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Shortlisted for 'Best Investigative Podcast' at the Publishers Podcast Awards.

The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime brings you stories and investigations from the global criminal underworld.

The topics covered by Deep Dive are far ranging, one episode could be looking at a hybrid paramilitary organized criminal cartel; the next could be the dismantling of an encrypted communications network; or the use of complex corporate structures to hide illicit activity; or the role organized crime has in the recycling industry.

This podcast series demonstrates the wide ranging investigations and research carried out by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.

Deep Dive: Exploring Organized Crime Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

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    • 4.9 • 13 Ratings

Shortlisted for 'Best Investigative Podcast' at the Publishers Podcast Awards.

The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime brings you stories and investigations from the global criminal underworld.

The topics covered by Deep Dive are far ranging, one episode could be looking at a hybrid paramilitary organized criminal cartel; the next could be the dismantling of an encrypted communications network; or the use of complex corporate structures to hide illicit activity; or the role organized crime has in the recycling industry.

This podcast series demonstrates the wide ranging investigations and research carried out by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.

    P2 - 'Ndrangheta - "'Ndrangheta Royalty Down Under"

    P2 - 'Ndrangheta - "'Ndrangheta Royalty Down Under"

    Part 2 - "ndrangheta Royalty Down Under"
    In 2007, the Australian Federal Police received a tipoff about a container arriving at the Port of Melbourne. The container had come from Italy and was full of tins of tomatoes, inside those tins was the largest ecstasy bust in the world at that time.
    The AFP had discovered an international drug trafficking criminal syndicate at work. At the centre of this was one criminal dynasty, not only were they a prominent Calabrian mafia clan back in Platì, the heart of the 'ndrangheta, but also one of the founding 'ndrangheta clans in Australia.
    In this second episode Anna Sergi, author of the new book ‘Chasing the Mafia: 'Ndrangheta, Memories and Journeys', talks about the growth of the 'ndrangheta in Australia through one family, who she describes as "Royalty".
    Speaker(s):
    https://globalinitiative.net/profile/anna-sergi/ (Anna Sergi), Professor of Criminology at the University of Essex, member of the GI Network of Experts and author of the new book ‘Chasing the Mafia: 'Ndrangheta, Memories and Journeys'.
    https://twitter.com/annasergi (Twitter)
    Additional Reading
    (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chasing-Mafia-Ndrangheta-Memories-Journeys/dp/1529222443/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3DJPDTFD7Z7M3andkeywords=Chasing+the+Mafia%3A+%27Ndrangheta%2C+Memories+and+Journeysandqid=1662113922andsprefix=chasing+the+mafia+ndrangheta+memories+and+journeys%2Caps%2C110andsr=8-1 (Book)) Chasing the Mafia: 'Ndrangheta, Memories and Journeys by Anna Sergi
    (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mafia-Republic-Criminal-Ndrangheta-Camorra-ebook/dp/B00AJP27V6/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=mafia+republicandqid=1662113878andsprefix=mafia+rep%2Caps%2C201andsr=8-1 (Book)) Mafia Republic: Italy's Criminal Curse. Cosa Nostra, 'Ndrangheta and Camorra from 1946 to the Present by John Dickie
    Anna Sergi blog, University of Essex - https://www.essex.ac.uk/blog/posts/2022/06/22/calabrian-mafia-in-australia (A flurry of attention, then collective forgetfulness – 100 years of the ‘ndrangheta Calabrian mafia in Australia)
    (https://link.chtbl.com/TheIndex (Podcast)) The Index - episode 3 and 4 "Italy and mafia" - https://link.chtbl.com/TheIndex
    The Global Organized Crime Index - Country Profile - https://ocindex.net/country/italy (Italy )
    The Global Organized Crime Index - Country Profile - https://ocindex.net/country/australia (Australia)
    Four Corners (ABC and Fairfax media) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR27WgRkWxo (documentary)
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/drug-accused-tried-to-nurture-journo-20080909-4ci0.html (The Age - Drug accused 'tried to nurture journo')
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/mr-bigs-busted-20080808-3s17.html (The Age - Mr Bigs Busted)
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/heartache-has-no-end-for-family-of-donald-mackay-20110429-1e0if.html (The Age - Heartache has no end for family of Donald Mackay)
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/nov/30/nine-charged-in-raids-over-gangland-of-pasquale-barbaro (The Guardian - Nine charged in raids over gangland murder of Pasquale Barbaro)
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-33306842 (BBC News - Mafia 'linked to senior Australian politicians')
    https://globalinitiative.net/ (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)

