Monday Jul 01, 2024

Understanding Cosa Nostra - The Italian Mafia Series

In this episode of 'The Real Life in Italy,' we're following up our Understanding the Italian Mafia episode to specifically focus on Cosa Nostra.
Now, there's a LOT. This podcast episode is just giving you a basic understanding to put into context of your life as an expat in Italy.
We'll cover a bit about  Cosa Nostra's history, organizational structure, and how it has managed to adapt and survive over the years.
Key historical events, such as the Maxi Trials in the 1980s and 1990s, are highlighted for their role in reshaping the mafia's operations. The episode also covers how the mafia influences today's Italy, including its impact on politics, business, and everyday life. I'll share a few antimafia movements you should be aware of, and details on how corruption happens today in Italy.
I promised a lot of resources, so here are a few:
About the mafia in Italian food:

To read: Midnight in Sicily by Peter Robb; The Day of the Owl by Leonardo Sciascia;

Sites to stay informed: Antimafiaduemilla

And the list goes on, keep reading and learning about it as deep into as you'd like to know
00:00 Introduction to Cosa Nostra
02:18 The Structure of Cosa Nostra
03:20 Cosa Nostra's Influence on Society
06:51 Initiation and Rules of Cosa Nostra
10:03 Historical Evolution of Cosa Nostra
12:34 Modern-Day Operations and Financials
15:02 The Infamous Pizzo and Anti-Mafia Movements
17:07 The Maxi Trials: A Turning Point
18:47 Legal Reforms Post-Maxi Trials
24:25 Modern-Day Mafia Operations
29:48 Conclusion: Living in Italy Today

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