Neymar on the field in 2014

Germany’s 7-1 victory over host country Brazil in the World Cup semi-finals this week followed the injury of Brazilian soccer star Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, whose collision with Colombian player Juan Camilo Zúñiga during the quarter-final game last Friday led to a hail of racist epithets aimed at Zúñiga. Ready to go beyond the headlines? 5 primary sources worth reading next.

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It’s safe to say that economic inequality bothers us. But why? Harvard philosopher T. M. Scanlon offers four reasons we should tackle — and fix — the problem.

We asked an international group of 12 artists, designers, photographers and activists to provide one image that encapsulates what inequality means to them — and to explain their selection. The results are stunning and thought-provoking. Warning: some of them might make you cry.

Inequality newspaper

Jimmy Guterman takes society’s temperature and digs into the reasons we’re all talking about inequality.

Congressman Jim McGovern makes an impassioned plea for lawmakers from both sides of the political divide to end hunger in America. It’s totally do-able, he says.

The economist Sir Paul Collier has spent his career thinking about how to solve global poverty. So how are we doing? Well, not as badly as you might think. He describes the current state of the world and shares thoughts on where we might usefully focus next.