What is Cosa Nostra?

  • (noun): A crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia.
    Synonyms: Mafia, Maffia

Cosa Nostra

The Mafia (also known as Cosa Nostra) is a criminal syndicate that emerged in the mid-nineteenth century in Sicily, Italy. It is a loose association of criminal groups that share a common organizational structure and code of conduct, and whose common enterprise is protection racketeering. Each group, known as a "family", "clan", or "cosca", claims sovereignty over a territory in which it operates its rackets – usually a town or village or a neighbourhood (borgata) of a larger city. Its members call themselves "men of honour", although the public often refers to them as "mafiosi".

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... It is most active in the rural parts of southern Sicily and is partially a rival to Cosa Nostra ... The Stidda came into public view when Cosa Nostra pentito Francesco Marino Mannoia spoke about it in 1989 ... Stidda is an organisation that was founded by former members of the Cosa Nostra during the Second Mafia War of the early 1980s ...
Cosa Nostra - Notable Sicilian Mafiosi
... although such a position does not exist in the loose structure of Cosa Nostra in Sicily, imprisoned by Cesare Mori ...
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... Cosa Nostra Lafamilia was released in December 2009 on New Year's Eve ... "Shukusha" a hit song from his album Cosa Nostra won Best Music Video of the year 2011 ...
Charles Luciano - American Power Struggle
... Genovese now believed himself to be the top boss in the Cosa Nostra ... In November 1957, Genovese called a meeting of Cosa Nostra bosses in Apalachin, New York to approve his takeover of the Luciano family and to establish his national power ... Over 65 high ranking mobsters were arrested and the Cosa Nostra was subjected to publicity and numerous grand jury summons ...

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