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US to Double Visas for Saudi Students
Arab News ^ | 10 April 08 | Abdul Aziz Abdul Wahed

Posted on 04/09/2008 6:36:35 PM PDT by LSUfan

US Ambassador Ford Fraker said in Sakaka that his country aims to double the number of student visas issued to Saudis.

“Currently there are 15,000 Saudi students in the US,” he said during an event on Sunday with local business leaders to an audience at the Al-Jouf Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “We aim to increase their numbers to 30,000 over the next five years.”

Fraker said Saudi Arabia should bolster its English-language programs because it is generally required for Saudis seeking to pursue higher studies in the US.

Fraker also stressed the need for popularizing English teaching programs because it would overcome the language barriers for Saudi students seeking to study in the US easier.

In order to facilitate increased mutual visits, Fraker said he is working to simplify the issue of visas to Saudi businessmen.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aliens; foreignstudents; fraker; gwot; immigration; muslimstudents; saudi; saudiarabia; saudis; studentvisas; terrorism; visas; wot
GOOD GRIEF
1 posted on 04/09/2008 6:36:36 PM PDT by LSUfan
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To: LSUfan

I know let’s send them all to flight school! It would be great public relations.


2 posted on 04/09/2008 6:38:35 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: LSUfan

I don’t want to hear any more about the “War on Terror” - it’s a complete joke.


3 posted on 04/09/2008 6:39:45 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Wise men don't need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: LSUfan

the insanity of political incest continues.


4 posted on 04/09/2008 6:40:44 PM PDT by xcamel (Forget the past and you're doomed to repeat it.)
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To: LSUfan

Your Persian Gulf sovereign wealth funds at work.


5 posted on 04/09/2008 6:41:48 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: LSUfan

???????????????????????????????????????????????????


6 posted on 04/09/2008 6:42:07 PM PDT by KoRn (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: xcamel

Your tagline is very applicable here.....


7 posted on 04/09/2008 6:43:20 PM PDT by KoRn (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: KoRn
???????????????????????????????????????????????????

30,000 Saudi pilots.

8 posted on 04/09/2008 6:44:45 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: DannyTN

As long as they only learn how to fly after take-off. Oh.. and landings don’t really matter either.


9 posted on 04/09/2008 6:45:34 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: LSUfan

When the Saudi’s allow CHRISTIAN Churches....then, and ONLY then, should we allow their students to study here....this is crazy!


10 posted on 04/09/2008 6:45:39 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character; Being Coddled Destroys Character)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

A-and-men.


11 posted on 04/09/2008 6:47:29 PM PDT by Southerngl
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To: LSUfan

12 posted on 04/09/2008 6:49:29 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: LSUfan

double visas only after they double oil shipments to the US.


13 posted on 04/09/2008 6:51:07 PM PDT by elpadre
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To: Mr. Jeeves

“I don’t want to hear any more about the “War on Terror” - it’s a complete joke”

Right you are. No consistency at all. Selective efforts.


14 posted on 04/09/2008 6:53:31 PM PDT by unkus
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To: unkus

we’re hanging ourselves....


15 posted on 04/09/2008 6:54:41 PM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: Blue Turtle

Slow,but sure suicide.


16 posted on 04/09/2008 6:55:55 PM PDT by unkus
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To: LSUfan

Madness.


17 posted on 04/09/2008 6:57:00 PM PDT by Spruce
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To: LSUfan
GOOD GRIEF

That, friend is an understatement.

The Kingdom of Camel Jockeys and Sheep Fornicators, (YES, Saudi Arabia, less anyone misunderstand my not so politically correct accusation) are the BIGGEST terror supporters and enablers in the WORLD.

I would gladly pay an extra dollar a gallon of gas (though I'm retired and not exactly in a great financial position) if we would tell them to go and "eat" their oil.

Why we pander to those corrupt, sand monkeys and protect them (and their oil) while they continue to do everything in their power to harm us, including refusing W's (while he was on his knees wearing his best pads) imploring to open their spigots a little, is beyond me.

If between the Sauds and Iran, it would be a toss up as to which is more dangerous to world peace and stability.

