Italy’s Brutal Export: The Mafia Goes Global

Time has just published my article on the globalization of the ‘Ndrangheta.

The mob has gone global. That’s the conclusion of Italian prosecutors in charge of an international sweep on Tuesday that sought the arrests of 41 suspected members of the notorious ‘Ndrangheta criminal organization, with arrest warrants issued as far away as Canada and Western Australia.

The often brutal ‘Ndrangheta is native to the southern Italian region of Calabria, the toe in the peninsular boot, where tight ties of blood and marriage and a deep penetration of nearly all aspects of society have challenged those who have tried to bring it down. But when six ‘Ndrangheta members were massacred by a rival gang outside a pizzeria in Germany in 2007, the group sprung to international attention. And last summer, Italian prosecutors discovered the organization had built a strong presence in northern Italy, after arresting dozens of suspects — including senior government workers — in Milan.

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