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Migrants versus the MAFIA: Cosa Nostra ‘declares war’ on refugees as mayor says Sicily capital feels more like Istanbul or Beirut than Europe

Mafia bosses have ‘declared war’ against migrants on the holiday paradise of Sicily as one thousand new arrivals pour on to the island every week.

The feared Cosa Nostra are desperate to maintain supremacy after African crime gangs arrived with the migrants – and they are engaged in a deadly turf war.

An innocent Gambian man was shot through the head by an assassin in broad daylight sparking fears of a wider bloodbath.

Mayor Leoluca Orlando told MailOnline: ‘Palermo is no longer an Italian town. It is no longer European.

You can walk in the city and feel like you’re in Istanbul or Beirut.’

  • The Cosa Nostra and the ‘Ndrangheta have terrorized Italian communities for many years. It’s gotta be pretty bad if Italians feel a greater threat from Muslim invaders.

    Wait until the invaders hit the Italian mainland and cross swords with the ‘Ndrangheta — reportedly a more secretive, more violent, and better organized Mafia — organized in local cells rather than a large top-down hierarchy, hence more effective at controlling local territory and violently enforcing it.

    Interestingly, there are accounts that the Mafia was recruited by the Allies in WWII to fight the expansion of the Nazi Axis in Italy.

    • They were busted scamming government funds for “refugee” resettlement maybe they realized the error of their ways.

      • Probably thought is was simply another opportunity for criminal enterprise — “business as usual” sort of thing. Then they discovered what the Muslims are about. Believe me, if there’s anything like a “rapefugee” incident in Italy the Muslim perps will regret the day they were born — Italians will go ballistic (my Pop was born in Italy — I’m 50%). Could tell a story, but it wouldn’t be circumspect.

        • I will not ask;)

          • Ha! I’ll tell it someday — when I finally get up off my butt and finish my book.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Perhaps the mafia were shaped by their proximity to the threat from across the Mediterranean.

          • Interesting — never looked that deeply into the history. (As usual dance you always get me reading and looking up stuff more fanatically that I am already doing 😉 )

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Listening to the French band Air while shopping for a new car.
            Or newer car.
            My daughter had her beginners for four minutes and got in an accident.
            Hit a fence pole and they just told us today that it’s a write-off.
            The mafia thing is something that just occurred to me.
            By the way, my wife’s great grand father left Italy and never went back to get his family.
            He just started a new one.

          • Oh no! She already hit a pole. All I can say is ¡ay caramba! (Bit of advice as a former mechanic — don’t believe them when they say it’s a “write-off” — collect the write-off money but KEEP THE CAR and get it fixed, it’s probably fixable just don’t take to a dealer. You will then have two cars — one brand new, and other one as a practice vehicle for your kids to wrap around poles)

            Re: your wifes’s ggpa leaving Italy. They did a lot of drastic things in those days. My grandpa left the family behind too, but they eventually joined him. My father later came over after WWI on a grain boat — I think he was either 6 or 10 years old. Nobody knows for sure because all his documents were wonky and seem to contradict one another! But that was early 1900’s.

            Seems that Justin wants to “upgrade” the system to modern times and go back to the early 1900’s when people could get into Canada with wonky documents. 😉

          • CanuckMike

            “collect the write-off money but KEEP THE CAR”

            That isn’t how that works.

          • Actually, that’s exactly how it CAN work — it’s still your car even if it’s a wreck. If the insurance company mechanics (usually from a dealership of their choice) determine it’s a “write-off” that’s their problem. They then send you a cheque for the replacement value and you buy another car.

            So what happens to the wreck? — it would normally go to the wrecking yard and the insurance company may collect a hundred dollars for its value as a wreck. You simply tell them that you want to keep the wreck and they can deduct the difference from the settlement, the $100 — that’s your prerogative because it’s your automobile, registered in your name, and you paid for it.

            Of course there may be extra towing and storage charges so let’s say at most $200 for you to keep the wreck and have it towed to the location of your choice. It’s none of their business what you do with the wreck — maybe you want to use it as something educational to teach auto mechanics to your son, or maybe you want to tow it to a garage of your choice and have it repaired (unless it’s unrepairable because there’s serious damage to the frame — but even then we DO have professional welders).

            I know it can be done because I’ve done similar things before — the Insurance company had no problem making these sorts of deals. Unless they’ve recently brought in a law specifically prohibiting it, I don’t see a problem. My point is that Insurance companies and dealership mechanics will almost always deem a minor accident a “write-off” because it’s easier and faster. We’re a throw-away society, my friend.

          • CanuckMike

            “Insurance companies and estimators will almost always deem a minor accident a “write-off””

            Listen; I’m an appraiser, I do this stuff every day. That statement is wrong.

            Cars are deemed a total loss if the estimate comes within a certain determined threshold of the value of the vehicle after taking into account the market prices, condition, mileage, sometimes brand and make will affect the decision. Plus, they look at the estimate and the nature of the damage because of the potential for the actual repair cost to go higher than the determined value.

            What you are talking about above is buying the vehicle back after taking the cash settlement. Two things:

            1) You’re an idiot if you do. If your car is a TL, take the settlement and buy another one, and don’t put what is usually the market value into your car to fix it, because about 99.9% of the time, that’s what it’ll take and you will never get that money back on selling it or trading it. Donate it so some college kids can learn? Good on ya, you really do like losing money, because all they’ll give you is a near worthless tax credit.

