20 June 2012

Organized crime and the Strait of Messina bridge

An inquiry on criminal infiltration in the works of the bridge over the Strait of Messina.


19 June 2012

Italy convicts local Mafia in Australia

THREE Mafia figures living freely in Australia and labelled "extremely dangerous" by Italian authorities have been sentenced in absentia to long jail terms for international drug trafficking.
The Saturday Age can reveal that Australian men Nicola Ciconte, Vincenzo Medici and Michael Calleja have been convicted and sentenced in Italy for their role in a plot to smuggle up to 500 kilograms of cocaine into Australia.

Read more:  http://www.smh.com.au/national/italy-convicts-local-mafia-20120615-20fok.html#ixzz1yF88aLM3

18 June 2012

How a Mexican drug cartel makes its billions

Long article on Sinaola cartel from New York Times. Havent had time to read it yet!


13 June 2012

The Minister of Justice in 1993 and 1994 is now investigated for the negotiations between the State and the Mafia

Giovanni Conso, a former Italian Justice Minister, has been accused of having provided false information to the public prosecutor concerning the cancelation of the "carcere duro"(an exceptional regime that can be used according to Italian law for people imprisoned for particular serious crimes) for more than 300 mafiosi.


Mexican drug cartel 'laundered money through US horse breeding'

looks like someone found the Guardian's crime editor at last! three articles on the same day! S/he will probably vanish for several months again now.
Again, the story links sport and organised crime, in this case money laundering for drug cartels through a horse breeding business. Zetas cartel involvement alleged.


China jails former football bosses in match-fixing crackdown

The consequences of modernisation?
More importantly, the demands from the fans for a clean game are interesting and are linked to China's surprising absence from the world football scene.


Italian police arrest leftwing terror suspects

Arrests in Italy, Germany and switzerland. presumably more will follow when the trials start


06 June 2012

Camorra: 47 arrested during a major police operation in Italy

A major operation has led to the arrest of dozens of "camorristi" linked to the Mallardo's clan and to the seizure of significant assets in six different Italian regions (Campania, Lazio, Emilia Romagna, Abruzzo, Calabria and Lombardia).


02 June 2012

Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran

New York Times article: Obama is Supeman. Created cyberweapons and pointed them at Iran...Not the story your blogger was given a while back, but there we go. There's an election to be won, so Obama has nipped into a phone booth and changed costumes. He unleashed Stuxnet...why do I find myself thinking about Al Gore and the Internet?