    • 36 min
    P1 - 'Ndrangheta - "The Madonna of the Mountain"

    P1 - 'Ndrangheta - "The Madonna of the Mountain"

    Part 1 - "The Madonna of the Mountain"
    In Calabria, southern Italy there is a mountain massif called Aspromonte, "harsh mountain". The villages that hug the mountain slopes, places like San Luca, Natile and Platì are the birthplaces of the clans that make up what is collectively known as ‘Ndrangheta – one of the most powerful organized criminal syndicates in the world.
    From these humble beginnings the clans have spread their tentacles around the globe and become major players in the international illicit drug trade. And one of the ways they did this was by reinvesting money from one illicit act into another - kidnapping.
    Over the next few podcasts we look through the eyes of Anna Sergi, a Calabrian native herself and an expert in the 'Ndrangheta. Anna's recent book 'Chasing the Mafia: 'Ndrangheta, Memories and Journeys' discusses her journey around the world looking for the 'Ndrangheta. In this first episode Anna relays stories from her childhood and memories of 'The Kidnapping Season' which took place in the Aspromonte mountains around her.
    Speaker(s):
    https://globalinitiative.net/profile/anna-sergi/ (Anna Sergi), Professor of Criminology at the University of Essex, member of the GI Network of Experts and author of the new book ‘Chasing the Mafia: 'Ndrangheta, Memories and Journeys.
    https://twitter.com/annasergi (Twitter)
    Additional Reading
    (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chasing-Mafia-Ndrangheta-Memories-Journeys/dp/1529222443/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3DJPDTFD7Z7M3andkeywords=Chasing+the+Mafia%3A+%27Ndrangheta%2C+Memories+and+Journeysandqid=1662113922andsprefix=chasing+the+mafia+ndrangheta+memories+and+journeys%2Caps%2C110andsr=8-1 (Book)) Chasing the Mafia: 'Ndrangheta, Memories and Journeys by Anna Sergi
    (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mafia-Republic-Criminal-Ndrangheta-Camorra-ebook/dp/B00AJP27V6/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=mafia+republicandqid=1662113878andsprefix=mafia+rep%2Caps%2C201andsr=8-1 (Book)) Mafia Republic: Italy's Criminal Curse. Cosa Nostra, 'Ndrangheta and Camorra from 1946 to the Present by John Dickie
    (https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/giovanni-falcone/ (Paper)) Once upon a time in Palermo: Giovanni Falcone and the fight against Cosa Nostra
    (https://link.chtbl.com/TheIndex (Podcast)) The Index - episode 3 and 4 "Italy and mafia" - https://link.chtbl.com/TheIndex
    The Global Organized Crime Index - Country Profile - https://ocindex.net/country/italy (Italy )
    https://globalinitiative.net/ (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)

    • 45 min
    P2 - Killing the Power of the Pen: Violence against journalists in Mexico

    P2 - Killing the Power of the Pen: Violence against journalists in Mexico

    Part 2 - "I fear for my life"
    In 2019, journalist Lourdes Maldonado rose from her seat to speak to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at a press conference - it was during this moment she said "I fear for my life" due to a long running legal dispute. Three years later, and just days after that case had been ruled in her favour, she was gunned down outside her home.
    Officials blamed a local cartel group, but critics were not and still are not convinced by this version of events. There is little trust between officials and journalism, and when it comes to violence against journalists in Mexico, with impunity levels over 90% it is not a surprise.
    This is a story about impunity, a hostile political climate, censorship, and the families left behind with those directly affected.
    Speakers:
    https://www.icij.org/journalists/marcela-turati-munoz/ (Marcela) https://www.icij.org/journalists/marcela-turati-munoz/ (Turati Muñoz), Mexico, is a reporter for the magazine https://www.proceso.com.mx/ (Proceso), where she reports about human rights, social development, and the impact of drug violence and its victims. She is also the co-founder of https://quintoelab.org/ (Quinto Elemento Lab).
    https://globalinitiative.net/profile/miguel-angel-leon-carmona/ (Miguel) https://globalinitiative.net/profile/miguel-angel-leon-carmona/ (Ángel León Carmona) - a Mexican Journalist in Veracruz.
    Griselda Triana, Author of https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/murdered-disappeared-journalists-mexico/ (The Forgotten Ones: Relatives of murdered and disappeared journalists in Mexico) and wife of Javier Valdez.
    https://twitter.com/siriagastelum?lang=en (Siria Gastélum Félix), https://globalinitiative.net/profile/siria-gastelum-felix/ (Resilience Director at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)
    https://twitter.com/polomaldonadog?lang=en (Leopoldo Maldonado) - Regional Director, Office for Mexico and Central America, https://www.article19.org/regional-office/mexico-and-central-america/ (Article 19).
    https://twitter.com/jahootsen (Jan-Albert Hootsen), Mexico Representative / Representante en México, https://cpj.org/author/jan-albert-hootsen-cpj-mexico-representative/ (The Committee to Protect Journalists.)

