Let the games begin. Barring any hitch, the FIFA soccer tournament is certain to start on Thursday. For many South Americans, the games took a long time returning. The continent hosted the World Cup in 1978 and for Brazil in particular, the last game there was as far back as 1950.

Running up to the games itself, Brazil is now engulfed in a myriad of workers strikes and small scale demonstrations over high prices, poor public services and political corruption.