@samarkeolog Twitter archive: organised crime

Partly to help me (publicly) archive material from before my @conflictantiq Twitter feed on looting and destruction of cultural and community property, partly to help me clarify (for myself) what I want to document on it, I’ve copied-and-pasted(-and-hyperlinked) the (immediately or otherwise) relevant material from my @samarkeolog Twitter feed (primarily on professional, Balkan and Mediterranean matters).

It was a huge time sink; but I am utterly dedicated to uneconomic(al) activity.

@samarkeolog tweets on organised crime are here.

Benin: political economy

poverty-stricken disabled people’s #smuggling of cheap fuel & other commodities from #Nigeria to #Benin’ (12th November 2012 [11th November 2012])

Britain: organised crime

‘London Met makes 500 arrests in raids on gangs‘ (@guardiannews, 15th February 2012)

Bulgaria: organised crime

Organised crime controls about 4.5% of Bulgarian economy, conference told #crime #bulgaria’ (@kellyhignett, 3rd April 2012)

Corporate intelligence

”don’t worry, they’re just private intelligence‘: a tea party in Hove’ (21st May 2012)

‘:) RT @ChasingAphrodit ever scarier! > MT @samarkeolog not illicit traders, corporate intelligence…’ (@samarkeolog, 21st May 2012)

@samarkeolog ever scarier!’ (@ChasingAphrodit, 21st May 2012)

@philchamberlain I’m not sure if I want it to be a serial… :)’ (@samarkeolog, 21st May 2012)

@ChasingAphrodit if I want to meet illicit traders, I go antiquing in the Cotswolds ;)’ (@samarkeolog, 21st May 2012)

@ChasingAphrodit not illicit traders, corporate intelligence; I did encourage them to appear marginally less evasive for that very reason…’ (@samarkeolog, 21st May 2012)

@samarkeolog OK, I’m hooked #mysterystoryserialisation’ (@philchamberlain, 20th May 2012)

@samarkeolog ventures into meeting with shadowy representatives of the illicit trade’ (@ChasingAphrodit, 20th May 2012)

illicit trades, brass-plate websites and Brighton Pier’ (20th May 2012)

Greece: organised crime

‘Ρεπορτάζ για τους δρόμους του trafficking / του Τάκη Σκριβάνου’ (@AthensVoice, 22nd November 2012)

Italy: organised crime

‘Italy sacks ‘mafia link‘ council’ (@ereguly, 9th October 2012)

@samarkeolog that particular pic has loads going on. The casual gun carrying, nervous cigarette lighting, the frail man guarded by heavies’ (@philchamberlain, 4th March 2012)

‘unimaginable: in #mafia journo photos Magistrate Scarpinato distinguished by fact he ‘remains alive’ v @philchamberlain‘ (4th March 2012)

‘CAZZO! Casoria museum threatens to destroy collection to protest against #Camorra organised crime @artinfodotcom #Italy’ (29th February 2012)

‘Here’s a piece I did for Indie on my mafia research and new book (just out in paperback). Ignore the stupid headline’ (@JohnDickie1, 14th February 2012)

‘Wish this stuff was available in English. Victim of #camorra extortion films his persecutors and gets them arrested’ (@JohnDickie1, 31st January 2012)

‘Surge in cancer cases in Italy linked to illegal dumping of toxic waste. Great piece in Indie #camorra’ (@JohnDickie1, 22nd January 2012)

‘1996 Castelvetrano: mafioso shot own son by mistake instead of intended target. Wd-be target & killer then collaborated to hide son’s body’ (@JohnDickie1, 20th January 2012)

Mexico: organised crime

‘Issue Brief: Status of Mexico’s Fight Against Organized Crime via @MexicoInstitute #drugwar #mexico #border #tijuana’ (@sdmattpotter, 25th November 2012)

‘RT @jzellis Zetas cartel enslaving engineers to build a clandestine comm network in Mexico’ (@GreatDismal, 5th November 2012 – tweet’s original link broken/dead, but fixed)

‘Analysis suggests drug lords are the wrong people to target to bring down a cartel via @newscientist #drugwar #mexico’ (@sdmattpotter, 27th October 2012)

‘Photo: With Mexican drug lord’s body missing, his grandiose mausoleum must wait via @MiamiHerald #drugwar #mexico’ (@sdmattpotter, 11th October 2012 – photo no longer there)

‘fantastic infographic shows which Mexican drug cartels supply which drugs, from where, to which US states v @MattPotter‘ (17th July 2012)

organised crime

‘French, Swiss police break up Moroccan drug ring, seize cash, art, and gold ingots. but seriously, ingots?’ (@tweetsintheME, 11th October 2012)

Slovakia: organised crime

‘Tunnel vision. Great story about smugglers’ tunnel between Slovakia and Ukraine’ (@edwardlucas, 24th July 2012)

Turkey: organised crime

‘Britain’s #Kurdish “Heroin Godfather” A. Baybasin Freed After Smuggling Retrial Collapses #turkey #uk #pkk’ (@vvanwilgenburg, 25th October 2010)


  • I didn’t include ambiguous tweets, mid-event tweets, etc.
  • I removed incomplete sentences added by automatic tweet generators.
  • I converted in-tweet links into hyperlinked text.
  • I didn’t provide the permalink to my own tweets of links, because it would’ve meant a flood of unnecessary links and “@samarkeolog”s (and swallowed even more time).
  • Because my early tweets’ links weren’t clickable, I copied-and-pasted all of the tweets themselves (rather than links for embedding), but it’s far, far too time-consuming to continue to do that.

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