How Powerful Is The Mafia?

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The Italian police arrested the head of the largest mafia, the ‘Ndrangheta family, whose yearly revenue is estimated to equal 3% of Italy’s GDP. So how powerful is the mafia and who are the main players?

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“If it were not part of Italy, Calabria would be a failed state.”

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/jun/08/italy.johnhooper
“Public bloodbaths, assassinations, brutal feuds – the Calabrian mob ‘Ndrangheta is bigger, more deep-rooted and more powerful than the Mafia.”

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