A young man set himself on fire in a small Tunisian village in December 2010 and started a fire across the Middle East. Thousands of people understood his pain of not being able to find a job for two years, as unemployment in the country rose, social conditions deteriorated and the future seemed bleak. Hundreds of thousands came on the streets in protest and in less than a month Tunisian President of 23 years Ben Ali stepped down and a new government was formed.
Stagnant economy, lack of employment and political freedom and the domino effect sparked street protests in Egypt. A million people marched today in the streets of Cairo to demand the resignation of Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled Egypt since 1981 under Emergency Law. They are demanding free elections, a better future for their children and the chance to dream again.
Protests have flared up in Yemen, Jordan and Iran.
Arab world on the brink: an interactive guide
And as usual philosopher Slavoj Zizek fires right into the heart of Western hypocrisy this time with regard to democracy in the Arab world (Why fear the Arab revolutionary spirit?)
The real hard work will begin after the protests are over and it will be a difficult journey with no clear end in sight. But for now, the people have stood up against injustice, demanded a fairer future, found a torch and set the world on fire.