The origins of the ‘ndrangheta of Calabria: Italy’s most powerful mafia (1 Mar 2011) by UCL Sound published on 2011/03/11 15:09:12 +0000 UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: The origins of the ‘ndrangheta of Calabria: Italy’s most powerful mafia Professor John Dickie (UCL Italian) On 15 August 2007, six young men with origins in the Italian region of Calabria were ambushed and murdered in the German steel town of Duisburg. This was northern Europe’s St Valentine’s Day massacre, the worst ever mafia bloodbath outside Italy and the United States. Suddenly, journalists across the globe were struggling with what the New York Times called an ‘unpronounceable name’: ‘ndrangheta (en-drang-get-ah.) In the 1990s, the ‘ndrangheta placed itself in a leading position in the European wholesale cocaine market by dealing direct with South American producers. It is now thought to be the wealthiest and most powerful of Italy’s major criminal brotherhoods. But how, when, and why did it first emerge? http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lhl UCL is consistently ranked as one of the world's top universities. Across all disciplines our faculties are known for their research-intensive approaches, academic excellence and engagement with global challenges. This is the basis of our world-renowned degree programmes. Visit us at www.ucl.ac.uk.