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  Wikinfo | Mafia
The Mafia (sometimes referred to as La Cosa Nostra, or our thing in Italian) was originally the name of a loose confederation of people in Sicily centuries ago joined for the purposes of protection and vigilante law enforcement, and later engaged in organized crime.
Mafia power peaked in the United States in the mid-20th century, until a series of FBI investigations in the 1970s and 1980s somewhat curtailed the mafia's influence.
The mafia's fundraising activities have included legitimate business endeavors as well as many illegal activities such as extortion (obtained through such means as subverting trade unions), smuggling of alcohol during prohibition, prostitution, drug smuggling, illegal gambling, as well as simple theft.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=Mafia   (1585 words)

 The Day After
Mafias, by their nature, activities and modes of functioning, are more or less the same, whether in India or elsewhere.
Italian Mafia members are obliged to take an oath when they are first admitted, which includes never to betray their organization and never to disclose any of their group’s activities.
But, roughly, it is believed, that Italian Mafia controls one out of every five cafes, 15 per cent of the hotels and 18 per cent of the bars and ice-cream parlours, there.
www.dayafterindia.com /may106/mafia.html   (1823 words)

 The Mafia in Sicilian History, Sicilian Corruption, the European Commission
The Mafia's arcane rituals, and much of the organization's structure, were based largely on those of the Catholic confraternities and even Freemasonry, colored by Sicilian familial traditions and even certain customs associated with military-religious orders of chivalry like the Order of Malta.
The Italian ethos is based on the realities of everyday life: Italians presume that their elected leaders are thieves motivated by greed.
Italians recognise that today's mafiosi are drawn from the lowest social stratum, and nobody outside that social class would ever aspire to be a mafioso.
www.bestofsicily.com /mafia.htm   (3519 words)

 Mafia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mafia's power in the United States peaked in the mid-20th century, until a series of FBI investigations in the 1970s and 1980s reduced the Mafia's influence.
Likewise, in 1925, the former Italian Prime Minister Vittorio Emanuele Orlando stated in the Italian senate that he was proud of being "mafioso", because that word meant honorable, noble, generous.
The Mafia began a steep decline in the late-1970s and early 1980s due in part to laws, such as the RICO Act that made it a crime to belong to an organization that performed illegal acts, and to programs such as the witness protection program.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mafia   (5301 words)

 Federal Bureau of Investigation - Investigative Programs - Organized Crime   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Since their appearance in the 1800s, the Italian criminal societies known as the Mafia have infiltrated the social and economic fabric of Italy, and now impact the world.
The Sicilian Mafia specializes in heroin trafficking, political corruption and military arms trafficking and is the most powerful and most active Italian Organized Crime Group in the United States with estimates of more than 2,500 Sicilian Mafia affiliates located here.
The Sicilian Mafia is infamous for its aggressive assaults on Italian law enforcement officials.
www.fbi.gov /hq/cid/orgcrime/lcn/ioc.htm   (1360 words)

 BBC NEWS | Europe | 'Cancer' of Italian Mafia slated
Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi has called for the "cancer" of Mafia crime to be cut out of Italian life during a visit to the city of Naples.
It is highly unusual for the Italian head of state - whose functions are mainly ceremonial - to penetrate into the heartland of organised crime.
Recent analyses concluding that the Mafia threat was diminishing were mistaken, he said.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/europe/4147411.stm   (301 words)

 Italian Mafia
The Mafia was first developed in Sicily in feudal times to protect the estates of landlords who were out of town.
Using this political power in their advantage, the Mafia was able to gain influence with police authorities and the ability to obtain legal access to weapons.
Eventually the Mafia was defeated once again and forced out of the inner city of Chicago, onto the onto the suburban outskirts.
www.studyworld.com /newsite/ReportEssay/History/European\Italian_Mafia-322057.htm   (1235 words)

 BBC News | EUROPE | Mafia 'gripping Italian economy'
It said Mafia profits were being invested in real estate, clinics and retirement homes, supermarkets, hotels and restaurants.
The Mafia is notorious for gaining control of institutions by using a mixture of bribery and fear, and then murdering those that cross them.
Justice eventually caught up with seven leading members of the Italian Mafia who were sentenced to life imprisonment in 1999 for their part in the murder of Borsellino.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/europe/1023221.stm   (399 words)

 Italian Mafia
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The Mafia Massacre, Jennifer Aitken character, Anthony Micelle, endures numerous trials and tribulations for the survival of the Italian mafia.
Danny Micelle: Danny is the boss of the Italian Mafia as well as the Father of Anthony and his older brother Mikey.
www.leather-chair-ideas.com /chairs/Italian-Mafia.html   (513 words)

 Italian Mafia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Mafia, Bernardo Provenzano, has been arrested after more than four decades on the run.
Mafia and read reviews from other consumers on stores before you decide to buy.
Mafia worked with corrupted employees of Banco di Sicilia to create a computer system resembling the...
www.jolt12.co.uk /italian_mafia.html   (227 words)

