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Want To Get Into A Recession-Busting Business? Join The Mafia

From Reuters:

Italy’s mafia crime syndicates bucked the recession in 2009 to raise ‘profits’ by almost 8 percent with the financial crisis making companies and even the stock market even more vulnerable to cash-flush mobsters.

“Mafia Inc. is reinforcing its position as the number one Italian company,” said a report published on Wednesday by a body whose members bear the brunt of mafia extortion and crimes, the small business and shopkeepers’ association Confesercenti.

It estimated that the impact on business equaled about 7 percent of Italy’s economic output, enjoying healthy growth in a year when the Italian economy shrank by almost 5 percent.

Experts had predicted when the crisis began that Calabria’s ‘Ndrangheta, with its huge slice of the global drugs trade, Sicily’s Cosa Nostra, Naples’ violent Camorra and Puglia’s Sacra Corona Unita would see more demand for loan-sharking.

But the report said mobsters had also been able to launder their earnings by buying up cheap assets and had found a cheap and willing workforce among the newly unemployed…

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Was Berlusconi Attack Faked? Conspiracy Theory YouTube Video Becomes Overnight Sensation

Now that the attack on Berlusconi seems to have made him more popular, achieving the opposite of what was assumed to be the assailant’s goal, comes this conspiracy theory, reported in the Daily Mail:

A You Tube video which suggests the attack on Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was faked has become an overnight sensation.

Berlusconi, 73, was hit in the face with a souvenir marble and metal replica of Milan’s famous Gothic cathedral following a political rally and suffered a fractured nose and two broken teeth.

TV footage of the politician showing him bleeding profusely from cuts to his lips and gums went around the world in a matter of seconds and were seen by millions.

However, today a video posted on You Tube suggesting the attack in Milan was faked had received almost 500,000 hits in just a matter of hours…

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Sleazy Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi Punched

Sure, violence should never be used to express political opinions, but in the case of notorious right-wing-a-hole Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, it somehow seems appropriate (from the New York Times):

An attacker hurled a statuette at Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, striking the leader in the face at the end of a rally Sunday and leaving the stunned 73-year-old media mogul with a broken nose and bloodied mouth.

Berlusconi had just finished delivering a long, vigorous speech at the rally to thousands of applauding supporters from his Freedom People party in the square outside the cathedral at about 6:30 p.m.

The attack occurred at a time when Berlusconi, one of Italy’s wealthiest men, is embroiled in a sex scandal, a divorce case with his wife and public protests demanding his resignation.

On Dec. 5, tens of thousands of Italians fed up with the premier marched peacefully through Rome to demand [that Berlusconi step down].

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