18 posted on 04/09/2008 7:04:10 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: LSUfan

Let’s launch a few more wars, pass a few more citizen surveilance acts, add a few more lines of patdowns for Grandma at the airport, and run some more government sponsored TV commercials telling you to spy on your neighbor. Because, after all, suggesting we close our borders or not issue VISAs to Arab nationals just means you are a racist with a pre-9/11 mindset who hates Jews and Mexicans and Oompa Loompas. If you are a Republican, please tune to Fox News and watch 18 hours of terror hype for your fear-based conditioning. If you happen to be a Democrat, please tune into CNN or MSNBC and watch 18 hours of global warming and economic hype for your fear-based conditioning. Remember, you are free to do as we tell you! </s>


19 posted on 04/09/2008 7:05:42 PM PDT by Rob112586 ("...a decrease in the quantity of legislation generally means an increase in the quality of life.")
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To: LSUfan
Fraker said he is working to simplify the issue of visas to Saudi businessmen.

This is sick...

20 posted on 04/09/2008 7:06:13 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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Ford Fraker, Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

21 posted on 04/09/2008 7:09:47 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: LSUfan

Our Government has suicidal tendencies.They need a shrink in D.C. Now.


22 posted on 04/09/2008 7:11:12 PM PDT by puppypusher (The world is going to the dogs.)
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To: LSUfan

About six to nine months ago it was stated that the U.S. was going to increase student visas to 70,000 for Saudi students.

I have quoted that figure extensively. Now they’re addressing 30,000. What the hell?

Do we ever get the straight scoop on anything?


23 posted on 04/09/2008 7:12:40 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is rock solid on SCOTUS judicial appointments. He voted for Ginsberg, Kennedy and Souter.)
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To: LSUfan
From the State Department Website:

Ford M. Fraker was sworn in on April 11, 2007 as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. At the time of his nomination by President George W. Bush, Ambassador Fraker was serving as Chairman of the Trinity Group Limited, a private investment banking firm in the United Kingdom and as consultant for Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation in Boston, MA.

24 posted on 04/09/2008 7:24:02 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: LSUfan

WTF


25 posted on 04/09/2008 7:35:28 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: LucyT

Here we go again Ping


26 posted on 04/09/2008 7:38:02 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: LSUfan

And where were the 19 hijackers from?


27 posted on 04/09/2008 7:42:58 PM PDT by rdl6989
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To: LSUfan

As George W. Bush has stated, “There exists an eternal friendship between the United States and Saudi Arabia.”


28 posted on 04/09/2008 7:48:35 PM PDT by trumandogz ("He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and it worries me." Sen Cochran on McCain)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

“I don’t want to hear any more about the “War on Terror” - it’s a complete joke.”

Now, you know the surge in Iraq has solved all problems. No need worry about the Saudis, and no need to worry about our still wide open borders.


29 posted on 04/09/2008 7:52:45 PM PDT by Will88
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To: LSUfan

We are absolutely bending over backward for our oil buddies. Why even have visas at all? Let’s just let all the Wahhabis come on in. Hell, let’s have a big halal meal and a deluxe Bible-free, booze-filled room waiting for them, no charge. I want them to have a great vacation in Infidel land.


30 posted on 04/09/2008 7:54:40 PM PDT by Sender (Stop Islamisation. Defend our freedom.)
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To: LSUfan

Still haven’t secured our borders, and now we are going to double the number of students from the Terrorist-supporting country of Saudi Arabia.

Someone please wake me up when we decide to actually fight a war on Terror...


31 posted on 04/09/2008 8:02:26 PM PDT by TheBattman (LORD God, please give us a Christian Patriot with a backbone for President in 08, Amen.)
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To: Oorang

Thank you, Oorang. Last time I was in the grocery store there were four Saudi students shopping; they appeared to be very angry young men.


32 posted on 04/09/2008 8:04:29 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: LSUfan

Not until Saudi doubles the amount of oil it’s pumping.


33 posted on 04/09/2008 8:15:26 PM PDT by JPJones (Cry havoc and let loose the Freepers!)
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To: LSUfan

No more Arabs. In fact, we need to get rid of the ones we have.


34 posted on 04/09/2008 8:34:56 PM PDT by TFMcGuire (Either you are an American, or you are a liberal)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
I don’t want to hear any more about the “War on Terror” - it’s a complete joke.

I'm just about there.

35 posted on 04/09/2008 8:36:13 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: LSUfan

Has anyone stopped to think about the anti-american garbage they are feed on these campuses. Between their religion and the leftist america-hate spewing professors, is it any wonder????


36 posted on 04/09/2008 8:48:52 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: LSUfan
I thought they broke up.


