Un mois désastreux pour Uber: chronologie des scandales en cascade qui fragilisent la startup la mieux valorisée au monde

En janvier, Uber a perdu plus de 200.000 clients en un seul weekend à la suite du mouvement #DeleteUber, qui a conduit des clients fâchés par les liens entre Uber et le Président Donald Trump à supprimer leurs comptes.

Mais ce n’était que le prélude de la série d’événements qui a récemment ébranlé la startup californienne. De mi-février à mi-mars, l’entreprise a été secouée par un déluge de mauvaises nouvelles, à raison d’une crise par jour ou presque.

Si les écoles de commerce ont besoin d’une nouvelle étude de cas d’une entreprise engloutie dans un désastre de relations publiques, le mois que vient de passer Uber est l’un des meilleurs exemples qui puissent exister. Et on ne sait toujours pas comment Uber va redresser le navire.


China to build 400km/h train for Russia’s high-speed railway

“The train… will have wheels that can be adjusted to fit various gauges on other countries’ tracks, compared with trains now that need to have their wheels changed before entering foreign systems,” Jia Limin, the head of China’s high-speed rail innovation program told the media.

Trains in Russia run on a 1520mm track, compared to the narrower 1435mm track used in Europe and China.

“Once the new bullet train is put into service, it will operate on China’s rail network as well as on the Moscow-Kazan high-speed line in Russia, which is designed for 400 km/h trains,” he added.

The new 770 kilometers of track between Moscow and Russia’s Tatarstan capital Kazan will stretch through seven regions of Russia. The track is a joint project of Moscow and Beijing.

Libya: U.S. In Panic Mode After Extremist Puppets Lose Control Of Oil Ports

EU states and the US have urged a Russia-backed Libyan warlord to hand back oil ports, amid warnings that Russia was trying to do in Libya what it did in Syria.

“The British, French, Italian, and US ambassadors to Libya said oil facilities “belong to the Libyan people and must remain under the exclusive control” of central authorities.”

This statement is of course referring to Khalifa Haftar and his successful attack against “Islamist militias” (fanatics affiliated with al-Qaeda) who seized Sidra and Ras Lanuf earlier this month.


Syria: War without end


Dozens of mediations and agreements, the latest between Russia and the US last week which has already fallen apart, have only made things worse in Syria.

At the end of August, the war took another complex, arguably more important, turn when Turkish troops crossed the border into the Syrian town of Jarabulus to support a new US-backed offensive against the Islamic State (IS) group.

The deployment of Turkish military alongside Syrian opposition factions will further fragment Syria and extend the duration of an already protracted conflict.

The occupation of Syrian territory by international players, diverging regional agendas and the multiplicity of local factions make a long-term solution appear elusive for the time being.