Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
November 13th, 2011
05:10 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Here are some of the stories that CNN plans to follow this week:

Afghan tribal elders to discuss relationship with U.S.; Taliban threatens

Afghan tribal leaders are set to gather this week for a vital meeting to discuss Afghanistan's long-term relationship with the United States and possible peace talks with the insurgency.

The Taliban, however, have threatened to disrupt the days-long event, called the loya jirga, which is scheduled to start on Wednesday.

The meeting is considered by many an important step in obtaining Afghan consent to a reduced but long-term U.S. military presence in Afghanistan and any possible peace deal with elements of the insurgency. Hundreds of community leaders have been invited from across the country. Their conclusions will likely influence Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Italy poised to install new prime minister as it aims to restore economic confidence

A week after Greece's prime minister stepped down as the country tried to shore up its debts and prevent wider economic worry in Europe, a country with a larger economy is undergoing a leadership change and budget concerns of its own.

Economist Mario Monti was nominated Sunday to replace Silvio Berlusconi as Italy's prime minister. He will need approval by the Italian Parliament, which will consider Monti this week.

Berlusconi, the second prime minister to resign in Europe this month over the continent's debt crisis, stepped down on condition that Parliament pass austerity measures that Europe demanded to restore confidence in Italy. Those measures include pension reform, with plans to raise the retirement age from 65 to 67; the privatization of state-owned companies and sale of state-owned properties; the liberalization of certain professions; and investment in infrastructure.

Italy is the third-largest economy using the euro, and a meltdown would have a massive impact on global markets. The country possesses a gross debt of roughly €1.9 trillion ($2.6 trillion) and a debt-to-GDP ratio of 120%.

Obama on nine-day Asia-Pacific trip

U.S. President Barack Obama is on a nine-day trip through the Asia-Pacific region that will include stops in Australia and Indonesia and meetings with business and world leaders.

On Sunday, he was wrapping up the  Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Hawaii, where he said leaders of nine nations the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam, Chile and Peru  have agreed on the "broad outlines" of a trans-Pacific free trade agreement. He also began a push for renewed engagement with Asia, seeking to highlight how  increased exports to the region would create U.S. jobs, and met with the leaders of China and Russia.

After a break Monday for a political fundraiser, Obama is scheduled to depart Tuesday for Australia, where he is to meet with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Later in the week, he'll go to the East Asia Summit in Bali, Indonesia, where he will stress the U.S. role in the Asia-Pacific region and seek to reassure U.S. allies of the nation's continued commitment to the region, according to Ben Rhodes, deputy U.S. national security adviser.

Giffords' book to be released Tuesday

A U.S. congresswoman who survived being shot in the head at a political event in January is about to release a memoir with her husband.

"Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope," which is set for release Tuesday, chronicles the relationship between Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly. It tells of her political career, his rise from combat pilot to space shuttle commander and the shooting in Tucson that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Giffords.

After months of rehabilitation, Giffords returned to the House floor for a vote in August and received a standing ovation. Kelly retired from the U.S. Navy in October, saying he wanted to devote more time to helping Giffords recover from her injuries.

A man charged in the shooting, Jared Loughner, is in mental health treatment and will be re-evaluated early next year to determine his competency to stand trial.

'Sweat lodge' guru could be sentenced Friday

After several delays, sentencing for James Arthur Ray, a self-help expert who was convicted of negligent homicide in the deaths of three participants of a 2009 sweat lodge ritual, is scheduled for Friday in Arizona.

Three people died and at least 15 others fell ill in October 2009 during a "Spiritual Warrior" retreat, a ceremony modeled after Native American purification rituals, that Ray held at a resort near Sedona. Prosecutors argued that the lodge, which was made of willow trees and branches and covered with tarpaulins and blankets, was heated to a perilously high temperature and that Ray was indifferent to those clearly having trouble.

Ray's lawyers countered that what happened was an accident, not a crime.

