The 90’s, episode 218: Global Warring

Part of the Global Perspectives on War and Peace Collection. Episode 218 of the award winning series, The 90's. This episode is called "GLOBAL WARRING" and features the following segments:

01:29Copy video clip URL Keven Heuer by Dee Dee Halleck. Halleck interviews 19-year-old U.S. Marine Keven Heuer while in a plane taking him to the Persian Gulf. “I’m going over there. I may die. You have to prepare yourself for that.”

02:47Copy video clip URL “A Matter of Conscience” by John Luvender. Bill Short is a Vietnam veteran who collects oral histories and photographs of people who resisted the war, like he eventually did. “Part of me carries some guilt for not having fulfilled my sense of duty…I felt my youth had been stolen from me…I think the greatest strength about this country is we have that freedom of conscience. I think one of the things our project does is it fills a void in the historical perspective. It’s important we have a complete understanding of that war so that we know if we get into war again the reasons are clear. The greatest disservice we can do to future generations is be quiet about what the war is really about.”

07:13Copy video clip URL “Into the Sand Trap” by Paper Tiger TV. A George Bush impersonator “golfs” his way through previous war courses and slices into the current “gulf” crises.

07:56Copy video clip URL “Invasion of Panama: Laboratory of Death” by The Empowerment Project. The evidence suggests that the U.S. military used laser weapons during the invasion of Panama. Jose Morin of the Center for Constitutional Rights speaks of “the severe destruction of facial features” of some of the casualties. One survivor says, “They’ve been using us like guinea pigs in a laboratory.” Robert Knish, Executive Producer of “Undercurrents” talks about the unusual wounds found on some bodies: “The physicians described the head as soft and squishy.” Ramsey Clark, former U .S. Attorney General says there was “experimentation of weaponry we haven’t conceded was used.” U.S. Department of Defense footage is also included.

12:54Copy video clip URL More from Keven Heuer. Heuer casts gloom on the Persian Gulf crisis: “I don’t think they’ll use nuclear weapons except as a last resort. If Saudi Arabia wants to use chemical warfare, as we know they are well capable of doing, we’d have no other choice but to use nuclear weapons.”

13:29Copy video clip URL “Viva Futbolito” by Robbie Leppzer/Turning Tide Productions. A profile of a group called “Footbaggers for Peace” who use footbag as means to bridge relations with the people of Central America. “The young people in [The U.S.] are playing footbag, enjoying footbag, so it symbolizes what is hip, what’s cool and fun, what’s in style; yet it also ties into this historical love of foot games that the Central Americans have. The footbag is quite incidental to what we’re doing. It happens to be a good median to break the ice. What we’re doing here is planting seeds for an alternative relationship between Gringos and Central Americans. It gives me hope that common citizens can do something.”

20:55Copy video clip URL “The Heart Broken in Half” by Taggart Siegel and Dwight Conquergood. In Chicago, members of the Latin Kings, a street gang, mourn the loss of one of their own, Negro. Negro was beaten severely by a rival gang and died the next day. An intricate part of the mourning process includes graffiti memorials throughout the neighborhood. Members translate the meaning of various symbols. Home video of the funeral and of Negro when he was alive is included. “He wanted to fight them one on one like a brave men does it, like a Latin King does it.” In front of a graffiti memorial a gang member says, “We throw beer in water for Negro. We pray for Negro to look out for us. It’s like a church for us.” “We write our love on the wall.”

28:10Copy video clip URL “Malvin Hobley” by Jimmy Sternfield. In Denver, Malvin Hobley, an African-American in his early twenties, warns against getting involved in gangs. “We have so much negative looking at the black male. Anything that happens, either a black male did it or it’s gang related. You know it’s not true. I know it’s not true. What the media needs to do is get on the hype tip and find out what’s getting these young boys and these young girls into this gang business. If they wanted to stop it, it would have been stopped by now. It’s just a way of getting us to go against each other. It makes the job easier for them if you know what I’m talking about. There’s a better way we can go.”

30:14Copy video clip URL “Tortilla” by Turning Tide Productions. Guatemalan women make tortillas.

31:22Copy video clip URL More from Keven Heuer. “My job is to go out and report the size, activities, weapons, vehicles, things that nature to the battalion. We will be behind enemy lines before the actual combat would happen.”

31:53Copy video clip URL Leslie Marie Watson of Amnesty International at Louisiana State University comments on “the strong and broad-based” antiwar sentiment throughout the nation and the need to channel that sentiment into a persuasive “no blood for oil” message to President Bush and Congress.

32:48Copy video clip URL “The Party’s Over” by Steve Schecter. Juxtaposed with music from Moscow street musicians, scenes from protests during the 28th Congress of the Communist Party reflect the new freedom of expression allowed in the USSR. An ex-KBG leader and current populist hero due to his criticism of that agency addresses a crowd. “The U.S. influenced me not by it’s materialist wealth, but it influenced me as I saw the black population in the ’60s rise for their rights and achieve justice for at least a large part of their people.”

39:06Copy video clip URL “Jolly Boys” by Soviet Central Television/Audrey Knishev. An excerpt from one of the most popular comedy specials on Soviet TV explores individualism in the USSR with the use of some interesting video techniques. “Everyone lives in his own shell – dust proof, water proof, shock proof.” Life is compared to a game of billiards, with a huge ball rolling and careening throughout Moscow. “I am General Secretary and only member of my own party. I am not in love with myself, just infatuated, It’s not a sin to be in love with yourself as long as you love those around you. If I want to escape from you I simply close my eyes and you don’t exist.”

43:58Copy video clip URL “Swords Into Plowshares” by Terry Moyemont. In Vizari, Crete, a blacksmith makes a plow, then watches video of himself at work, prompting shots of ouzo for everyone.

46:05Copy video clip URL More from “Kevin Heuer.” “The Philippines cannot survive without our military bases there. The communists don’t want us there. When our lease is up they may try to stir something up. If they do it could be a real hairy situation over there.”

46:48Copy video clip URL “Coup D’Etat” by Nick DeoCampo. There are 16 U.S. bases in the Philippines and their lease is up in 1991. There is evidence that nuclear weapons are being stored there, making a country that has no enemies a prime target in a nuclear war.

48:58Copy video clip URL “Don’t Go Too Crazy” by Stewart Ellis. Animation. Rollo, a hideous scab of cartoon character holds a toon in his hand and asks if he is ugly. “Monstrous, perhaps, but not ugly,” he replies. Rollo stuffs the character into his mouth and eats him. A “sports quiz” asks if it would have been better to have agreed with Rollo and not get eaten. “You make the call.”

50:36Copy video clip URL “North Korea 1990: A Quick Trip” by Andrew Jones. An impressionistic, and one-sided look at Korea highlighted by U.S. atrocities during the Korean War.

56:03Copy video clip URL “Todd Alcott” by Skip Blumberg.  The 90’s regular Todd Alcott rants: “The end of the world. I’m awake, I’m alive. That’s why the end of the world hasn’t come yet. I’m breathing. If I inhale and exhale I can keep the world from ending… I don’t mind doing it for people. I consider it a service.”

57:28Copy video clip URL “Moscow Violin” by Skip Blumberg. A woman holds the bow while a violinist plays as end credits roll.

59:21Copy video clip URL Promo for The 90s.

 

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