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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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By the time you read this, I will be 40 meters up...

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By the time you read this, I will be somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, literally closer to satellites than land. And if you choose to join the six of us, these past few weeks and the ones still to come will have been worth...

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Blog entry by Jan Beranek | 6 April, 2015 6 comments

Turkey has just suffered a massive failure of its electricity grid. A long-lasting blackout spread over more than half of the country, leaving the capital Ankara and many large cities in the dark. It may take a while to investigate...

Why we all should care about the oil platform explosion that just happened in Mexico

Blog entry by Arin de Hoog | 4 April, 2015 6 comments

Early Wednesday morning the Pemex oil platform, Abkatun Alpha blew up off the West coast of the Yucatan peninsula. The explosion killed four people and sent 16 to the hospital. 300 people managed to escape the blazing wreckage. Three...

How to do No Deforestation

Blog entry by Grant Rosoman | 2 April, 2015

Today a new tool that throws a lifeline for the Earth's tropical forests was published – the HCS Approach Toolkit . It marks a paradigm shift from rampant development that sacrifices the forest and peoples' rights, to one where forest...

Shell's profit comes at our expense

Blog entry by Isadora Wronski | 2 April, 2015 6 comments

Climate science has made it clear that Arctic oil needs to stay in the ground if we want to avoid the worst impacts from global climate change. We know it and we also know that Shell knows it too. A ships next to a controlled burn...

Is the Spanish Government bullying Spaniards?

Blog entry by Raul San Mateo | 2 April, 2015 4 comments

Imagine a world where the right to protest or organise a rally was only granted to the wealthy. This is about to happen in Spain. Last week the Government passed a pack of reforms that will penalise, with heavy fines, most forms of...

2015 - my last year as head of Greenpeace

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 31 March, 2015

There is an old African proverb that says 'if you want to travel fast go alone, if you want to travel far go together'. After five and a half years at Greenpeace, I think together we have travelled fast and far. And, we have travelled...

Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo announces he intends to step...

Feature story | 31 March, 2015 at 12:30

After five and a half years as the head of Greenpeace International, Kumi Naidoo today announced his decision to step down as the organisation's Executive Director. In agreement with the Board of Greenpeace International, Kumi is staying on until...

Aldi commits to Detox

Blog entry by Kirsten Brodde | 31 March, 2015 2 comments

In a world of toxic and cheap throwaway clothing, big retail stores have the opportunity and ability to change the way our clothes and products are made. Aldi, one of the top ten retailers in the world, has joined the Detox...

Unseasonal typhoons catch up with Shell's drill ship

Blog entry by Rob Taylor | 31 March, 2015

I can see the Polar Pioneer from the bridge – one of two rigs Shell has mobilised to cross the Pacific and head for the Arctic. It's been about three weeks since we last saw the Noble Discoverer, the other rig involved with Shells...

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