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. BOMBO

    Jaffee was always my favourite – uh – Madman. Is that the right term?

    Also, be gay if you all want, just don't expect me to join in.

    December 4, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Phat Phanny (oac)

    I cain't haelp it if'n I were born in them thar hills of motown. I gess I has to blame it on my Maw and Paw. They be some fahn peepos tho.

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

    I'm not touching that one for nothing, nite

    December 4, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Phat Phanny (oac)

    If you want to have an intelligent converstion, let's have an intelligent converstion. Starting off by calling people names is not the way to break the ice. Wouldn't you agree ?

    December 4, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)

    @Phat Phanny (oac)
    I guess some people hiding behind their computer screens think their being humorous by attacking people they don't even know. Don't let it bother you. You're going to run across that from time to time.

    December 4, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Phat Phanny (oac)

    Thank you you bobcat (in a hat). Most people on here seem pretty nice.

    December 4, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Portland tonyi

    It wasn't to long ago that the Heisman trophy was losing its shine. ESPN among others media outlets, hyped the award, which really means nothing today......Other than your school spent Mega bucks promoting their own candidate. The winner may get a good interview at a prestigious insurance company, but it won't get you a NFL contact.

    December 4, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat)

    @Portland tonyi
    No disrespect intended, but last years recipient is showing out with the Carolina Panthers.

    December 4, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark 5

    I don`t understand Julian Assange fighting exradition. He is acting guilty and does not seem to want to face his accusers. You would think an innocent man would have no problem. As Shakespeare would say"Me doth think he protests too much."

    December 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RayJacksonMS

    Totally just realized Julian looks like Mr. Humphries from Are You Being Served?

    December 4, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • EmoDallas

      I thought the exact same thing!! "I'm free!"

      I had to go look up John Inman just now. I'd somehow missed it when he died in 2007.

      December 4, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Calvin

      He's just as...sweet!

      December 4, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    @Mark 5:
    I have thought that all along.
    If he's not guilty of this charge, one would think he'd be eager to clear his name.

    Omg, you're right! He DOES!
    That show was hilarious...

    December 4, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Johnny3Tears

    No one in here will agree with me, but a) I think the Mad comics are kinda stupid (except for Spy vs. Spy) and b) the Heisman trophy really doesn't mean much

    December 4, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. markus

    test .... no comment

    December 4, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. markus

    f u CNN

    December 4, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. markus

    its called censorship

    December 4, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
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