Mafia und post-sowjetische O.K.

German police are narrowing down their use of “mafia” to mean Italian mafia. “Post-Soviet organized criminality” is the new phrase because “Russian mafia” isn’t broad enough for that spectrum.

Mit Militär gegen die Müll-Mafia

Using the military to police the garbage mafia.

The Italian government announced it will instruct the military to proceed against illegal waste dumping south of Naples, in the region between that city and Caserta.

Spiegel.de said the area has been nicknamed “the deadly triangle” and “fireland” because so much toxic waste is illegally burned there, “estimated at around ten million tons of industrial waste between 1991 and 2013, brought in under cover of darkness by thousands of trucks, though open trash dumps are illegal in the European Union.”

“The garbage business has been a lucrative source of income for the neapolitan mafia since the late 1980’s. The Camorra lets people dump even poisonous garbage, such as asbestos, solvents, car tires and refrigerators, onto the fields and sets it on fire. Companies throughout the entire country would rather pay bribe money to the mafia than hire serious companies to dispose of their refuse.

“This practice not only releases gases that are harmful to health but also poisons the ground and ground water. Many of the crops harvested there contain arsenic and heavy metals. In the region in question, cancer rates are 47% higher than the national average among males and 40% higher among females.”

An English-language Spiegel.de article quoted a mafia whistleblower who said the dumped garbage included truckloads of nuclear waste from Germany. A local U.S. Navy base is said to follow strict rules to avoid the poisons, after the conclusions drawn by a 2011 study they commissioned that was entitled “Drink Naples and die.” The Navy recommends using bottled water for everything and avoiding ground-floor apartments.

(Mitt   meal ee TARE   gay gen   dee   MILL   mafia.)

Mikajimeryo

Japanese word for protection money. A Guardian.co.uk article said a woman in Japan is suing the yakuza to recover a dozen years’ worth of the protection money she paid a “godfather” and his group to not burn down her restaurant. If she wins, the case will set a precedent; other small business owners are said to be queued, awaiting this verdict before filing similar complaints.

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