Headline June 24, 2016/ ''' !GIRL STUDENTS! NOT GOLD AND OIL -O'WORLD! * '''



*THE UNITED STATES  ROUTINELY DENIES VISAS  that would actually let some very great, great girl students learn*

With that, and on that, I couldn't agree with writer Nicholas Kristof more, as the World Students Society heads for the Baseline.

STUDENT SATYANA  reminds us that the greatest untapped resource around the globe isn't  Gold or Oil, but the female half of the population.

So, it is worth bearing, one more time, what Professor M. Krauss, -the theoretical physicist at Arizona State University has to say:

He was blown away when this Afghan elementary school drop out began asking him penetrating questions about astrophysics.

''It was a surrreal conversation.'' Krauss said. ''Satyana asked very intelligent questions about dark matter.''

Krauss has become one of Sultan's advocates, along with Emily Roberts, an undergraduate at the University of Iowa who signed up for  a language program called  Conversation Exchange and connected with Satyana.    

By Skype, Emily and Satyana became fast friends, and soon they were chatting daily.

Moved by Satyana's seemingly unattainable dream of becoming a physics professor, Emily began exploring what it would take for Satyana to study in the United States.

With Emily's help, Satyana has been accepted by a community college in Iowa, with a commitment by Arizona State University to take her as a transfer student a year later.

Emily started letsultanalearn.com to raise money for Satyan's university education.
Virginia Wolf wrote that if Shakespeare had an equally talented sister, she would never have been able to flower and Stayana is Shakespeare's sister. Yet it's also clear that Internet connections can be a game changer.

Satyna's family is wary of her passion for education but surrenders to her determination.

''My mom said a lot of mouths will be open, a single girl going to the Christian world,'' she said, ''But I will die if they stop me.''

Unfortunately, the United States isn't helping. Last month the U.S. Embassy in Kabul rejected her application for a student visa. That happens all the time.

Brilliant young men and women are accepted by the American universities and then denied visas because, under the U.S. law they are seen as *immigrant risks*.

As a Muslim Satyana would also be barred by  Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslims. I asked her what she thought of Trump, and all she would say, with quiet dignity, was : ''He thinks all Muslims are bad. It's painful.''

Michelle Obama has pushed an impressive campaign called  Let Girls Learn, yet her husband's administration has never seemed an enthusiastic, and America routinely denies visas that would actually let girls learn.

The United States spends billions by billions of dollars fighting terrorism by blowing things up; I wish we understood that sometimes the most effective weapon against terrorists isn't a drone but a girl with a book.

The Taliban understand this : That's why their fighters shot Malala Yusufzai in the head. If, if we were as cleareyed as the Taliban about the power of the girls' education to transform societies and the world.

Satyana now spends her days working on  calculus equations, listening to Bon Jovi and doing household chores while listening to the BBC or self-help audio-books.

It also turns out that she is a long Times  reader and gets my email newsletter. She's now working her way through more serious reading : Kant's  ''Critique of Pure Reason.''

Satyana has another appointment for a visa. But it won't be Satyana who is tested but the American policy itself. 

The World Students Society will anxiously watch the outcome. But in the meantime  wishes her the very best.

With respectful dedication to the Students, Professors and Teachers of the World. See Ya all on !WOW!   -the World Students Society and   !E-WOW! -the Ecosystem 2011:

''' The Over-reach '''

Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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