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What organisation is also known as "La cosa nostra"

Asked by ANURADHA PATHAKJ, 30 Nov '08 11:22 am
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The Italian Mafia
Answered by Good Citizen, 03 Dec '08 03:47 pm

 
  
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American Mafia::The Mafia (also known as Cosa Nostra) is a Sicilian criminal secret society which is believed to have first developed in the mid-19th century in Sicily. An offshoot emerged on the East Coast of the United States and in Australia[1] during the late 19th century following waves of Sicilian and Southern Italian emigration (see also Italian diaspora). In North America, the Mafia often refers to Italian organized crime in general, rather than just traditional Sicilian organized crime. According to historian Paolo Pezzino: "The Mafia is a kind of organized crime being active not only in several illegal fields, but also tending to exercise sovereignty functions normally belonging to public authorities over a specific territory..."[2]

The Sicilian Cosa Nostra is a loose confederation of about one hundred Mafia groups, also called cosche or families, each of which claims sovereignty over a territory, usually a town or village or a neighborhood of a larger city, though witho ...more
Answered by jameel ahmed, 04 Dec '08 08:48 am

 
  
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In the 1920s and 1930s, the United States was swept by a wave of gangsters who took over neighborhoods through violence and set up systems of illegal activities. Over time, these gangsters extended their reach, developed sophisticated operations, and even forged agreements among themselves. Because American law enforcement responded to the crimes instead of to the criminal organizations, these gangs, by the 1960s, had developed into a powerful syndicate, known as La Cosa Nostra ["our thing"], that had deeply rooted in American institutions and business. It has taken the United States over 35 years and untold resources to effectively address the problem. To this day the influence of this syndicate, although weakened, has not been overcome.
In many large cities of the USA criminal organizations pay a type of "business tax" to La Cosa Nostra, in order to be able to execute their own criminal offences. The 2000 "made members" of La Cosa Nostra belong to 24 La Cosa Nostra families. By mean ...more
Answered by Jack Johnson, 01 Dec '08 10:07 am

 
  
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The Italian Mafia
Answered by anupama kumar, 30 Nov '08 11:27 am

 
  
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The Mafia (also known as Cosa Nostra) is a Sicilian criminal secret society which is believed to have first developed in the mid-19th century in Sicily.
Answered by Akshya Kumar, 30 Nov '08 11:25 am

 
  
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American Mafia
Answered by sumati gayki, 29 Oct '09 10:30 am

 
  
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Mafia
Answered by gajanan wamanacharya, 30 Nov '08 11:24 am

 
  
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