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Dave Zirin is full of it. He is a loyal, active citizen of a state that imprisons 2.3 million of its citizens at a time--half of them the descendants of African slaves--and that keeps another 5 million on parole or other forms of restriction or threat. But he attacks Tiger Woods for indirect relationships with "slave labor" in Dubai and Burma.

Dave, the slave labor of Dubai is helping to finance the economic transformation of India, and liberating millions of Indians and Pakistanis from the hardships of grinding poverty that Americans like you have no other solution for. As for Burma, it is a state that has rejected Western values. To you, that is evil. To many Burmese, it is authenticity: the alternative would be a puppet regime run by a Western-educated Burmese woman from a traditional ruling family who is advised by foreigners.