BBC coverage of the Bam Earthquake:
"Iran has turned down the US offer of a high-level humanitarian delegation to deliver earthquake relief."
Prince Charles has arrived in the Iranian city of Bam, which was devastated by an earthquake last year.
The trip marks the first visit to Iran by a British royal since the Queen Mother visited in 1975.
The UN has told international donors that the long-term rebuilding of the Iranian quake-hit city of Bam could cost up to $1 billion (£543 million).
The estimates, released in a UN report, were given to representatives from nearly 50 countries in Geneva.
The UN and the Red Cross had earlier appealed for $73m to help the quake victims over the next three months.
Iran earthquake: How to help
Survivors are in desperate need of food and shelter
Global aid agencies have launched urgent appeals for donations to help those affected by the earthquake in Bam, Iran.
Tens of thousands of people are desperately in need of food, water and shelter following the devastating quake, the worst in the region for more than
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has launched an appeal for $42m to help an estimated 210,000 people through the
Online donations can be made via their website at www.ifrc.org. Iranian residents can contact their domestic Red Crescent branch through www.rcs.ir,
while UK residents can donate via www.redcross.org.uk and US residents via www.redcross.org.
Helping the people of Bam
New aid appeal for quake-hit Bam
Earthquake donations top £200,000
More than £200,000 has been received by the Iranian embassy in London to help earthquake victims.
Papers probe US 'earthquake diplomacy'
"Some people have been excited about establishing relations with America.Witnessing such unrealistic reactions breaks the heart of a proud person who
knows something about the tricks of the great Satan. Even if officials are in favour of establishing relations with America, they should not speak
with such enthusiasm."
Jomhuri-ye Eslami (hardline)
"The walls of mistrust between the two governments are as formidable as ever. The current steps do not appear to be sufficient to pave the way for
political dialogue. Time will tell whether the White House is serious in wanting a new beginning with Tehran."
Starting from scratch in Bam
By Clare Murphy
BBC News Online
The US offers help, and the media devote column after column to analysing the significance of Iran's acceptance of Western aid to cope with the
devastation wrought by the earthquake.
I could go on and post literally hundreds more pages. Just from the BBC.
Notice that last link as well? "The media devote column after column to analysing...Western Aid"?
Oops. It seems to me that you might have slept the couple of months that the Bam story broke. It certainly wasn't a story which escaped the media's
attention. In fact, due to political implications there was probably far more media analysis than there has been so far in Asia. And that's even
without the fact that Western tourists were involved and the media was able to respond far quicker than it could in Iran.
I would suggest that you are posting a personal opinion that is based on your own ignorance of the subject.
Just because you
didn't see or can't remember the media coverage of Bam doesn't mean that it didn't exist or was any less plentiful than
that regarding the Asian tsunami.