’Tis the season for predictions, prognostications, and wild-eyed speculation regarding the year to come. Every pundit worth his salt wants to crank up the crystal ball in the hopes of getting an "I told you so" moment this time next year. I'm no different, but I wouldn't touch presidential election predictions with a 10-foot pole right now. What I do like to do, however, is try to predict a few of the names people will learn this year. On December 31, 2010, most people had never heard of Herman Cain, Jack Layton, Kim Jong-un, or Mohamed Bouazizi, but all four became big names in 2011. Not all of those types of stories can be predicted, but a few can. So, here are the five up-and-comers on the world stage that I will be watching this year. Each has a shot at making big news --- but will they succeed?