Sara Goudarzi is a Brooklyn-based writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times and Scientific American, among others. Her debut novel, “The Almond in the Apricot,” is out now. The views expressed in this commentary are her own. Read more opinion articles on CNN.
(CNN)In the early morning of February 24 in New York, hours after Russia started firing missiles near Kyiv, a tweet from The Economist read “In parts of Ukraine, people woke to the sound of sirens and took to their basements; elsewhere some knelt on the streets to pray.” If Twitter existed nearly four decades ago, the tweet would have just as accurately described 1980s Tehran.
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