 AmericanMafia.com 26 Mafia Cities - New England - Providence, RI
In Vincent Teresa’s “My Life in the Mafia,” he discusses Frank “Butsey” Morelli, one of five brothers who moved into New England from Brooklyn during World War I. Running his criminal operations from Rhode Island, he also controlled parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire.
The charges were described as the “most sweeping attack ever launched on a single organized crime family,” and capped a five-year investigation.
Sixteen days later, all of the defendants entered guilty pleas on the condition that they were allowed to deny they were members of the Mafia, La Cosa Nostra or the Patriarca crime family.
www.americanmafia.com /Cities/New_England-Providence.html   (4477 words)

 Italian Mafia
The Mafia is oppression, arrogance, greed, self-enrichment, power and hegemony above and against all others.
It is not an abstract concept, or a state of mind, or a literary term...
The myth of a courageous and generous 'man of honor' must be destroyed, because a mafioso is just the opposite."
www.mtholyoke.edu /~fsbarber/worldpol   (71 words)

 GANGSTERS INCORPORATED - THE US ITALIAN MAFIA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The Gambino Crime Family has been the most powerful mafia family in the U.S. for the last decades.
They are the strongest and richest mafia family in the U.S. of the moment.
The Family is now seen as the most dysfunctional Mafia Family in the United States.
gangstersinc.tripod.com /US.html   (276 words)

 Reputed Italian Mafia boss stays mum - Boston.com
The reputed boss of the Italian Mafia, Bernardo Provenzano, maintained his jailhouse silence Wednesday as forensics experts searched his hideout and police arrested three men suspected of aiding the former fugitive.
CORLEONE, Sicily --The reputed boss of the Italian Mafia, Bernardo Provenzano, maintained his jailhouse silence Wednesday as forensics experts searched his hideout and police arrested three men suspected of aiding the former fugitive.
Reports said the notes mentioned people previously unknown to investigators and had been sent to Provenzano from Mafia families across the island and referred to various interests of the Cosa Nostra, in particular public works contracts.
www.boston.com /news/world/europe/articles/2006/04/12/3_accused_of_aiding_italian_mafia_boss?mode=PF   (708 words)

 Essay: The Italian Mafia
Summary: Discusses the Italian Mafia from an historical perspective.
The report is broken into different significant historical periods and discusses mobs in both the United States and Italy.
Also argues that the stereotype that this Mafia is composed of solely violent criminals is not an accurate picture.
www.essays-now.com /show_report.php?r_id=1191   (47 words)

 Leadership Within The Italian Mafia
The Italian mafia was an organization rooted in defiance of the government (Michael Cavendish 78).
The United States Government became an easy target of the Mafia by trying to enforce the 18th amendment, and bootlegging, or the selling of illegal alcohol, was born.
Instead of a semi - feudal, exclusively Sicilian association, the Mafia was Americanized to reflect the diverse character and lush opportunities of the adopted land.
www.radessays.com /viewpaper/89718/Executive_Summary.html   (243 words)

 THE UNOFFICIAL HOMEPAGE OF THE NEW YORK MAFIA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
In fact, when the Mafia began in the ninth century, it was formed to protect the heritage and the people of Sicily.
On the other hand, the Mafia's main purposes are to make money and protect its members, and this has led to a very corrupt organization, which as lost sight of its goal of helping it's "own" along with those in the lower class.
Although the Mafia would like people to believe that they are a group of old, retired Italians who gather to play cards and talk about the "Old Country", they are obviously not.
users.aol.com /whizkid01/index.html   (338 words)

 italian mafia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Genella brings a singularly unique perspective to the table: She’s not Italian and is a “big-time madam dealing with big-time clients on the fancy side of Manhattan.” Her views on everything from sexual perversions to abortion keep the boys on their collective toes.
Read Old italian mafia Neighborhood Values and be a “fly on the wall” as the gang of testadure…or hardheads….try valiantly to persuade and dissuade each other.
He believes that the potential weapons of modern technology have the capacity to dramatically reduce the impact of many diseases, including aging, but the barriers to conducting clinical studies to test them are prohibitively costly.
www.olditalianvalues.com /italian-mafia.html   (431 words)

 History of Italian Mafia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The earliest accounts of the criminal oranization now known as the Mafia are from the 1400s in Sicily.
As Italians first started coming here in large numbers in the 1890s and early 1900s, various Italian criminal organizations sprang up in the US, particularly New York and New Orleans, the Black Hand, the Stoppaglieri, and the Mafia.
The Black Hand was initially the most powerful of these in the early 1900s until a young Al Capone consolidated these groups among the Italians in Chicago and New York.
www.holysmoke.org /oc000/027.htm   (158 words)

 Italian Mafia Earning 85 Billion Euros - SoccerPulse Community   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Yearly profits of the Italian mafia have shocked the Italian public.
In 2003 alone, the mafia has managed to bring in 85 billion Euros.
Thanks to this colossial number in a time when everybody is in debt and strong recessions have spread worldwide, especially in the Italian market, the mafia has earned the number 1 spot in successful business.
www.soccerpulse.com /forum/index.php?showtopic=5702   (312 words)

