Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
September 23rd, 2012
04:48 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

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

Pressure builds on Libyan militias

The Libyan army on Sunday issued an ultimatum giving militias 48 hours to withdraw from military compounds and property belonging to members of the former regime in the country's capital and surrounding cities, the state-run LANA news agency said.

The development is yet another indication that public and governmental pressure is building against armed groups in Libya since people from a radical Islamist group were accused of involvement in an attack at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi earlier this month that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

On Friday, hundreds marched in Benghazi and took over the headquarters of Islamist militia Ansar al-Sharia, and protesters demanded an end to all security activities of armed groups operating outside the official command of the army or police.

Fighting groups that helped topple former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have stepped in to maintain law and order after the fall of the regime, according to Frederic Wehrey, a senior associate in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. But militia members largely distrust the new government's authority, in part because of the "taint" of a link to the Gadhafi regime, Wehrey told CNN.

Obama to address Iranian nuclear issue, Mideast unrest at United Nations

U.S. President Barack Obama will likely address Iran's nuclear program the recent unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, including in Libya, when he speaks to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, according to administration officials.

He is expected to once again reject the views in a controversial anti-Islam video that is thought to have instigated the violence, one official said, while underscoring that violence is never acceptable. Regarding Iran's nuclear program, the forum of world leaders is an "opportunity for him to underscore that Iran must not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon, an official said. Western governments have suspected Iran of trying to make nuclear weapons, but Iran insists its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is one of many world leaders expected to speak at the General Assembly this week. Watch for walkouts - diplomats have walked out on his U.N. speeches for three straight years, due in part to controversial comments about Israel.

Speaking of Israel, watch for the Palestinian Authority to announce at the General Assembly on Thursday an attempt to obtain nonmember observer state status at the U.N., one step up from its current status as a permanent observer. Israel objects, saying it is an attempt to get state recognition by shortcut, circumventing negotiations on critical issues.

Helping get students into college

About 75-100 entrepreneurs and developers will gather on Thursday at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, for a hackathon aiming to develop online tools to help young people get into college.

At the end of the daylong event, concepts will be presented to a panel of students. Their feedback and reactions will help decide the winners of prizes ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

The event is sponsored by Facebook and the Gates Foundation. The foundation is hoping it will provide impetus for further entries in its College Knowledge Challenge, which will provide grants of $50,000 to $100,000, for ideas that help students in the college entry and graduation process.

Ice cream museum to open

In what should be one of the sweetest moments of the coming week, what bills itself as the world's first museum for gelato, or Italian ice cream opens, Thursday in Italy.

The 1,000-square-meter (10,763-square-foot) Carpigiani Gelato Museum in Bologna is "the first of its kind to delve into the history, culture, and technology of artisan gelato, a fresh, high-quality food that well represents Italian creativity and excellence throughout the world!" the museum's website says.

The museum will trace the history of gelato, from ancient Mesopotamia to current freezers, according to the museum's website.

"More than 20 original machines will find a new home in the Carpigiani Gelato Museum, along with multimedia presentations, 10,000 historical images and documents, precious accessories and tools of the trade from ages past, video interviews, and workshops," it says.

One question surely to be asked is, "Is this really the world's first?"

The answer probably depends on whether you consider gelato to be ice cream.

The website worldoficecream.com points out that ice creams have a certain amount of air whipped in. The less air, the better the quality. But gelato has no air at all.

So if you're not up for a trip to Italy and want something a bit closer to home, the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor and Museum in Le Mars, Iowa, or the Velvet Ice Cream Museum in Licking County, Ohio, might be a better choice. And you can answer for yourself what's first or best.

Massive charity concert in New York City

Organizers are calling it the "largest syndicated charity concert in online and broadcast TV history."  The stars are Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses and K'Naan. The venue is New York City's Central Park.

It's the Global Citizen Festival, organized by the Global Poverty Project to raise awareness and hopefully some money to fight extreme poverty around the world. The concert is being held while world leaders gather in New York for the U.N. General Assembly, and organizers hope the presence of 60,000 concert-goers in Central Park will help "to secure more than $100 million in new commitments from charities, businesses and governments to fight extreme poverty through our NGO partners," according to the festival's website.

Tickets were free and awarded to folks who registered as "Global Citizens" with the group and then took some action such as signing a petition or sharing an item about poverty on a social network for which they earned points. Three points gained entry into a drawing for tickets, of which 27,000 pairs were awarded. The drawings closed on September 17.

