In Tunisia, a revolt, some say spawned by a desperate young man's suicide attempt over staggering unemployment, is growing.
The Tunisian uprising, which succeeded in toppling Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the Tunisian president, has brought down the walls of fear, erected by repression and marginalisation, thus restoring the Arab peoples' faith in their ability to demand social justice and end tyranny.
It is a warning to all leaders, whether supported by international or regional powers, that they are no longer immune to popular outcries of fury.
It is true that Ben Ali's flight from the country is just the beginning of an arduous path towards freedom. It is equally true that the achievements of the Tunisian people could still be contained or confiscated by the country's ruling elite, which is desperately clinging to power.
But the Tunisian intifada has placed the Arab world at a crossroads. If it fully succeeds in bringing real change to Tunis it will push the door wide open to freedom in Arab word. If it suffers a setback we shall witness unprecedented repression by rulers struggling to maintain their absolute grip on power.
Either way, a system that combined a starkly unequal distribution of wealth with the denial of freedoms has collapsed.
Tunisia (of course), doesn't have support from the United States, or any other Western Country for that matter, Islam flavored democratic uprisings don't get help if they aren't squished flat out, but they have the support of someone even more awesome:
Among the fundamental changes the protesters have been demanding is an end to the government's repressive online censorship regime and freedom of expression.
That battle is taking place not just on the country's streets, but in internet forums, blogs, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.
The Tunisian authorities have allegedly carried out targeted "phishing" operations: stealing users passwords to spy on them and eradicate online criticism. Websites on both sides have been hacked.
Anonymous, the loosely-knit group of international web activists that drew world attention for their "distributed denial of service" (DDoS) attacks on the servers of companies that blocked payments and server access to the whistle-blowing website, WikiLeaks, joined the fray, in solidarity with the Tunisian uprising.
Most international news organisations have no presence in the country (and, some say, a lack of interest in the protests). Media posted online by Tunisian web activists has been some of the only material that has slipped through the blackout, even if their videos and photos haven't generated quite the same enthusiastic coverage by Western media as the Iranian protest movement did in 2009.
The attacks against some of the most vocal voices in the Tunisian cyber-community were sharp and swift.
Sofiene Chourabi, a journalist for Al-Tariq al-Jadid magazine and blogger known for his unabashed criticism of the Tunisian authorities, has been unable to recover his email and Facebook accounts after they were hijacked several days ago.
The first attempted hijacking of his Facebook account happened last week.
"Here we don't really have Internet, we have a national intranet"
Azyz Amamy, Tunisian web activist
"My personal account on the Facebook, including around 4200 friends, was exposed to failed hacking attempt last Friday, but I quickly recovered it after an unidentified person had taken control of it," he told Al Jazeera.
Then, on Monday, Chourabi was locked out of his Facebook and Gmail accounts.
Chourabi says he believes the Tunisian Internet Agency is responsible for hijacking his accounts. The agency has blocked access to his Facebook wall since October 2009, and his blogs are also unreachable from within Tunisia.
Several of his friends have contacted Facebook and Google asking for his accounts to be returned, to no avail.
"I think it is high time for Facebook and Google to take serious steps to protect Tunisian activists and journalists," he said in an interview via email, using a new account.
Facebook is working to ensure it can respond to all its users, Stefano Hesse, Facebook's head of communications for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, told Al Jazeera.
"One thing needs to be clear: we, as Facebook, are not censoring any content, and we had not been approached by the local government in order to do anything regarding anyone," Hesse said via email.
Does anyone think that this will go anywhere? How long until someone decides to smash it? Is Obama wrong in not supporting the fledgling democratic movement?
Go Jasmine Revolt, I knew I'd be famous for something one day.