Daniel Taub’s Journey to Becoming a Great Diplomat

Daniel Taub is an Israeli diplomat who is of British origin. He served as Israel’s ambassador to the UK from the year 2011 to 2015. He is also an international lawyer and a writer. Daniel was born in the year 1962 in the United Kingdom.

He is an alma mater of Oxford University and Harvard University. He has previously served the military in the Israel defense forces.

Daniel Taub has been Israel’s ambassador to the United Kingdom for four years. During that time, significant changes were witnessed. Israel and Britain became closer than before, and trade between the two countries significantly grew as well as business opportunities and cultural links. More than 300 Israeli business ventures have been established in the United Kingdom.

The report released by the Israel-Britain chamber of commerce indicates that the yearly bilateral trade is over $5.5 billion. Daniel Taub, as a peace negotiator, traveled to Northern Ireland with the Palestine counterpart to the UK to access the situation there.  Read more: Daniel Taub | Wikipedia and Daniel Taub | About

Daniel was particularly concerned about the atmosphere in some colleges in the UK. This is after the UK’s largest student union body voted in a bid to adopt a boycott of Israel. Taub was of the idea that those who supported Israel should do so without any fear of intimidation.

In the year 2004, the diplomat visited Bradford; this is after the city’s representative to parliament, George Galloway, made the area an “Israel Free Zone”.

Daniel Taub was deeply involved in fostering peace between Palestine and Israel. He was the leader of Israel’s observers during the delegation to the international court of justice hearings on the Israeli security barrier.

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It is worth noting that this prolific diplomat negotiated the entry of Israel’s Red Cross society into the International Red Cross Movement. This is after an exclusion period of 70 years. He was in the forefront during the Syria-Israel negotiations.

Taub began working for the Israeli foreign ministry in the year 1991. He worked in various capacities in the ministry from legal to diplomatic posts. He served as the legal advisor to Israel’s mission to the United Nations in New York and Geneva.

Daniel is currently the director of strategy and planning at the Yad Hanadiv Foundation. He is married to his wife Zehava, and they have six children. He is a prolific writer and his work is published by The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian and The Huffington Post among others.

Big James Larkin – Irish Legend – Hero of the irish Working Man

Throughout history certain people have selflessly stood against overwhelming odds and powerful opposition for the rights of the working man. James Larkin, an Irish Folk Hero and Labor Activist,is one such hero who fought tirelessly for the rights of workers in Ireland.

James Larkin was born on January 21, 1876 in Liverpool, England. He grew up in poverty in the slums of Liverpool and had very little formal education. To help his family’s meager income, James went to work at an early age and worked in a variety of poorly paying jobs.

He eventually became a foreman at the Liverpool docks and witnessed firsthand the unfair treatment and horrible living conditions of local dock workers. Read more: Jim Larkin – Biography and The Definite Biography of Big Jim Larkin

Larkin was a committed socialist who believed that dock workers were being abused terribly and treated unfairly for the benefit of selfish profiteers. He joined the National Union of Dock Laborers (NUDL) quickly rising through the ranks and becoming a full- time union organizer in 1905.

Because of his “sympathetic” strike methods in which sympathetic workers not directly involved would also join in the strike, Larkin’s superiors in the union became concerned for their own reputations and transferred him to a union position in Dublin in 1907.

In Dublin, James’ goal was to create one all-inclusive union for both skilled and un-skilled Irish workers. At this point in time, only about 10 % of Irish workers were members of unions. To accomplish his goal of fairness for all Irish workers, he founded the Irish Transport and General Workers Union (ITGWU) in 1909.

Originally drawing members from the NUDL, the ITGWU grew to include 15,000 members from many different industries with its main symbol the famous “Red Hand of Ulster.”

In 1913 guided by Jim Larkin, the famous “Dublin lockout” occurred in Dublin where 100,000 workers went on strike against 300 employers for almost eight months. The result was the devastation of Larkin’s union which precipitated his travelling to the United States to try to raise funds to resurrect the union.

While there, Larkin publicly opposed the United States’ entry into World War 1 and in 1920 was convicted of anarchy serving three years in prison before being deported back to Ireland in 1923. He died in 1947 but is forever remembered for his famous quote, “A fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay.”

George Soros Returning to Political Arena

Through smart investing, financial savvy, hard work, and a little bit of luck, 87 year old humanitarian George Soros has amassed himself quite a fortune. His net worth is currently valued at over 25 billion dollars. This money is not just sitting around though. Soros is putting it to work for the less fortunate. It is funding projects that improve lives, and in some cases, saves them.Perhaps what he is best known for, though, is his political activism. He famously donated 27 million dollars in the hopes of defeating George W. Bush’s presidential campaign. After that spending failed to remove Bush from office, he stopped spending as much on political activities, deciding instead to work on humanitarian projects.

Since then, he has donated 13 million dollars to different nonprofit groups that protect human rights and help to ensure access to healthcare all across the United States. During this time, he donated 35 million dollars to the state of New York to be earmarked for underprivileged children, and he donated to the Center for American Progress, which advocates for and performs research on progressive policies. During this time, he donated only 1 million dollars to Barack Obama’s presidential reelection campaign, spending which is dwarfed by the amount of his humanitarian giving in this time.

But he couldn’t stay out of politics forever, and things are pointing to him getting back in the game. According to Politico, sources close to him say that he seems more politically involved than they have ever seen him before. It is not just his attitude which has changed though. He is also making very generous donations again, to the tune of 25 million dollars donated to Hillary Clinton’s and other democratic candidates. He has also given funds to opposition researching PACs which serve to undermine GOP campaigns, and to voter turnout groups.Respect and friendship with Hillary Clinton, fear of a Trump administration, and passion for the democratic platform have led him back into massive political spending. The continued effects of his spending remain to be seen, but one thing is for certain: George Soros is making a comeback, and he is not afraid to spend on causes he believes in.