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Local Gang Cancels Its Halloween Celebration In Kobe, Japan

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 01.06.2017 | World

Children in Kobe, Japan, won't receive trick-or-treating candy from the local mob this year. In a sign posted outside its headquarters and tweeted by ...

Bloody Poachers, Organized Crime, Insatiable Demand (WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 08.17.2014 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

Forty years ago there were at least 1.2 million African elephants. Today, there are less than 400,000 elephants remaining. Thirty-five thousand beasts are poached each year. At this sickening rate of extermination, elephants will be extinct, which means gone forever, by 2025.

Al-Jazeera America's Strategic Missteps

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 03.10.2014 | Media
Nikolas Kozloff

Al-Jazeera's toned-down coverage is surprising and ironic in light of the current media landscape. Indeed, al-Jazeera America is launching at precisely the moment when cable news is cratering in the public imagination.

U.S. Blacklists Yakuza Mob Family

Reuters | Posted 11.27.2012 | World

WASHINGTON, Sept 27 (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on Japan's second largest yakuza crime syndicate and its leaders, fr...

Naked David Storms Louisville as Museum Hotels Raid the Gothic South (PHOTOS, NSFW)

Frank Browning | Posted 08.08.2012 | Arts
Frank Browning

The Brown family of Kentucky claim to hold the biggest collection of contemporary art in North America, and they're scattering it in the bars, lounges, restrooms and elevators of their hotel group, which they're marketing as "museum hotels."

Naked Japanese Gangsters Inspire Romantic Tattoo Musical?

Eric Schorr | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eric Schorr

Quiz time for all you musical theater fans: what is the name of the American musical inspired by two completely naked and totally threatening Japanese gangsters, or yakuza, covered from head to toe in Technicolor tattoos?

Movie review: Outrage

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.29.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Takeshi Kitano has always been a rule-breaker so it's no surprise that Outrage, his latest gangster film, should foil expectations. A good part of th...

The Dark Side of Brazilian Soccer

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

Regardless of the motive, the shooting of controversial Brazilian ex-referee Arturo Godoi should remind sports fans everywhere it's getting tougher to tell the difference between competition and entertainment.

Yakuza 3 Video Game Reviewed By Yakuza Gangsters: 'Cigarettes And Shabu Should Be In Every Game'

Boing Boing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Several months ago, I introduced you to Jake Adelstein, the fearless-to-a-fault Jewish-American reporter who spent 12 years as a crime beat reporter i...

Kitano Outdoes Kick-Ass Violence at Cannes

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

The question of pleasure in movie violence is key to how one takes Takesha Kitano's newest film Outrage, which premiered this week at Cannes.

Tadamasa Goto's Liver Transplant Profiled: How Yakuza Boss Got New Liver At UCLA (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

On Sunday, 60 Minutes aired a report by Lara Logan on the puzzling liver transplants received by Japan's top crime bosses at UCLA Medical Center. Betw...

Japanese Gang Members Feel Effects Of Recession

Globalpost | Justin McCurry | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TOKYO -- Kazuhiro Yamada may describe himself as an innocent victim of the recession, but he is unlikely to win much sympathy. Until he lost his job ...