Inside the Minds of Cartel Hitmen: Hannibal Lecters for Hire

Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast A groundbreaking new study seeks to profile the behavior patterns of cartel assassins in Mexico, offering a rare glimpse into their strange and tortured psyches. by Jeremy Kryt PANAMA CITY, Panama—One of the things that shocked me the first time I talked with an active cartel member in Mexico was hearing how much he loved his work. But as time went on, and I interviewed others like him, I came to see that my initial surprise derived from my own naiveté. In fact, almost every time I’ve spoken to a sicario, as the cartel assassins are called, or … Continue reading Inside the Minds of Cartel Hitmen: Hannibal Lecters for Hire

The big squeeze

Lemon vendors in Palermo, Sicily, in 1943. Photo by J R Eyerman/LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Sicily’s mafia sprang from the growing global market for lemons – a tale with sour parallels for consumers today by Ola Olsson is professor of economics at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. He is the author of Essentials of Advanced Macroeconomic Theory (2012), and his new book Prehistorical Economics: From African Origins to Civilization is due out in 2019. Edited by Sally Davies The Sicilian mafia is probably the most famous criminal organisation in the world. It’s been known to exist at least since the 1870s, when a Sicilian landlord documented how … Continue reading The big squeeze

OVER 80,000 PAEDOPHILES ARE OPERATING IN BRITAIN

by Soren Dreier Author: Mol The shocking extent of the threat to children from online sex offenders is revealed today by the Home Secretary. Thousands of youngsters are in danger of being groomed, exploited and blackmailed by sexual predators on the internet, warns Sajid Javid. He says at least 80,000 paedophiles are using websites including social media. In a flagship speech today, he will call on technology giants to do more to remove vile photos and videos. An alarming indication of the scale of the menace to children: The National Crime Agency said the number of tips about online child abuse … Continue reading OVER 80,000 PAEDOPHILES ARE OPERATING IN BRITAIN

The Kenyan Beach Town Malindi Is a Tropical Paradise—With a Mafia Problem

Photo Credit: Megan lacobini de Fazio The Kenyan coastal town of Malindi is known for its pristine white beaches and Italian vibe, but it has a dark side as well. by Megan Iacobini De Fazio If it weren’t for the oppressive humidity and the slight scent of frangipani, you might think you were in Italy. In the corner of a restaurant, a skinny woman with brassy blonde hair, diamante earrings and skin the color of old leather pushes the remains of her penne al pomodoroaround on the plate, before finally giving up and signaling to the Kenyan waiter: “Un espresso, perfavore!” A … Continue reading The Kenyan Beach Town Malindi Is a Tropical Paradise—With a Mafia Problem

Chronic

Photo by Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty For big pharma, the perfect patient is wealthy, permanently ill and a daily pill-popper. Will medicine ever recover? by Clayton Dalton is a medical resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He attended medical school at Columbia University. Edited by Pam Weintraub Just a few years ago, infection with the hepatitis C virus guaranteed a slow and certain death for many. Available treatments were effective in about half of all patients, and the side effects could be awful. Things changed in 2014, when a new medication called Harvoni was approved to treat the infection. With … Continue reading Chronic

Beta-blocker pharmaceuticals found to be totally useless for heart attack patients… but they are routinely prescribed by doctors anyway

by: Earl Garcia (Natural News) A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology revealed that beta-blockers, a type of drug typically prescribed for heart attack, may not be as helpful in preventing the disease as previously believed. To carry out the study, a team of researchers from the University of Leeds in the U.K. pooled data from the country’s national heart attack register and identified nearly 180,000 patients who suffered a heart attack, 95 percent of whom were given beta-blockers. The study revealed that death rates between beta-blocker users and the non-using controls did not differ within a year following a heart attack incident. … Continue reading Beta-blocker pharmaceuticals found to be totally useless for heart attack patients… but they are routinely prescribed by doctors anyway

Women of the Roman Mafia Are Turning Their Men In

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY LYNE LUCIEN/THE DAILY BEAST NO MORE DOLCE VITA A group of women played a vital role in major mafia arrests in Rome, but they can’t fight the mob alone. by BARBIE LATZA NADEAU ROME—Organized crime traditionally has been a man’s world. Women generally are relegated to the margins of this most secretive of societies. There have been famous cases in Italy’s mafia strongholds where daughters have delivered secret messages for their incarcerated fathers, or when widows collected protection money on behalf of their dead husbands. Mothers have even hidden knives used in killings among fresh linens. Increasingly, though, … Continue reading Women of the Roman Mafia Are Turning Their Men In