CupraIbiza From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 835 posts, RR: 7 Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 9 hours ago) and read 1222 times:
Quoting Alberchico (Reply 4): Now why dosen't the govt take tougher measures against the mafia or are they so well armed that any official who take a hard line against them would be assasinated ???
OK The Mafia in Italy isnt Tony Soprano and Philly Leotardo.
sure these sort of organised criminals exist. This problem is more to do with the deep seated corruption that has infiltrated basically every organisation (even the football referrees) in the country.
The government cant take itself on!
Short of a brutal dictatorship, the Mafia is here to stay.
I have a relative who owns a cigarette shop in a small village outside of Palermo. Apart from having his cigarettes hijacked often, he pays a regular monthly sum. He didnt want to say how much so I dont know.
I am pleased for Italy that this article has been so widely published. Hopefully those in the EU who see Italy as a drag on the region can see the real reasons why.
I have been to Italy many times, and have many connections to it. I would love to live there, but wouldn't
Everyday is a gift…… but why does it have to be a pair of socks?
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13616 posts, RR: 63 Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 5 hours ago) and read 1157 times:
There are basically three main organisations in Italian organised crime:
The Sicilian Mafia, which started as a self-defense organisation of peasants against abusive aristocrats centuriers ago and is organised in a strictly hierarchical way, with a top boss and ranks beneath him, the Napolitani Camorra, which consists of independent smaller gangs, organised by trade (smugglung, pimping, gambling, drug pushing) acc. to neighbourhood and the Calabrian 'ndragheta (Spelling?) which is organised in accordance with family lines. All groups are extremely difficult to infiltrate, since in many cases everybody knows everybody from a young age or belongs to the same family.
"Traitors" are ostracized in the whole region and treaterned with death.
CupraIbiza From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 835 posts, RR: 7 Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 5 hours ago) and read 1151 times:
Quoting RJdxer (Reply 10): "In five years the family will be completely legitimate" Michale Corleone.
Godfather 3 is often put down. However I think it sheds some light on the seedy world of Italian politics. I highly recommend watching it. Just fast forward any early scence with Andy Garcia or any scene at all with Sofia Coppola
Alberchico From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 2781 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1124 times:
Quoting RacingGreen07 (Reply 5): The question is HOW does a government control an empire that has expanded so huge!? 120 billion is a whole lotta money
Since so much activity seems to be concentrated in Sicily, as a show of force the govt can send in the military. If the number of people caught in the crossfire inceases or if foreigners are targeted I could see the Italian army temporary occupying certain regions and declaring temporary martial law.....
short summary of every jewish holiday: they tried to kill us ,we won , lets eat !
RacingGreen07 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1120 times:
Quoting Alberchico (Reply 13): Since so much activity seems to be concentrated in Sicily, as a show of force the govt can send in the military. If the number of people caught in the crossfire inceases or if foreigners are targeted I could see the Italian army temporary occupying certain regions and declaring temporary martial law.....
The army is an option. However CupraIbiza implies that the majority of the government is infiltrated with corruption and mafioso. So I doubt the mafia would let the government take such action.