Monday Profile: 'Addict whisperer' gives celebrity junkies hope 

Bob Forrest knows about addiction and consequences - he was one of the worst junkies in Hollywood. Now, he helps celebrities stay sober and has been Dr. Drew Pinsky's sidekick on "Celebrity Rehab."

CNN.com is kicking off a weekly feature called the Monday Profile, an in-depth look at people behind topics that have made headlines. This week's profile of Forrest, by Ann O'Neill, will hit CNN.com's homepage on Monday, but you can get a sneak peek at the story here.

Norway terror suspect to make public appearance in court

A man accused of killing 77 people in bombing and shooting attacks in Norway is scheduled this week to appear in his first court session that will be open to the public.

Anders Behring Breivik is expected to be at a Monday hearing designed to help a judge decide whether to keep him in jail until his trial in the spring. The hearing will be a chance for victims’ relatives to see Breivik in person.

Breivik is charged in the July 22 attacks that killed eight people in a bombing in Oslo and 69 people in shootings on nearby Utoya island. The people on the island were at a Labour Party youth camp; most of the 700 campers ranged in age from 16 to 22.

Breivik, who purportedly wrote a 1,500-page manifesto critical of Muslim immigration and European liberalism, has pleaded not guilty.

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  1. Will Marshall

    @et. Get some psychiatric help. The True God wants you to take your delusional ass to the nearest psychiatric emergency room and check in for an extended stay... that way the healthy adults can talk about relevant news. Go Bears. BUT... Saints I bow before you. You ROCK.

    November 13, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blazer Fazer

      Wow – is the MMA rigged or what? Dana white = king of damage control by trying to blame, ...wait for it,... the fans ! Huh? Good move....

      November 13, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Will Marshall

    I would pay to see women put your delusional behind in the middle of the circle. Go away. Asia Trade Agreement yet another NAFTA... American workers pooched again.

    November 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. What a bunch of losers

    CNN did put OWS on their site and it looked to me like the report was slanted to say what a great job the government did in suppressing the lost rights of Americans to dissent. Frankly, I suspect this movement will be different than all the other dissidents since Vietnam. Many, who have jobs and have money to get what they want and pay their bills, will not understand where I think this may be going.

    I don't believe you have to be a prophet to speculate a potential armed resistance can come out of this; I think it may be possible that after years of atrocities on both sides (mostly on the government side if history is any guide) the power elitist and government will be eliminated like Kaddafi was, but I'm just spit balling...

    November 13, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave Richman

      You have mistaken these cry babies for real Americans. These are people who think that Uncle Sam owes them a solution to their problems. Its just ain't so, never has been, never will be. You are what you make of yourself.

      November 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    What is the percentage of USA citizens actively participating in the OWS demonstrations?
    I'm sure that the protesters are not 99% of our population, although the use of the 1% figure as the "target" cleverly implies that 99% of our citizens are against our government.

    November 13, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hayley

      No that's not what it implies. Multiple accurate statistics have shown that 1% of this country control half of the wealth. People from the 99 percentile oppose that, and feel that those people who have control of all that money hoard it in a way which ruins the economy. They don't allow for trickle down, they aren't using it to make jobs because look at how many jobs we have, and all that.

      November 14, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. crazy media

    Im the first one to wish Giffords the best moving forward ,,,but jez enough already,,,,and now she has a book about the shooting. What about the other victims? Absolutely nothing about them.

    November 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Great

      Her husband has a book about her. He can't stand her stealing his limelight. Her reading the final, 1-page chapter serves no purpose other than to display her condition to the world. She speaks in single words and phrases.

      November 13, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    To think that 99% of the population is out there protesting is unrealistic, and totally detracts from what the issues really are.
    The protesters represent the "99"%, just as our elected representatives represent many.
    Clouding this is a little disingenuous.
    The OWS has *never* been about being anti-government; it's *always* been about the *way* our government does some things.
    It is also not about wanting a hand-out, and if that's what some people want to believe, so be it.
    These very same people won't mind doing without any of the benefits that OWS gains, then.
    After all, wouldn't that be taking advantage of a "hand-out"?

