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Food and ag corporations could be caught in crossfire: The situation in Venezuela continues to deteriorate. Public safety is increasingly threatened as the government intensifies its crackdown on the political opposition, whether real or imagined. As is often the case, the turmoil gives ne’er-do-wells an opportunity to commit violence, settling old grudges. Violence and threats are also being used by the Maduro government to intimidate. 

Food- and agriculture-related corporations, if still present in the nation, will surely continue to be negatively impacted. Best advice at this point – remove assets as quickly as possible. The social fabric of the country is rapidly unraveling, corruption is flourishing, and the black market is the only thing that keeps the meager supply of food available to the general public. How long that will continue is questionable, given hyper-inflation. 

The country is not yet in civil war, but is very close. The refugee crisis continues largely unabated, putting massive economic pressure on surrounding countries. Russians and Chinese (read “military”) have shown up in recent weeks in an attempt to shore up the shaky Maduro government.  It is always troubling when that happens, but not unexpected. 

Some have warned that the U.S. could be facing another Syria. There are some parallels, but the closer proximity and availability of potential strategic partners make this a different situation. A consortium of U.S. allies is currently forming. Although, there are no indicators of imminent invasion plans for Venezuela, very significant economic pressure is being mounted by the U.S. and its allies, and the U.S. is openly working with allies to foster a change in leadership. 

The presence of Hezbollah in the nation will cause an intensification of economic, political and military pressure. Venezuela is a failed state.  It will not be allowed to become a significant launching platform for terrorist activities into the U.S., regardless of whether the Russians and Chinese are present. The U.S. administration has shown itself willing to neutralize threats, even if those threats emanate from the Russians, as it did so dramatically last year in Syria, when U.S. forces killed well over 100 Russian “security contractors” (i.e. “Little Green Men”). 

Long-term, the U.S. will be dealing with a coalition of Russia, China, Hezbollah and others working in tandem to spread chaos, designed to dissolve our nation’s influence. Food and agriculture corporations can and will be caught in the crossfire (political and actual).  A plan for dealing with the possibilities is essential. Read more HERE, HERE and HERE.


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