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Iran: Regime Gives “Wet Gunpowder Award” to EU’s Ashton

Iran: Regime Gives “Wet Gunpowder Award” to EU’s Ashton
March 18
09:56 2014

As talks on a comprehensive nuclear agreement reopen in Vienna, the Iranian regime has given the European Union’s Catherine Ashton — the lead negotiator for the 5+1 Powers — the “Wet Gunpowder Award”.

The eye-catching news comes from Fars News, the outlet of the Revolutionary Guards, as it reports on a ceremony addressed by Basij militia head Mohammad Reza Naqdi.

The organizers of the “festival” said, “The Wet Gunpowder prize is awarded to ridiculous people whose chaffy character is evident to everyone, and when this nature of theirs is accompanied with self-belief turns into an indefinite foolishness for them.”

The award was also bestowed on Tarja Cronberg, the head of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iran. US First Lady Michelle Obama was last year’s recipient.

The presentation follows a week of denunciation of Ashton by Iranian hardliners for her meeting in Tehran with women’s rights activists. The EU diplomat was even featured on a billboard with former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, the nemesis of Tehran in a war from 1980 to 1988.

Naqdi accompanied the presentation of the award with the announcement that Iran will soon host an exhibition on the violations of human rights by European governments, including “massacre of the black people and inhumane behavior towards nations”

Naqdi blamed the Europeans for World War I and declared, “Whenever there is a slaughter, the footprint of the European governments, including Britain, can be readily seen.”

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Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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