37 posted on 04/09/2008 8:53:12 PM PDT by OeOeO (maybe I didn't come over on the Mayflower, but I got here as soon as I could" Anton Cermak)
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To: OeOeO

30,000 Saudi students?

How do I invest in college foot baths?


38 posted on 04/09/2008 9:21:57 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: LSUfan
Bush swallows.

Again.

(Move over Monica...)

NO cheers, unfortunately.

39 posted on 04/09/2008 9:40:40 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Will88
>“I don’t want to hear any more about the “War on Terror” - it’s a complete joke.”

Now, you know the surge in Iraq has solved all problems. No need worry about the Saudis, and no need to worry about our still wide open borders.

Gosh, I know those Al-Qaeda types might pilot jetliners into office towers, blow up skyscrapers with demolitions, use anthrax and chemical weapons against our civilian population but they'd never stoop so low as to violate our immigration laws...

40 posted on 04/09/2008 10:52:37 PM PDT by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: LSUfan

Who ever is in charge of letting the f#$king Saudis in should be stoned in the village square.
The Saudis are not our friends. The Saudis are the ones financing mooselimb terrorism. Screw Saudi arabia and saudis.


41 posted on 04/10/2008 3:55:09 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: elpadre

“double visas only after they double oil shipments to the US.”

No kidding. At some point we have to expect something back for our generosity!


42 posted on 04/10/2008 8:40:30 AM PDT by AuntB ('If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." T. Paine)
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To: LSUfan
What makes me mad is that we (the Western nations) hold ALL THE CARDS in the so called WOT.

Immediately deny all Western student visas, admission to schools, etc., to all arab nations.

WOT over that day.

THAT HOUR.

I am so sick of our goobermint.

They are beyond worthless.

43 posted on 04/10/2008 11:45:29 AM PDT by caddie
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To: LSUfan

I just wish that the Bush Administration would stop grabbing their ankles for the Saudis long enough to talk them into lowering the price of their oil by a buck or two. If you are going to prostitute yourself to the Arabs you my as well get paid for it.


44 posted on 04/10/2008 12:46:49 PM PDT by Desron13 (If you constantly vote between the lesser of two evils then evil is your ultimate destination.)
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To: Shermy

They can help us in the finer point of Sharia.

After all, even though cigarette smoking in public was made legal in Saud in the 1960’s, we have banned it here.

I hope they feel at home. They prolly will, what with all our alcohol restrictions and speech constraints, apart from religious speech of course.

Inshallah.

Gotta hand it to the Saudis, they have us over a barrel bent over so far backwards that we can forgive them the deaths of those killed on 11/9.

Nice to have friends in high places.

No wonder we’ve coined a war on a tactic, LOL!


45 posted on 04/10/2008 12:52:34 PM PDT by swarthyguy (Osama Freedom Day: 2500 or so since September 11 2001!)
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To: LSUfan
This is why the founding fathers gave us the 2nd amendment. Unfortunately we don't have the stones to use it.
46 posted on 04/10/2008 12:58:17 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Democrats= Phony Americans)
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To: LSUfan
We deserve whatever these 'extra' visas for students and/or businessmen bring us.

Our government has to be STOOOOOOOPEEEED!

Not just dumb but rock-hard stupid. Dehydrated-rock-hard stupid. Stupid, so stupid it goes way beyond the stupid we know into a whole different dimension of stupid.
Stupid gotten so dense that no intellect can escape.

.I'm sorry. I can't go on. This is an epiphany of stupid for me.

47 posted on 04/10/2008 1:05:06 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: LSUfan

Let’s see, 15 out of 19 terrorists on 9/11 were Saudi.

At least half of all outside suicide terrorists coming into Iraq are coming from Saudi Arabia.

And the jokers that rule us want us to believe that there is any reliable way to ensure that out of 30,000 Saudi ‘students’ there won’t be a significant number of future terrorists????

We should not be allowing ANY students from any of the jihad-loving cultures to come here, no matter what the reason.


48 posted on 04/10/2008 5:18:18 PM PDT by Enchante (Hillary: I brought peace to Northern Ireland, I dodged sniper bullets in Bosnia....... HUH???)
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To: LSUfan

UNbelievable. We do not take in any Christian refugees from Iraq where they are being butchered but we reward sworn enemies like the Saudis—to come here and exploit our freedoms....this after they went to war with us in 1973.


49 posted on 04/12/2008 2:19:29 PM PDT by eleni121 (EN TOUTO NIKA!! +)
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