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In Crime-Plagued Naples, Google Maps Can Help You Find Illegal Parking Spots

Aimed at assisting police in tracking down those running Naples’ infamous racket of illegal parking, a new Google maps page may be more useful for those desperate for a spot.

Parking is never pretty in Naples (anaru)
Parking is never pretty in Naples (anaru)
Antonio Salvati

NAPLES - Alongside the pizza makers and syrupy folk singers, unlicensed parking attendants -- well-known in Italian as parcheggiatori abusivi -- are traditional Naples characters central to the city's folklore.

And now their old – albeit illegal – pavement-pounding profession is going high-tech: a Google Maps page is providing all the relevant information about Naples' 150 or so unlicensed parking areas, from availability to expected fees.

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Inside Russia’s Revival Of Stalinist “Filtration Camps”

Though different than concentration camps constructed by Nazis, the “filtration” facilities nevertheless are a return to another brutal history, reopened under Putin, and ramped up since the invasion of Ukraine.

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Anna Akage

"It was like a true concentration camp."

This is how Oleksandr, a 49-year-old man from Mariupol, described where he and his wife Olena were taken in by Russian security officers. Speaking to a reporter for the BBC, the couple was fingerprinted, photographed and interrogated for hours, and their phones searched for material that could somehow identify them as “Nazis.”

But there is another name given to that these locations, and the process, that have been set up to handle Ukrainians taken into custody in areas occupied by pro-Russian separatists: They’re called: “filtration camps.”

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