This week, the United Nations released its progress report on the Millennium Development Goals and finds that “more than halfway to the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), major advances in the fight against poverty and hunger have begun to slow or even reverse as a result of the global economic and food crises.”   James Reinl at The National examines the report and finds that the outlook for women to be “particularly dismal” in parts of the Arab world “where women suffer as second-class citizens in politics, eduction and the workplace.