    • 42 min
    P1 - Killing the Power of the Pen: Violence against journalists in Mexico

    P1 - Killing the Power of the Pen: Violence against journalists in Mexico

    Part 1 - "It’s a message of terror, to stop asking questions"
    Mexico is known as one of the most dangerous places to be a journalist on the planet, and 2022 is on record to be the deadliest yet. https://cpj.org/2022/01/mexican-journalist-jose-luis-gamboa-stabbed-to-death-in-veracruz/ (José Luis Gamboa Arenas), a journalist from Veracruz became the first to be killed this year, the body of https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mexico-journalist-killed-luis-enrique-ramirez-ramos/ (Luis Enrique Ramírez Ramos), a Sinaloan journalist was found in Culiacán on May 5th taking to total to nine.
    So how has Mexico got to the point where so many journalists and media workers are being attacked and killed? This is a story of bravery in the face of surveillance, intimidation and violence, extreme corruption, organized crime, shockingly high levels of impunity, censorship and a hostile political climate.
    Update: May 11th 2022 - https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/two-journalists-killed-mexican-state-veracruz-2022-05-09/?taid=6279ad5d61df9100010d1f12andutm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Contentandutm_medium=trueAnthemandutm_source=twitter (Two more journalists) were murdered in Veracruz as they sat in a car - Yessenia Mollinedo and Sheila Garcia. The total now has risen to 11.
    Speakers:
    https://www.icij.org/journalists/marcela-turati-munoz/ (Marcela) https://www.icij.org/journalists/marcela-turati-munoz/ (Turati Muñoz), Mexico, is a reporter for the magazine https://www.proceso.com.mx/ (Proceso), where she reports about human rights, social development, and the impact of drug violence and its victims. She is also the co-founder of https://quintoelab.org/ (Quinto Elemento Lab).
    https://globalinitiative.net/profile/miguel-angel-leon-carmona/ (Miguel) https://globalinitiative.net/profile/miguel-angel-leon-carmona/ (Ángel León Carmona) - a Mexican Journalist in Veracruz.
    Griselda Triana, Author of https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/murdered-disappeared-journalists-mexico/ (The Forgotten Ones: Relatives of murdered and disappeared journalists in Mexico) and wife of Javier Valdez.
    https://twitter.com/siriagastelum?lang=en (Siria Gastélum Félix), https://globalinitiative.net/profile/siria-gastelum-felix/ (Resilience Director at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)
    https://twitter.com/polomaldonadog?lang=en (Leopoldo Maldonado) - Regional Director, Office for Mexico and Central America, https://www.article19.org/regional-office/mexico-and-central-america/ (Article 19).
    https://twitter.com/jahootsen (Jan-Albert Hootsen), Mexico Representative / Representante en México, https://cpj.org/author/jan-albert-hootsen-cpj-mexico-representative/ (The Committee to Protect Journalists.)
    Additional Reading
    https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/murder-journalists-mexico-threat-democracy/ (Murder of journalists in Mexico a threat to democracy) (GITOC)
    https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/murdered-disappeared-journalists-mexico/ (The forgotten ones: Relatives of murdered and disappeared journalists in Mexico) (GITOC)
    https://cpj.org/2022/01/marcela-turati-on-the-chilling-implications-of-mexicos-probe-into-her-reporting/ (Marcela Turati on the chilling implications of Mexico’s probe into her reporting) (Committee to Protect Journalists)
    https://rsf.org/en/rsf-publishes-report-veracruz-journalists-and-state-fear (Veracruz: journalists and the state of fear (Reporters Without Borders))
    https://www.article19.org/region/mexico/ (Mexico Archives (Article19))
    https://forbiddenstories.org/case/the-pegasus-project/ (The Pegasus Project (Forbidden Stories))
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/27/javier-duarte-mexico-veracruz-guilty-sentenced-corruption (Mexico: 'worst governor in history' sentenced to nine years for corruption) - Javier Duarte, former governor of Veracruz, pleaded guilty to charges of criminal association and money laundering (The Guardian).

