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Successive prison riots point to systemic failures of penitentiary system in Brazil and the war for drug trade monopoly
Since the beginning of 2017, 123 inmates have been killed in 5 separate prison riots across Brazil. These incidents highlighted the systemic failure of a penitentiary system that is overcrowded and under-secured. As Brazil’s incarceration rate remains high and the construction of new prisons is straggling, penitentiary centers are often more than 50% above capacity and without appropriate staffing or security measures updates.
Italy: Sicilian Cosa Nostra's interests in "Green Economy" and its low-profile strategy
Cosa Nostra still has the feasibility and capacity to adapt to unfavorable circumstances, to reorganize itself to maintain a low profile and to infiltrate the economy through a “grey area” of white collars and entrepreneurs and a consolidated control of the territory.(...)
Anti-money laundering operation proves links between Italian ‘Ndrangheta and IRA
On Tuesday Italian finance police (Guardia di Finanza) arrested 20 suspected affiliates to ‘Ndrangheta, the powerful Calabrian mafia, in an anti-Mafia police operation called “Metropolis(...)
La Cosa Nostra continuing presence in waste-disposal business industry in New York City
FBI considers the Italian Mafia, also known as La Cosa Nostra (LCN) in the United States, “the foremost organized criminal threat to American society”(...)
Usury: The Bank system of Camorra
The economic crisis and the consequent difficulty for entrepreneurs not having access to bank credit has been a precious asset for the various Italian mafias (...)
Italy: Drug trafficking situation and trends
In August 2010, ESISC published a briefing on the BALKAN DRUG ROUTES, focusing on the role of Balkan countries (...)
Mexico: Amid increased control over remote communities, cartels move in on agricultural products
After oil and mining, the Mexican drug cartels are once more diversifying their business as they scope to take advantage (...)
Colombia: gold rush in Antioquia department as FARC and criminals gangs invest in "Mining"
The abduction of 23 oil workers in the eastern Vichada department earlier this week proves once more that criminal groups (...)
Elements underscoring Cartel involvement in Pemex pipeline blast
The explosion of a Pemex-owned pipeline near the city of San Martin Texmelucan, located in the central Puebla State (...)
Light on the Balkan drug routes
At least 100 alleged members of two drug rings were arrested and about €320 million worth of drugs were seized in mid-November (...)


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