 Stories Tagged 'italian' » Netscape.com
(via fiucer.blogsome.com) – An Italian freelance photographer and his assistant were abducted by five armed men in southern Afghanistan, an Afghan official said Sunday.
The attackers shot the nun three times in the back at a children's hospital in the south of the city, before fleeing the scene.....
(via za.today.reuters.com) – Two Italian tourists were still being held by bandits in Niger after most of their tour group was released.
www.netscape.com /tag/italian   (750 words)

 CNN.com - Italian Mafia boss arrested - May 17, 2001
NAPLES, Italy -- A Mafia boss who was one of Italy's most-wanted fugitives has been arrested near Naples.
Police said Angelo Nuvoletta is considered a key link between the Camorra, the Naples-area crime syndicate, and the Sicilian Mafia, the Associated Press reported.
Nuvoletta was No. 5 on Italy's list of the 30 most dangerous fugitives, the Italian news agency AGI reported.
archives.cnn.com /2001/WORLD/europe/05/17/italy.mafia   (244 words)

 Amazon.com: The Mafia Cookbook: Revised and Expanded: Books: Joseph Iannuzzi   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
In The Mafia Cookbook, Joe Dogs took the quintessential Mob formula -- murder, betrayal, food -- and turned it into a bestseller, not surprisingly, since Joe Dogs's mixture of authentic Italian recipes and colorful Mafia anecdotes is as much fun to read as it is to cook from.
Now The Mafia Cookbook is reprinted with Cooking on the Lam -- adding thirty-seven original new recipes and a thrilling account of Dogs's recent years since he testified against the Mob in five major trials, all told in his authentic, inimitable tough-guy style.
While the recipes are not authentically Italian and may call for some non-traditional but readily-available ingredients, do not let this turn you off from the book.
www.amazon.com /Mafia-Cookbook-Revised-Expanded/dp/0743226275   (1547 words)

 Planet Ark : Italian "Eco-Mafia" Booms, Outstrips Economy - Study
ROME - Italian Mafia activity that harms the environment -- from hazardous waste disposal to illegal construction -- enjoyed a boom year in 2004, an environmental report said on Tuesday.
The Mafia also has a stranglehold on cement and construction businesses in parts of southern Italy and is behind much of the illegal erection of buildings in parks, archaeological sites, beaches band other protected areas.
Legambiente said 32,000 new illegal constructions went up in 2004, an increase of 3,000 over the previous year, boosted in part by a building law allowing property owners to be pardoned for illegal work by paying a fine.
www.planetark.com /dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/31052/story.htm   (505 words)

 WorldNetDaily: Montenegrin leaders tied to Italian mafia?
In a story in yesterday's Belgrade daily Glas Javnosti, Italian Minister of Finance Ottaviano Del Turco charges the secession-minded leadership of Montenegro, the smaller of Yugoslavia's two federal units, with maintaining close ties with the Italian mafia and accuses U.S. tobacco giants R.J. Reynolds and Phillip Morris of complicity.
In discussing an Italian government investigation of a major Mediterranean smuggling ring, Del Turco predicted an "earthquake" in Montenegro once mafia boss Francesco Prudentino started talking to the investigators.
The Montenegrin government protected the flow of cigarettes into the state and President Djukanovic was absolutely familiar with the formation of the network of warehouses and hangars for the storage of the goods.
www.worldnetdaily.com /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=21320   (747 words)

 Gang Land
Since 1989, Capeci has written "Gang Land," an award-winning weekly column about organized crime that features exclusive information and special insight gleaned from a variety of sources, including public and not-so-public documents, law enforcement officials and underworld sources.
In 2003, Alpha Books published "Jerry Capeci's Gang Land: Fifteen Years of Covering the Mafia," an anthology of some of his best columns.
On July 10, 2002, Capeci co-authored "Mob Star: The Story of John Gotti," the only book that tells the complete Gotti saga - his treacherous rise to the top, his strutting reign, defiant downfall, and death in prison.
www.ganglandnews.com   (236 words)

 history of the italian mafia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The boys’ festa at La Strega includes a new, first-time guest, Genella, the sensual, vivacious, girlfriend of the recently deceased Rocco, one of the old history of the italian mafia gang.
Read Old history of the italian mafia Neighborhood Values and be a “fly on the wall” as the gang of testadure…or hardheads….try valiantly to persuade and dissuade each other.
Luigi, the Dean of a prominent medical school and first generation Italian physician, “I read your guys history of the italian mafia madam” book.
www.olditalianvalues.com /history-of-the-italian-mafia.html   (458 words)

 Rick Porrello's - AmericanMafia.com - The Organized Crime and Mafia Super Site
A Master Burglar, the Mafia and the Biggest Bank Heist in U.S. History
Please note that Rick Porrello is NOT a national or international organized crime or Mafia expert or historian.
He does not maintain contacts with mobsters, is unable to assist with family history research and is unable to provide assitance with locating photographs.
www.americanmafia.com   (303 words)

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