Other VIP tickets are available for purchase, at prices ranging from $189.50 to $3,750 on the event's website.

If you can't get a ticket, the concert will be streamed live online at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday, with repeat showings streamed at 12:30 a.m and 8:30 a.m. ET on Sunday.

As to whether it will be the largest such event in history, MTV says portions of the Live Aid concert on July 13, 1985, were seen by 1.4 billion people. That's a pretty tall number to challenge.

soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Light1Up

    Hahaha. Hamsta. You must be a clown or a dedicated troll. You make me laugh.

    September 23, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bongo™

    Hi everyone. We sure hope all of you have a happy week. Gosh weekends go by too fast.

    September 23, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kenney

    @@@ raven , bombo , banasy,,,,how the heck is everyone doin ? Burning out here in cali hot ! So hello to all pals

    September 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO ©

    Remember what the GP troll used to do? Post something about the right wing thugs in Washington blah blah blah then he would post a reply to his own mindless post using my name or banasy or JIF or someone saying "great post George you are right on the money with that kind of thinking." But then 'somebody' hijacked the name George Patton and kept posting the most nauseatingly patriotic pro-US comments on every story, closing every time with "God bless America." He went nuts the first couple of days complaining about people trolling him, but then we never saw him again. Ah, good times. Now if we could just get rid of the pizza loving gay hating troll.

    September 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kenney

    @@@raven @ 9:04,,,thats funny i think that gahdafi was tainted though ,,,,

    September 23, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO ©

    Hi Kenny, raven, banasy and all, including Matt Groening's one eared rabbit bongo.

    September 23, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bongo™

      Thanks our friend : ) We hope your evening is being happy happy. : )

      September 23, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO ©

    Which two, is Chumlee one of them? I'd like to see an arguement between Piers and Chumlee. I think Chumlee would confuse the hell out of Piers.

    September 23, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kenney

    @ bombo,,,,howz it goen ? Its good to be back in ive been so busy and healing my frostbite to much work here to not complaining just so damm busy

    September 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Frostbite is nasty. I'm a hurtin' unit today too. I had a wisdom tooth pulled on Thursday, and today I stupidly went out and "picked" the last bunch of apples way high up on the tree. Actually, instead of picking them I stood on top of a step ladder and used a fishing net to knock them off the branches. Some landed in the net, some on the ground. Oh well. But I ripped the fishing net, so then I used a rake to knock the rest out. Scratched my arms up pretty badly. I'd love to have a stiff drink now, but alcohol makes nauseous when I'm on antibiotics.

      September 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      It also renders the antibiotics useless, so stay away from them, Bombo.

      I've never had frostbite; how long does it take to typically heal?

      September 23, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Frostbite is similar to burns, in that they can be varying depth and severity. I've only ever had a couple of surface type things that require no treatment but are still painful, like when you accidentally pick up a hot pot or pan. But you don't get the sudden pain like with a burn, just the more prolonged pain as the ice crystal thaw and micro chunks of ice cut at your skin. More severe cases cause bruising and perhaps permanent nerve damage. In really severe cases you may need amputation of badly damaged extremities.

      September 23, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, ouch!
      *Note to self...no frostbite*

      September 23, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bongo™

    I wanted it to be good Chumlee too. He is funny : ). It's the dad and son. I turned it because Piers was getting mean.

    September 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BOMBO ©

    I know Philip hates gay people almost as much as priests, and a bit more than older women. But I think the guy who hijacks names and keeps saying "I like pepperoni pizza" and occasionally adding in crude insults about gay people is someone else. Seems like a different writing style.

    September 23, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Hey, Kenney, what's the haps?
    Bombo, I knew you were talking about MG's one eared bunny! "Life in Hell", right?
    And make no mistake, it's all the same guy.
    He's here now, still.

    September 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Troll Trap

    I think by my writing style, y'all know who I am. M.R. backer. Love that kettle popcorn, and today you know that. And. You've known me more than a year.

    September 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BOMBO ©

    Well banasy, if it's all one guy he's a master of disguises. I figured at least 2 or 3 guys. I'll assume you know for sure since you've got a history with some of the other posters that predates my involvement here.

    September 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Troll Trap
    What a coincidence, I love kettle too.

    September 23, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. raven

    Aw, my favorite people are here! Yay me! Hey Bombo, Kenney, and m.s! My happy is on full blast now.

    September 23, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
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