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The Camorra and the garbage racket in the ‘Land of Fires’

March 23, 2020

This is a condensed version of a longer case study, “Organized Crime and Environmental Issues in Naples, Italy,” that will appear in the forthcoming book Sustainable Planet (ABC-CLIO, February 2021) Naples, Italy’s fourth-largest city, is located in Campania, a region in southwest Italy with a population of about six million. From the 1980s through the present, Naples and the broader Campania region have been dealing with a major environmental issue, the illegal dumping and burning of toxic waste. Because of this activity, the region has seen major cancer clusters leading to numerous deaths of children and young adults, damage to the ...

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DEA attacks top Mexican drug cartel with 600 arrests across U.S.

The operation was named “Project Python,” presumably reflecting an effort by federal law enforcement to squeeze the life out of…

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From shoe-leather reporter to Mob movie screenwriter, Nick Pileggi remembers it well

Author and screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi is enjoying a couple of major career milestones this year. Two groundbreaking Mob movies he…

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DEA report: Drug overdoses top cause of death for Americans

Drug poisoning was the chief cause of injury deaths among Americans from 2011 to 2017, more than the loss of…

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Longtime Colombo figure John ‘Sonny’ Franzese dies at 103

The violent, sociopathic and amazingly long life of John “Sonny” Franzese, a former Colombo crime family underboss who once ran…

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FBI director outlines threats from transnational organized crime

Editor’s note: On February, 5, 2020, Christopher Wray, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, delivered a report to the…

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Giovanni Brusca: No. 5 on list of Top 5 most notorious Mob hitmen

In this fifth and final installment in our series on the Top 5 most notorious Mob hitmen, we profile a…

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Joe “The Animal” Barboza: No. 4 on list of Top 5 most notorious Mob hitmen

In this fourth installment in our series on the Top 5 most notorious Mob hitmen, the focus shifts to the…

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