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A Look-Back: Beastie Boy Rapper Adam Yauch Criticizes 1998 Bombings in Middle East, Africa

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Published on May 7, 2012

DemocracyNow.org - The pioneering hip-hop artist Adam Yauch died Friday of cancer at the age of 47. Known by his nickname "MCA," he was one-third of the legendary Beastie Boys. He was a practicing Buddhist and helped organize the Tibetan Freedom Concert. In 1998, he made headlines when at the Video Music Awards he publicly criticized the climate of racism toward Muslims and Arabs, and the Clinton administration's bombings of Sudan and Afghanistan. [Correction: It was incorrectly noted in our headline today that Yauch was speaking out against bombings in Iraq. It was rather bombings in Afghanistan and Sudan.]

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