    November 13, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

      I'm still waiting for this OWS audit of the U.S. Treasury. Last I seen OWS, was on TV getting busted for violence.

      November 13, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hayley

      @ Jeff Frank – did you ever stop to think that about 10 or so CEO's control all the media in this country? Viacom, Time-Warner (who controls CNN), News Corporation, General Electric, Westinghouse, Disney, and one or two more that aren't coming to mind right now all own every media in this country. That's a lot of power amongst a small group with specific interests isn't it? Wouldn't you say a whole hell of the one percent own the media? Own CNN, BBC, CBS, ABC?

      November 14, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. 1% of America

    @ crazy media

    The other victims are 'Not one of THEM', therefore insignificant. The others should be respected and mentioned in the same breath as Mrs. Giffords; yet they fail to do so continueiously.

    November 13, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bee

      Gabby Giffords is not "Mrs." Giffords. Her husband's name is Mark Kelly; therefore, if she were going to take his name, she would be Mrs. Kelly. The other victims were all good and innocent people, especially the little girl, but they were not elected members of Congress, as is Congresswoman Giffords. Good and innocent people get shot every day, but that does not happen to members of Congress, not in this century - until now. She had the potential to go far, maybe even to the Presidency, but none of that is possible now. Who can say what the little girl might have become? The Loughner parents are, in part, to blame for not getting him the help they were told he needed. The gun culture has 99% of the blame to live with.

      November 13, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. joe702

    Wow Cnn, you really seem to dumb down your content every week. I hate the right wing bias of fox, so I guess I'll check out nbc. I know they have a left bias, but they give much more content on a story than you do. Whoever runs your video clips should be fired. You can't watch a video clip now without watching two adds. Not one but two every time now. I am deleting you from my bookmarks, you can keep the dumb-downed version of your news. I will tell others to do the same.

    November 13, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derek

      Alas joe702, perhaps you should stop depending on any LSM outlets and do your own news research. They are OWNED by the 1 percent, after all... just a thought.

      November 13, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Manny

    Snarky comments from people looking down their nose at OWS. Gee, what a shock. Be great when OWS accomplishes some of their goals and the snarky ones are the first in line with their hand out and no thank you's for their hard work...typical of GOP two-faced ideals...

    November 13, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. infonomics

    Here's an article that CNN omitted from their "Ahead of the curve". Monday will be boring.

    November 13, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Spidermonkey

    Its a terrible thing se see war first hand! I lived south of guatamala for sometime and to see innocent people die is horrific. But in most cases of political unrest it just cant be avoided. I was never in the military, but it was close ill leave it at that. But to fight to save lifes, makes all the difference in the world. Think of the future generations that will think all of those involved. So to take a few lifes of the evil, pays off for all of those children. Remember pablo escobar? And all those villagers he murdered? Than you may remember le peppe...... The peoples equality against pablos persecution. The simplist wat will solve the problem.

    November 13, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    @infonomics:
    Lol. :)

    November 13, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    @Spidermonkey:
    Pablo Escabar.
    Oh, yes, I remember him well.
    He was an absolute beast.
    Evil incarnate.

    November 13, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Spidermonkey

    Hoax ? I dont see you laying in the hospital with a bullit in your head . I guess now we have to do a profile on you now . How in the world could somebody call these things a hoax? Remember youve probably never left the us to see other cultures so that makes someone else ignorant. I guess one day by some misfortune if you got shot than that would be a hoax? Somebody please come back on and ms gifford for her support!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Well i applaud the ows movement! At least they are ATTEMPTING to do something to make a difference which is a dayum sight better than doing NOTHING! And if any of you REALLY think our government is working for us youre in for a rude awakening.

    November 13, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
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