If most of your knowledge about the mafia comes from The Godfather, you should probably read this.
Much about the ‘Ndrangheta’s history and current operations in Australia remains shrouded in mystery.
Australian scholars have almost universally downplayed evidence for the ‘Ndrangheta’s existence or significance, or avoided the topic altogether.
Pulling apart the European crisis response.
"First, do no harm". It's not clear that European countries even got that right as they navigated their way through the aftermath.
A migrant is processed upon arrival in Sicily.
Simon McMahon travelled to Sicily, where arrivals are being ordered to leave without understanding why.
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Italian law is very clear on what constitutes a mafia-type organisation. But that definition could change if prosecutors in a high-profile case have their way.
Jurassica is a cross-generational exploration of migration, displacement, alienation and the search for home.
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Jurassica, the latest play from Red Stitch, is a cross-generational reflection on the migrant experience. It's part of a long tradition of plays exploring the challenges faced by Italian-Australians.
Italy's most notorious politician has been treated as a laughing stock for years – but a new book about his life and career makes the truth all too clear.
South African students want free university education. In a deeply unequal society, could there be another way?
Some of Italy's private universities may have a solution to South Africa's tertiary fee crisis: a sliding scale of fees based on household income.
The tentacles of the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta have spread from this Italian town, San Luca, to all across the world.
What actually is the mafia? How does it operate? And what kind of criminal threat does it pose, in Australia and around the world?
A simpler time. Martin Lev plays Dandy Dan in Bugsy Malone with ammunition at the ready.
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Gangs of career criminals in Britain look very different to the stories told by Scorcese or Coppola. They are fluid, multi-cultural and recent research sheds new light on how they use the dirty money.
On the fringes of resistance.
Istituto per la Storia della Resistenza e Storia Contemporanea
Everyone learns about the French resistance but what about the freedom fighters across the Alps?
Rescued migrants in Porto Empedocle.
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After another operation to rescue immigrants on a capsized boat, what do we need to know about the motives and methods for dealing with the problem?
The whole olive-growing region of Puglia has been devastated.
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Thousands of miles of olive groves across southeastern Italy are threatened by the Xylella fastidiosa bacterium.
Sub-Saharan migrants are picked up as part of the Mare Nostrum operation.
The prime minister's claim that more people died during the Mare Nostrum search and rescue operation is disingenuous.
The captain of the Costa Concordia has been sentenced to 16 years' jail after the ship ran aground off the coast of Italy two years ago.
Late last week, an Italian court sentenced the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner, Francesco Schettino, to 16 years' jail after finding him guilty of multiple charges of manslaughter. On January…
The bodies of the latest victims arrive in Italy.
Europe still hasn't figured out how to identify or help refugees.
Mattarella has no time for funny business.
Italy has a new president in the form of Sergio Mattarella, a 73-year-old constitutional judge from Sicily. Mattarella was elected to the role in the wake of the retirement of Giorgio Napolitano, who had…
If Campi Flegrei ever goes off, you won’t want to be in Naples - or Europe!
Ever heard of Campi Flegrei? It is a supervolcano in southern Italy. Literally translating as “fields of fire,” only the Yellowstone caldera in the United States has more potential to devastate. The Naples…
Giorgio Napolitano is out – but who is in?
Giorgio Napolitano, Italy’s 89-year-old president, has resigned from the office he has held for nearly a decade. His departure will prompt a secret ballot among parliamentarians to replace him. But this…
Neapolitans have given fishmongers and celebrities alike a place at the nativity for hundreds of years.
There’s a scene in the film Love Actually where a little girl announces that she’ll be playing “first lobster” in the school nativity play. “There was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus…