A recent survey done in over 7 MENA region countries shows that Arabs want democracy but think it'll take time and less religious influence; a push to drive out Assad by the year's end; and Israel prevents some Palestinians from taking the SATs.
The survey's findings on religion broadly accord with the Pew survey that support for Islamist views of politics is receding rather than surging.
They show that Arabs continue to strongly support democracy as the best form of government, even as understandings of democracy continue to evolve, while Islamism at the time of the survey seemed to be receding rather than advancing with broad Arab publics.
As countless students around the world took the SAT a week ago, Palestinians from the West Bank could not join their ranks.
The October SAT exam was cancelled for students in the West Bank: The Israeli authorities held the exams sent by the College Board for weeks, not releasing the tests to AMIDEAST’s office in Ramallah.