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.

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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. bocat (in a hat)

    Helloooooo Chrissy
    How the heck you doing lady ? We've all missed you on these blogs.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. Spidermonkey

    Yes pablo was a total tyrant!!!!! I had the opportunity one day to eye to eye with him it only took a fraction of a second to see the evil and feel it to. Tha man used to send his soldiers out to tjreaten peasents into growing his coca. If they resisted it was instant death!!!! Another example was when i witnessed children in extraction vats where they soak coca leaves to extract the coca base , using kerosene or other chemicals and th children would be in these vats with the chems moving the product around those people are a very kind culture

    November 14, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. George Patton

    Of course it's quite easy to bash the OWS Movement when one has a job and can pay their bills. These ignoramuses have no idea what it is to go hungry and not be able to find work through no fault of their own. This womanizing idiot Herman Cain proved his own ignorance by agreeing with them. If one could only come up with a cure for ignorance, only then will this country recover from this economic and moral nightmare! These are the same idiots who like all these useless wars that we're in!!! How many of them ever finished grade school for crying out loud???

    November 14, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • chrissy

      Thank you, George. I couldn't agree with you more about these ignorant fools here. They appear to be a lot of no brainers by letting the right-wing government in Washington do their thinking for them. We need change and need it bad!!!

      November 14, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Bee

      Reply to chrissy: Since when has there been a "right wing" [conservative] government in Washington? The government is pretty well split between liberals (left wing) and conservatives (right wing). That's why we're having so much gridlock!

      November 14, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. Spidermonkey

    Somebody has forgoten one thing we work for the government!!!!!!! Thats the infidels them not us. How do you think the drug wars we fell into a game of chance and we lost , the tax payer that is , we supported the ultimate plane and now we have to reap the sufferimg of it .....so much for our tax dollars at work

    November 14, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Bee

      You need to go back to the drawing board, Spidermonkey. What you wrote is totally incoherent and makes no sense. What are you smoking these days?

      November 14, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Spidermonkey

    What we need in this country is the biggest revolt this country has ever seen. I was not saying that i like war, but are we not having a war in this country right now? Think about it!!!! Just for a momment,,,, but a revolt of all people regardless of boundrys would be listened to. This occupy movement hasnt even got there attention ,because we are at the bottom of the food chain!!! Am i not right ? The feed on us!!!!!!

    November 14, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Travis

      What we need to do here is to break the power of the MIC(military-industrial-complex), Spidermonkey and take this country back. Sadly enough, that's not likely to happen any time soon!

      November 14, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • pwd

      Do you know how many people would give a arm and leg to have what you have in the U.S.

      November 14, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    not me @ l2:l3 and hey bobcat how you been? i see the trolls are still kickin, freakin morons lmao. just been busy didnt banasy tell you?

    November 14, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Travis

    Thank you chrissy. At your 11:58 post you said that the government doesn't work for us and nothing could be closer to the truth. The problem here is that the MIC(military-industrial-complex) owns both the Congress and the White House. In fact, all the Republican presidential candidates except for Ron Paul also plan to work for the MIC, once elected to office. In short, the U.S. has in fact ceased to be a democracy in a very true sense!

    November 14, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. bocat (in a hat)


    Yeah she did say you've been busy. Are you starting to get your strenth back ?
    I got to go see my heart doctor tomorrow.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Another senseless comment from another mindless Tea Partier. This just goes on endlessly. Too bad that these people have to bore the dickens out of the rest of us just because they can't think their way out of a wet paper bag!!! Don't you agree, chrissy???

      November 14, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • bocat (in a hat)


      You're comment has been noted and ignored.

      November 14, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    and well said spidermonkey, and unfortunately thats what its gonna take to wake them up! did anyone watch 60 minutes this week? the part about congressional members making a fortune on information used for stock trading prior to congress votes? disgusting

    November 14, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    particularly interesting was that in 2009 nancy pelosi and hubby made a fortune from visa stock based on info not public that was going to be voted on the following day. those are the types of things we are protesting! and @ bobcat my dr says im doin well

    November 14, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Getter Done

    Peace Talks, I think they mean surrender to the enemy and give them conditions to stay in power to continue on with corruption and human right abuses. Is this just another Vietnam war? Sure sounds like it after to billions spent there and the great loss of American lives. This is a slap in the face to the families of lost ones in battle and taxpayers.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    and no frank i dont agree and where do u keep gettin this crap that everyone is a mindless teapartier? im anti government if u aint caught on to that fact yet!

    November 14, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. Spidermonkey

    Think you for the support folks. I guess i still have a brain afterall . Another thing is several years ago i had the opportunity to go to dc and than to new york of course i declined . I was asked why, i said ive seen this government and its damage done, 2nd this political system is a hyprocriteheard of the statue of liberty? Will now its the statue of hipocracy!!!!! Our country is seen as infedels for good reason, all truth doeas come to pass , weve been accused of it for so long now we are showing there true colors, just look at that 1 percent can it be wrong?????

    November 14, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. dagirrrl

    Look at the pretty faces....It seems that if a creative genuis came along...he or she could create a monster with such faces....

    November 14, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. Spidermonkey

    Hey chrissy, remember the harvard b class of 1970?

    November 14, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
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