WorldViews: World Cup, Group A: Can Brazil exorcise its demons?

By Ishaan Tharoor, June 12, 2014

For months, Brazilians have endured headlines documenting the debacle that was their country's preparation for the World Cup. Infrastructure collapsed and workers perished. Even now, on the day the tournament begins, some stadiums aren't fully ready. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Brazilians are likely to use the occasion to protest. About 160,000 police officers will be deployed to thwart the demonstrations, making this World Cup one of the most militarized in memory. According to a recent poll, about 61 percent of Brazilians think it was a bad idea to host the storied tournament.

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