The concept of 'patriotic blackness' is crucial to any understanding of Africa's stance towards Robert Mugabe's regime.
Zimbabwe’s crisis has polarized opinion and divided the global community along the fault-lines of race, class and economics. The forthcoming European Union (EU) – African Union (AU) summit in Lisbon in December 2007 is a case in point. In July, the Portuguese government, under pressure from a potential AU boycott, indicated their willingness to invite Robert Mugabe. This perceived acquiescence has infuriated the British government and created the possibility of an intra-EU
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