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David Shams holds a BA in Political Science from Murray State University and an MA in Diplomacy from the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. He is currently a freelance journalist and comments frequently on soccer, the Iranian-American community, and events in the Middle East. He tweets @davidshamsky.

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Suarez Nullifies Amazing Season with Liverpool in One Bite

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 5:18 PM

Zinedine Zidane had head-butting and stamping on opponents.

Diego Maradona had his drug addiction -- cocaine, primarily.

And now Luis Suarez has his inclination to biting opponents.

Regardless of your feelings about his playing style, Suarez will be remembered not for the...

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Spanish Reign Ends, Tiki-Taka Fails

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 5:26 PM

"Does this mean tiki-taka is over?" Ian Darke asked Steve McManaman in the waning minutes of Spain's defeat to Chile Wednesday afternoon.

"It's still a great way to play the game. Teams have just found the way to beat it," McManaman, who was covering the game with Darke for...

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Six Steps to a Successful World Cup

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 12:12 PM

When the final whistle blew after 120 minutes of yet another thrilling Champions League Final, the football world could finally give 100 percent of their attention to the upcoming World Cup in Brazil. The first kick is less than two weeks away and like World Cups in the past, it's...

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An Iranian-American 'Pioneer' Celebrates 50 years in America

(9) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 11:27 AM

On Feb. 7, Beatles lovers will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band's arrival in America. While I like the Beatles, my siblings and I will be celebrating a different 50th anniversary: The arrival of our father in the United States.

Mohammad Shams was born and raised in Tehran....

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With Iran, Diplomacy Will Be a Marathon, Not a Sprint

(4) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 9:45 AM

It is often the case that the most intriguing conversations do not take place in an office or at a conference, rather they take place at bars or in living rooms where people are most comfortable to speak their minds. It was just this type of conversation, and the recent...

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Is Rand Paul Going Neocon on Iran?

(13) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 10:16 AM

Two years ago, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), after giving a foreign policy speech at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Service, said, "Iran has a large undercurrent of people who like the West. They like our music, our culture, our literature, and so I think we can...

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