainable costs of production.

PNG condemns logging project

Feature story | 15 May, 2002 at 0:00

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Sir Mekere Morauta, has joined Greenpeace and landowners in condemning the destructive logging project Kiunga Aiambak.

Swedish activist

Image | 14 May, 2002 at 1:00

Swedish activist, dressed in bee costume, is arrested for protest against open-air GE experiment in Swedish field.

PNG action against illegal logging

Feature story | 14 May, 2002 at 0:00

A Greenpeace action to stop the export of illegally and destructively logged timber from Papua New Guinea to China continued into its third day today.

Swedish GE protesters arrested

Feature story | 14 May, 2002 at 0:00

Greenpeace activists' month-long protest against genetically engineered (GE) field trials ended today as police removed the protesters from the field where the open-air experiment will take place.

Greenpeace action against Malaysian logging

Image | 13 May, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace action against Malaysian logging company Concord Pacific in Papua New Guinea over illegal logging.

Greenpeace today blamed the main GE producing nations, the USA, Canada and Argentina,...

Feature story | 10 May, 2002 at 0:00

Greenpeace today blamed the main GE producing nations, the USA, Canada and Argentina, for failure to reach a global agreement on labelling of genetically engineered (GE) food.

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