Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
December 4th, 2011
04:28 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Here is a look at some of the stories that CNN.com plans to follow this week:

WikiLeaks founder to face British high court

Julian Assange takes his fight against Swedish extradition before Britain’s Supreme Court on Monday.

He is expected to argue that his case raises a question of general public importance and so should be decided by some of the country's most senior judges.

Assange lost a high court battle against removal last month but has announced he wants to continue the fight against a European arrest warrant that has been outstanding since last December. A Supreme Court hearing would be the third stage of the 40-year-old Australian's appeal against extradition to face allegations of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion by two women he met on a visit to Stockholm in August 2010.

Assange has been under house arrest for nearly a year.

The secret life of Julian Assange

The euro needs a hero

Investors in the U.S. and abroad will be looking to Europe to determine how to bet on the markets.

The big difference this week: Investors have a newfound faith that central bankers and politicians will work together to keep the markets from falling into disarray.

There's that much more pressure on the leaders of 27 European Union nations to give the market answers to how the sovereign debt crisis can be cured when they meet in Brussels on Thursday and Friday.

And investors will be listening carefully to whether Mario Draghi, the newly installed president of the European Central Bank, will consider buying bonds to help the European economy following the bank's regularly scheduled policy meeting Thursday.

Inside the Mad world of cartoonist Al Jaffee

Al Jaffee, who will be 91 in February, is known for his artistic contraptions, many designed during his long relationship with Mad magazine. There's the Mad Fold-in, the magazine's inside back page, which cleverly turns one Jaffee work into another by folding one portion over another. There's "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions," in which a humdrum question leads to several unexpected sarcastic responses.

Jaffee’s anchor has always been art. He thought he was “just being very silly” - he didn’t realize he was paving the way for The Onion and Jon Stewart.

In this week's Monday Profile, CNN.com's Todd Leopold unwraps the quirky intellect behind the even more quirky artwork, as well as his relationship with Mad mastermind Bill Gaines.

Germany to host summit on Afghanistan’s future

Nearly 100 nations will gather in Bonn, Germany, on Monday to chart the peace process for Afghanistan. The summit comes amid fresh tensions after the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a NATO airstrike.

Amid a backdrop of economic troubles for most Western nations, Afghanistan officials will look to get assurances from world powers that long-term commitments to the war-torn country aren’t forgotten.

Pakistani family mourns soldier’s death

Amy Winehouse album to hit stores

Universal Republic is set Tuesday to release Amy Winehouse's “Lioness: Hidden Treasures,”  the spirited posthumous album from the troubled British singer.

While early reviews have been cordial, critics say it is readily apparent that the 12-track collection, featuring original and alternate versions of classic songs, was cobbled together rather quickly.

The album comes days after a dress the singer wore for her "Back to Black" album cover fetched $67,120 at auction.

To build buzz for the album, the Winehouse camp recently released via YouTube Winehouse’s version of the 1960s’ hit by Ruby and the Romantics, “Our Day Will Come.”

Heisman vote is Saturday

College football's most prestigious individual award, the Heisman Trophy, will be awarded Saturday to the best player in the nation. This figures to be one of the tightest Heisman races in years as several players have turned in stellar seasons, including Alabama's Trent Richardson, Baylor's Robert Griffin III and Stanford's Andrew Luck. The event will air live on ESPN.

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  1. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    UHH ,AMY WINEHOUSE GONNA SING OLD OUT DATED SONGS. IM BREATHLESS.

    December 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jose

    This rat is getting scared.
    If he weren't guilty, he wouldn't fear extridation to Sweden, of all places.
    Sweden has never been a toadie of the US.

    December 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre, Milwauke, WI

      The USA wants to get him to a country where they can extradite him back to the USA, perhaps GITMO, because he caused a little stir with the release of the TRUTH... this is all political...

      Americans have a real aversion for the TRUTH, like Jose, they would rather eat the pablum propoganda the USA government puts out!

      December 4, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fanny Farquair

    I love Al Jafee!!!

    December 4, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emigdio Alvarez

      the fold-in back covers are what i look for in every mad magazine (that and spy vs spy)

      December 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jose

    Funny that there is no mention of Keenum, who now holds all the important NCAA Quarterback records.

    Oh, well, most of the recent Heisman winners are all losers in the pros.

    December 4, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      umm, like Cam Newton? All-time rushing TD leader for QB's.

      December 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre, Milwauke, WI

      Jose, I would not call anyone a loser if I were you...

      December 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Phat Phanny (oac)

    What long term commitment is Afghanistan looking for ? We trained your people to defend themselves. We've given you the weapons you'll need. And I'm sure we'll keep sending yoou billions of dollars each year. The rest is on you.

    December 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fanny Farquair

    How much more assurance does Afghanistan need? Don't we hold their hand enough already? Geez!

    December 4, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Phat Phanny (oac)

    We've kept the talibans head down for ten years now. If they can't go to the bathroom by themselves now, they need to start wearing depends.

    December 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pearl

    @ Phat Phanny (oac), You must be a HICK from the sticks! Yes, we will tell it like it is.... 🙂

    December 4, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Phat Phanny (oac)

    @Pearl
    Yeah I got your hick stick hanging right here. Yes, we tell it like it is.

    December 4, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pearl

    Sorry Phat, I'm not like that!!! see ya around

    December 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Phat Phanny (oac)

    @Pearl
    No you won't. If you can't take the heat, stay the hell out of the kitchen. In other words, Don't start none, There won't be none.

    December 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pearl

    It was a compliment DUMMY! Your the one who got all gay on me

    December 4, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Phat Phanny (oac)

    Momma always said Gay is, As Gay does.

    December 4, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pearl

    Oh so you taste like MINT inside ? LOL

    December 4, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Phat Phanny (oac)

    Actually Pearl, I'm just messing around with you. My woman tells me she likes my cream filling. All protein and no calories.

    December 4, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
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