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FORTUNE — As Ukraine’s political strife continue making headlines this week, and as armed men on Friday occupy the country’s pro-Russia region of Crimea, it’s easy to get lost in the news.

Over the last three years, as uprisings and demonstrations have erupted around the world, journalists, pundits, and other analysts have wrongly drawn parallels between these events. When protests broke out in Istanbul last spring, some news outlets wondered whether Taksim Square was Turkey’s “Tahrir Square” — a reference to the now iconic traffic roundabout in central Cairo where Egyptian demonstrations brought an end to then president Hosni Mubarak’s rule in early 2011… (Fortune)