Where medicine and the Mafia go hand in hand during the pandemic

One recent November day, police from across several areas in Italy converged for a special anti-Mafia operation. And they weren’t going up against any old gang – they were targeting the ‘Ndrangheta, Italy’s most powerful, and most brutal, crime network. With the operation, Mafia prosecutor Nicola Gratteri and other investigators from Calabria started a campaign that in pandemic times can be seen as a sort of sign: They’re not going to give up easily when it comes to solving problems where the Mafia, politics and health care intersect. Parts of the medical system in southern Italy, including ho…

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