            2) Most of the time, not only will they offer you money, but they’ll brand the car. In which case to fix it(at least in Ontario) the safety and liability checks and balances are so onerous you could have bought two vehicles for the money, if, IF you’ll even find someone that will fix a branded car. Which most shops won’t do because they don’t want to be “married” to your car.

            3) Towing and storage being $200? Storage is minimum $60 a day in the sticks and twice that in cities, and towing will run you $200 just to go 500 meters, not counting the other charges that towing companies will tack on. Good luck with that. You refuse the cash settlement and you’ll be on the hook for those charges to the shop or tow yard it’s sitting at if you want your car back.

            4) The insurance companies get $100 for salvage value? Uh, no. I have a Caddy CTS that is toast sitting on my lot. You are dreaming on a Justin T level if you think the salvage of that is 3 figures.

            A few last things; insurance companies don’t have mechanics, you
            don’t have to “take it to a dealer”, you can have your car fixed at any
            licensed collision centre you bloody well want to.

          • You’re someone who currently works in the field hence I defer to you on most points.

            However, I still beg to differ on my core issue, and I think you’re making my case. As you point out, the important thing for the appraiser is the ECONOMICS of the deal for the company. As a former mechanic I can tell you it’s the REPAIRABILITY of the vehicle that determines its value “where the rubber hits the road”.

            And I think you’re being rather picayune in your argument — I haven’t worked in the field for years so obviously values and costs have changed. But it makes little difference whether the salvage value is worth $100 or .25 cents today — it’s chump change. And the deal with Insurance people should be made BEFORE extra charges are incurred. Heck, I repaired a gazillion wrecks in my day that were considered “write-offs” or destined for the yard. I drove two vehicles to Latin America after making required repairs and certifying them — even after paying import duties I still made a small profit (in addition to getting years of my own use out of them).

            Insurance companies do in fact choose the mechanics to look at the car — they don’t trust the consumer to get his “brother-in-laws’ cousin” who happens to be a mechanic for the assessment (for good reason).

            Anyway thanks for the response — I think we’re generally on the same page, but looking at it from a different perspective. I’m looking at it from the perspective of an entrepreneur / mechanic. Hopefully those days aren’t gone forever!

          • Dave In Guelph

            Origins of Sicilians from True Romance

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Thanks, man!
            For years I thought that scene was from Suicide Kings.

  • V10_Rob

    Sooooo… the mob is going back to its roots, protection rackets?

    “Nice place you got here. Be a real shame if something diverse happened to it.”

    Assuming they didn’t squeeze the public too hard, and got results, they could probably turn a tidy profit.

  • bargogx1

    Better the devil you know, and one devil is quite enough.

  • Waffle

    So sad. Sicily, without a doubt, is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. I was there for a week in 1974 — stayed in one of Club Med’s traditional villages (grass shacks) near a sleepy fishing village on the north shore. My most unforgettable moment was watching the sun rise on my last day from the vantage point of Etna’s crater.

    During WWII my father, who was a paramedic and ambulance driver in the Canadian forces, served in Sicily. In fact, he was aboard a hospital ship when it was blown out of the water by the Germans just off the coast of Sicily. He was one of the survivors who was rescued by a nearby troop ship that was carrying members of the Irish Regiment of Canada — one of his brothers was aboard!!

    • A family member was there last fall. She was on a cruise and took the “Godfather tour”. That’s right, tour companies now offer tours of famous Mafia locations! It’s a crazy world. She made it back alive so I assume she didn’t offend any local godfathers.

      • Waffle

        You may be surprised, but I’m not. I’m betting that packaging the numerous sites to see in Sicily as a “Godfather” tour would be a real winner, for all sorts of reasons.

        When the Med was the main highway across the continent, Sicily occupied a strategic place in it. Everybody (and I mean everybody), stopped there and left there mark.

        Just a very brief illustration: The Club would host an early evening concert so guests could watch the sun sink into the Med. Music was pumped into giant speakers that resounded through an old Greco/Roman amphitheater that was a feature of the Club’s location

        One could exchange a few beads for a drink and settle down on one of the steps to watch the sky and sea transition through a range of colours before fading to black, all to the backdrop of a Beethoven symphony

        One evening, however, instead of watching the sea change colour, something caught my attention out of the corner of my right eye. It was a church in the nearby village. But it didn’t look like what I thought was a typical Italian-style church. It looked distinctly northern European.

        Sure enough, what is now known as the Cathedral of Cefalu, was started by the Normans in 1131 during the Crusades. I was unable to visit because it was undergoing a restoration at that time.

        Looking back, I sort of kick myself for not having done my research before going to Sicily. There is so much to see. While it was a vacation, it was also a sort of mini-French immersion trip. I worked for the OG and was scheduled to start French lessons in the fall. The Sicilian Club was not advertised in the North American brochures and only French and Italian were spoken. It was a great experience and I had an unforgettable time. The bonus was that my ability to speak French improved so much that I was “promoted” from Level 1 to Level 2 after the first class!

        • My family member has been excited to tell me about her trip and show me photos since her return — I just haven’t gotten around to it because she lives in another town. This spring I’ll jump on a train and go see her.

          She’s pretty good on history so it should be interesting. Only downside to the trip was she apparently got quite ill near the end. Don’t know the cause, but cruise ships are like small cities in an enclosed space — lots of germs floating around.

          • Waffle

            After I read your reply, I checked out the tours on Sicily. Your relative probably got to visit some of the Greek sites on the south shore — Taormina, Agricente, etc. and might even have visited Etna as well. Sorry she got sick — that’s a bummer.
            Also too bad that the tourist industry there is probably finished. As you will see, it’s a beautiful place.

            Just heard something really interesting — will mail you.