The North American Hammer and Sickle

Image: Ivankov's funeral in Moscow, October 13, 2009 (Obtained from Russia Beyond the Headlines, June 19, 2017).   Russian criminal groups seem to enjoy a special place in the public’s understanding of the array of global criminal fraternities. Typically cast as the latest iteration of the ruthless and organized criminal plaguing the streets of Europe, …

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Republication: Story found at GangsterReport.com

Greetings loyal PanAm readers, We continue to work on the latest iterations of stories and pieces of writing on issues that influence the labyrinthine world of organized crime; however, when we come across a tremendous piece of informative journalism we often feel compelled to share it. Gangster Report remains one of the pre-eminent sources of all news …

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What is Happening in Chicago

  So what the heck is happening in Chicago? Shootings and violent incidents are spiking, gang conflicts are intensifying, yet all the while political figures claim that the economy is growing across Chicagoland. Simple answers for the worsening environment abound: deteriorating economic opportunities in specific neighbourhoods, the lack of housing and public assistance, and even, …

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Colombia Enters Next Phase in Tragic Trafficking Saga

January 26, 2017   As the holiday season descended upon Colombia the beautiful South American country began the anticipated shift towards a new stage in the evolution of the ongoing and tragic militarized social conflicts that have plagued it since its inception. This evolution has seen the rise and fall of governments, the dismantling and …

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The Montreal Mob War – Redux

(Francesco Arcadi arrest, Image obtained from Huffington Post, 2016) November 6, 2016 For the Mafia in Montreal everything is dynamic, and, therefore, everything is static. Since the 1970s, the clans that comprise the large and complex organization that constitutes traditional organized crime in Montreal have been in a state of turmoil. Murders, avarice, venality and …

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Why War Horns May Sound Over Philly, Or Not…

(George Borgesi crew meeting December, 2016 at 11th Street and Jackson, South Philadelphia, Image obtained from Fox29 News, 2016) October 18, 2016   The City of Brotherly Love has always stood out in the annals of organized crime as a place of extreme treachery, violence and misery. From the Junior Black Mafia back through to …

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The Established Place of Prisons in the Organized Criminal Community

(Mexican Mafia membership, California Dept. of Corrections, 2011) August 24, 2016 In facilities across North America the rain drops often rattle against barred windows, like little kamikaze airships in their final pitch against the immovable might of a 1945 battleship. The water dips and dives, being more blown than falling, yet this momentum serves it …

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Dial-a-Dope Networks and the End of Policing

(United Nations Gang funeral; image obtained from CBC News, April, 2013) It has become a well-rehearsed trope within the often parochial world of criminal analysis that, like prohibition being figuratively yet actively responsible for creation of the Italian-American mafia, the War on Drugs has created the modern Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) and cartels that expand …

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The Nature of Control

(Chicago Gang Territories, 2013; obtained from ChicagoMag.com) How organized criminal groups work to control their environment Students of the history of organized crime in North America must invariably come to the notion of territory or control in their readings. Often described as "rackets," the illegitimate enterprises of organized gangsters are illicit and organized in nature, …

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