James Franklin Jeffrey
James Franklin Jeffrey serves as the United States Special Representative for Syria Engagement and the Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL. He is a senior American diplomat and expert in political and energy issues in the Middle East, Turkey and the Balkans, he has held senior assignments in Washington, D. C. and abroad, including as United States Ambassador to Iraq. In 2010 Jeffrey was appointed to the highest rank in the U. S. Foreign Service, Career Ambassador. From 1969 to 1976, Jeffrey was a U. S. Army infantry officer, with service in Germany and Vietnam. Jeffrey is a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a member of the CIA External Advisory Board, a member of the American Council on Germany, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he serves on the advisory board for DC-based non-profit America Abroad Media. He is a frequent commentator on broader foreign policy, national security, economic trends. Jeffrey was born in Saugus, Massachusetts, in 1946.
He received a BA in History from Northeastern University in 1969, an MBA from Boston University Graduate School of Management in 1977. Jeffrey holds a diploma in the French language from the University of Paris, he speaks German and French along with English. Jeffrey is a resident of Virginia. Jeffrey joined the US Foreign Service in 1977. After a training assignment in Tunis, Tunisia he was posted to Sofia, where he served as the on-site U. S. representative during a hijacking of a Turkish Air Flight with five U. S. businessmen taken as hostages, in May 1981. Jeffrey served on assignments in Adana and Ankara, Turkey as a political-military officer, from 1983 to 1987. Jeffrey served in Munich, during the collapse of the Soviet Union and the reunification of Germany from 1989 to 1991, including as acting principal officer during the first Gulf War, liaison to Radio Free Europe, he was selected as the State Department’s coordinator for the Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Jeffrey served as the Deputy Presidential Special Advisor for Bosnia Implementation, working to put into place the Dayton Accords.
In 1996 Jeffrey was selected as Deputy Chief of Mission to the American Embassy Kuwait, served during Operation Desert Fox and the evacuation of Embassy Kuwait. In 1999 he returned as Deputy Chief of Mission. After serving as Ambassador to Albania from 2002 to 2004, he was selected by Secretary of State Colin Powell and Ambassador John Negroponte to bridge the transition from the Coalition Provisional Authority to the new U. S. Embassy in Baghdad, subsequently served as Deputy Chief of Mission from 2004 to 2005, he served as Chargé d'Affaires in Baghdad before returning to Washington to serve as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s Special Advisor for Iraq from 2006 to 2007. Jeffrey served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, covering broader Middle East policy matters, including co-chairing the Interagency Iran Policy Group. President George W. Bush nominated Jeffrey as Ambassador to Turkey in 2008, where he served in his fourth and final assignment to Turkey until 2010.
President Barack Obama nominated him to serve as Ambassador to Iraq in 2010. Jeffrey oversaw its expansion into the largest Embassy in the world with 16,000 employees and an annual budget of over $6 billion, worked with the U. S. military to ensure a successful transition to a civilian lead. Along with being the U. S. ambassador for Syrian engagement during the Syrian Civil War, he assumed the role of Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on 4 January 2019. In the summer of 2007, Jeffrey was selected to serve on detail to the White House as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser for President George W. Bush, serving as acting National Security Adviser on Bush’s 2007 and 2008 trips to the Pacific nations. Jeffrey has received the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award on two occasions, in 2010 and 2012, as well as the Secretary of State's Career Service Award in 2012, the Distinguished Honor Award in 2005.
Secretary Leon Panetta presented him with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service in 2011, CIA Director David Petraeus awarded Jeffrey the Director's Medal in 2012. He received Boston University's School of Management Award for Distinguished Service in 2006, the American Bar Association's Award for Promoting Rule of Law Worldwide in 2004, his military awards include the Bronze Star. The information of this article comes from the U. S. Department of State website. Profile at the Embassy of the United States, Baghdad Analysis archive at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy Appearances on C-SPAN "James F. Jeffrey collected news and commentary"; the New York Times. James Franklin Jeffrey collected news and commentary at The Washington Times "Statement by Ambassador James F. Jeffrey", Senate Foreign Relations Committee, July 20, 2010
British Empire Films
British Empire Films, or B. E. F. was an Australian distribution company associated with the Greater Union Organisation They distributed films of Cinesound Productions. British Empire Films at IMDB
Bush Christmas (1947 film)
Bush Christmas is a 1947 Australian–British comedy film directed by Ralph Smart and starring Chips Rafferty. It was one of the first movies from Children's Entertainment Films the Children's Film Foundation. In the Australian countryside, five children are best friends, including a set of siblings, an English war evacuee, aboriginal Neza, they boast to three strangers, Long Bill and Blue, about the mare belonging to the father of one of them. The next day the mare has gone. Suspecting the three men of stealing it, the children set off to recover it, they harass them by stealing their food and shoes. They get trapped when the thieves are rescued in time. Chips Rafferty as Long Bill John Fernside as Jim Stan Tolhurst as Blue Helen Grieve as Helen Nick Yardley as Snow Morris Unicomb as John Michael Yardle as Michael Neza Saunders as Neza Pat Penny as father Thelma Grigg as mother Clyde Combo as Old Jack Edmund Allison as policeman Children's Entertainment Films had been set up by Mary Field for the Rank Organisation to make films to be screened to children in cinema clubs throughout England on Saturday mornings.
Bush Christmas was planned as a serial, but it was decided to turn it into a feature. Several cast members from The Overlanders appear, including Chips Rafferty, John Fernside and Helen Grieve. Grieve was the first choice for her role. Michael and Nick Yardley were brothers. Neza Saunders was discovered by Chips Rafferty. Morris Unicomb was a veteran of radio; the film was shot on location in the Blue Mountains and the Burragorang Valley. Post production was completed in Sydney by June 1947. Reviews were positive; the film was popular in Britain and Australia and was seen in 41 countries. Variety said, it was serialised in children's magazines and a novelisation of the script was published. The movie was adapted for radio with a young John Meillon. Ralph Smart announced plans to make further children's films in Australia, including a serial about a family living in the outback, but these did not come to fruition. Helen Grieve retired from acting to study science. Child actor Nick Yardley had his face smashed by a boomerang.
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