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London – “He who is silent and bows his head dies every time he bends over. He who speaks aloud and walks with his head held up high dies only once.” These words by Giovanni Falcone well reflect the personality of the world renowned Sicilian prosecuting magistrate who, thanks to his revolutionary and ground-breaking investigative […]

Mafia and Italy’s Unification (1861)

London – In 1861 Italy became an independent and unified country. After the unification of the Italian Reign under the sovereignty of the Savoia, the royal family from Piemonte in the north of Italy, the mafia managed to perfect itself. From 1861 the mafia, limited to the Sicilian land and social structure, expanded and became […]

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The Sicilian Mafia historical development

London – In Sicily, during the 18th century, there were few bourgeois compared to the rest of Europe, and they were subjected to the feudal lords’ supremacy. The relationship between the two classes was already ‘polluted’ by favours and corruption during the Bourbons’ period of sovereignty in the south of Italy. Nobles living in the Western […]

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Osso, Mastrosso and Carcagnosso. The origins of the Mafia and Cosa Nostra

London – The mafia is a criminal organisation. As defined by Leonardo Sciascia, the mafia is “a criminal association with the sole purpose of producing illegal profits for its members, who impose themselves with violent methods as a parasitic intermediation between property and work, between production and consumption and between the citizen and the State.” […]

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