My friend Sean over at The Human Province sent me an email this morning speculating about whether there was anything to the rumor about the excellent Lebanese daily newspaper al-Akhbar launching an English version. The paper, while following a mostly pro-opposition line, is the only widely-read publication that regularly goes after parties on both sides of the political divide.
It is also, as As`ad Abu-Khalil has noted, one of the only papers in the Middle East that has openly supported gay rights.
Sean pointed out that the tag /ar/ has begun to appear in all of al-Akhbar’s URL’s, so he tried navigating over to http://www.al-akhbar.com/en/ only to find that the site is “Under Construction”.
Update: While we’re on the subject of the media, I just read this interesting piece about the reported firing of 50 editors and employees at an-Nahar, a venerable Lebanese newspaper.