Good news. Unwinking Gaze has been nominated at the Foreign Press Association Awards for best documentary 2008. It has a one in three chance. Prince of Wales will be in attendance at one of the UK’s big media shindigs and I for one will be interested to see what he thinks knowing his affinity for the Buddhist leader. Their situations are remarkably similar, although culturally worlds apart. 

It will also be interesting to see how UWG fares in front of UK commissioning editors who have so far, unlike the rest of the world, resisted showing UWG on UK television…Here’s hoping!

http://www.foreign-press.org.uk/showarticle.pl?id=293;n=14

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Dalai Lama gives up?

November 4, 2008

The BBC has widely reported that the Dalai Lama has given up on the dialogue with China.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7693052.stm

But on closer inspection, it looks more like the game of cat and mouse is back on. After reports of the death of the ongoing discussions between the two sides, it looks once again as though the dialogue is back on. The question is whether the Chinese will be feeling confident enough to make the larger commitment to something more than just discussions. Undoubtedly there will need to be substantial concessions on both sides for an ultimate resolution, but China knows that when the door is open, and the decision for meaningful dialogue is on, that change is going to happen. The big question for them is what will that change mean.

See phayul for more on this.

http://phayul.com/news/article.aspx?id=23080&article=Dalai+Lama+says+he+is+losing+faith+in+talks+with+China