Wired has mention of a new site that hopes to encourage a grassroots "citizen diplomacy
" movement by combining English/Arabic translation software with a Facebook-style meeting place. "Meedan, which officially launches Monday, lets users post stories and comments in English and have them automatically translated into Arabic, or the opposite. People who don’t share a common language can have an online discussion in near real time. The name, appropriately, means 'gathering place' or 'town hall'; in Arabic.
Think of it as a social network filled with people you don't know, but want to understand."