    • 42 min
    "You beat me" - Part 3: Clan del Golfo: The Fall of Otoniel

    "You beat me" - Part 3: Clan del Golfo: The Fall of Otoniel

    As the net begins to close on Otoniel, life on the run is hard. Deep in the jungles of Úraba, he never stays in a single place for more than two nights, he no longer communicates using phones and he stays away from urban centres for fear of capture. But he still runs the largest organized criminal group in Colombia.
    One by one, other senior members of Clan del Golfo are picked off. But Otoniel continues to evade law enforcement in a constant game of cat and mouse.
    But now, Operation Agamemnon is in full swing with Search Bloc, the Colombian army and international partners hunting Otoniel - and when he is finally captured it's reported that he said "You beat me".
    This is part 3 of Clan del Golfo: The Fall of Otoniel.
    Speakers:
    https://twitter.com/AngelitaOlayaC (Angela Olaya), the Co-founder and Senior Researcher at the Conflict Responses Foundation in Colombia.
    https://twitter.com/tobymuse?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor (Toby Muse), Foreign Correspondent, documentary filmmaker and author of the book Kilo: Life and Death inside the secret world of the cocaine cartels.
    https://twitter.com/jmantillaba?lang=en (Jorge Mantilla), the Director of Conflict Dynamics and Organized Violence, Ideas for Peace Foundation and a member of the https://globalinitiative.net/profile/jorge-mantilla/ (GI network)
    Related Links:
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1117558/kilo/9781529103410.html (Toby Muse - Kilo: Life and Death inside the secret world of the cocaine cartels)
    https://insightcrime.org/colombia-organized-crime-news/dario-antonio-usuga-otoniel/ (Insight Crime - Dairo Antonio Usuga "Otoniel" Profile)
    https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Exclusive-Gulf-Clan-Colombias-Biggest-Paramilitary-Group-20180402-0026.html (teleSUR - A Look into 'Clan del Golfo,' Colombia's Largest Paramilitary Group)
    https://www.elcolombiano.com/colombia/paz-y-derechos-humanos/siete-lineas-guiaran-al-ejercito-nacional-FH3889799 (el Colombiano - Siete líneas guiarán al Ejército nacional)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPFWvYbMbfc (Los Informantes - Las chicas del clan: alias ¿Otoniel? y su red de prostitución de menores)
    https://www.elheraldo.co/colombia/somos-hombres-de-dios-el-mensaje-de-alias-otoniel-al-papa-399745 (el Heraldo - “Somos hombres de Dios”, el mensaje de alias Otoniel al Papa)
    https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/colombian-police-capture-sister-clan-del-golfo-leader-otoniel-2021-03-18/ (Reuters - Colombian police capture sister of Clan del Golfo leader Otoniel)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcTtIgdUeYY (El Tiempo - Cayó alias Otoniel, el narcotraficante más buscado del país | El Tiempo)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO7LOUcY2Gk (Semana - Presidente Iván Duque entrega detalles de la captura de alias Otoniel)
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/24/columbias-most-wanted-drug-lord-otoniel-captured-by-armed-forces (The Guardian - Colombia’s most-wanted drug lord, Otoniel, captured in jungle hideout)
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-59026214 (BBC - Colombia's most wanted drug lord Otoniel captured)
    https://insightcrime.org/news/urabenos-after-otoniel-what-becomes-colombia-largest-criminal-threat/ (Insight Crime -The Urabeños After Otoniel - What Becomes of Colombia's Largest Criminal Threat?)

