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Italian journalists Enrico Fierro and Laura Aprati are out with the new book MalItalia which looks at the lock organized crime groups — the “Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia, Cosa Nostra or Sicilian Mafia and Camorra or Neapolitan Mafia — have on the economy and culture in the respective regions of southern Italy out of which they operate as reported by Adnkronos:
“The growth of the mafia is devastating,” Aprati told Adnkronos International (AKI) in an interview on Tuesday.
“Economically it has generated enough wealth to cover all of our country’s debts and it could offer unemployment benefits for everyone. “This economic power determines its role in the social life and businesses of the country and often determines choices about both of them.”
Aprati also spoke about the collusion of the mafia and its penetration of Italian culture. “It is very subtle,” she said. “So your lawyer or your doctor could be very close to a certain (mafia) clan and you would not know it. “The mafia is liquid and odourless so it is now inside us more than we think.”
Fierro and Aprati said that in several regions of Italy residents are fighting a war of general indifference.