    • 38 min
    "Don't text or call me" - Part 2: Clan del Golfo: The Fall of Otoniel

    "Don't text or call me" - Part 2: Clan del Golfo: The Fall of Otoniel

    At the end of part 1, Otoniel we left him in sole charge of Clan del Golfo, the biggest organized crime group in Colombia.
    In part 2 "Don't text or call me", we look through the eyes of a man who goes by the alias "Messi", who was involved in cocaine trafficking and money laundering for Clan del Golfo. We'll see how he used real-estate, cars, watches, front companies and government contracts to clean the drug money...as well through football, music and livestock!
    And finally we'll delve into the murky world of illegal gold mining and the way Clan del Golfo use violence, intimidation and even assassination to get extortion payments from the workers.
    Speakers:
    https://globalinitiative.net/profile/daniel-mauricio-rico/ (Daniel Rico), Researcher at https://www.ideaspaz.org/ (Ideas for Peace Foundation) and Director of C-Analysis in Colombia and member of https://globalinitiative.net/profile/daniel-mauricio-rico/ (GI Network)
    https://twitter.com/trejosrosero?lang=en-GB (Luis Fernando Trejos Rosero), Profesor investigador del Departamento de Ciencia Política y Relaciones Internacionales, https://www.uninorte.edu.co/en/web/departamento-de-ciencia-politica-y-relaciones-internacionales (Universidad del Norte, Colombia)
    https://twitter.com/jmantillaba?lang=en (Jorge Mantilla), the Director of Conflict Dynamics and Organized Violence, Ideas for Peace Foundation and a member of the https://globalinitiative.net/profile/jorge-mantilla/ (GI network)
    https://twitter.com/tobymuse?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor (Toby Muse), Foreign Correspondent, documentary filmmaker and author of the book Kilo: Life and Death inside the secret world of the cocaine cartels.
    https://twitter.com/marcenahunter (Marcena Hunter), Senior Analyst, https://globalinitiative.net/profile/marcena-hunter/ (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)
    https://twitter.com/AnaPCOliveira_ (Ana Paula Oliveira), Analyst, https://globalinitiative.net/profile/ana-paula-oliveira/ (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime) and https://assassination.globalinitiative.net/monitor (Global Assassinations Monitor.)
    Related Links:
    (Paper) https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/cocaine-to-europe/ (Cocaine Pipeline to Europe)
    (Paper) https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/transnational-tentacles-wb6/ (Transnational Tentacles)
    https://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2016/12/17/death-extortion-stalk-workers-at-canadian-mine-in-colombia.html (Toronto Star - Death, extortion stalk workers at Canadian mine in Colombia)
    https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/colombia/article194188034.html#storylink=cpy (Miami Herald - Dirty gold is the new cocaine in Colombia — and it’s just as bloody)
    https://gfintegrity.org/report/the-gold-standard-addressing-illicit-financial-flows-in-the-colombian-gold-sector-through-greater-transparency/ (Global Financial Integrity - The Gold Standard: Addressing Illicit Financial Flows in the Colombian Gold Sector through Greater Transparency)
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1117558/kilo/9781529103410.html (Toby Muse - Kilo: Life and Death inside the secret world of the cocaine cartels)
    https://insightcrime.org/colombia-organized-crime-news/dario-antonio-usuga-otoniel/ (Insight Crime - Dairo Antonio Usuga "Otoniel" Profile)
    https://www.eltiempo.com/unidad-investigativa/john-freddy-zapata-alias-messi-la-historia-secreta-del-capo-de-los-4-billones-559715 (El Tiempo - La historia secreta de ‘Messi’, el capo de los $ 4 billones)
    https://www.semana.com/nacion/articulo/alias-messi-fotos-y-videos-de-las-extravagantes-propiedades-del-narcotraficante-y-su-espectacular-vehiculo/202119/ (Semana - Alias Messi: fotos y videos de las extravagantes propiedades del narcotraficante y su espectacular vehículo)
    https://colombiareports.com/amp/urabenos-shut-down-gran-colombia-gold-operations-after-killing-mining-leader/ (Colombia Reports - Urabeños shut down Gran Colombia Gold operations after...

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

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Gripping and insightful!

Fascinating insights into a whole range of unexplored topics, always presented by really knowledgeable speakers - leaves you wanting to know more!!

In the mirror I see a trade... ,

Firstly, the music at the start of each episode is always so cool...

Love it! Love it! Love it! Firstly, the music at the start of each episode is always so cool but also the topics are so varied and well researched. Looking forward to tracking future episodes. Keep up the good work!

Valentuna18 ,

Super interesting

This was a very professional podcast with interesting experts and topics. I recommend.

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