Stories written by Diana Cariboni
Diana Cariboni has been the co-editor-in-chief of IPS since june 2013. Before that, she was IPS associate editor-in-chief for three years. She has also served as the regional editor of IPS Latin America since March 2003. Working together with the editor in chief, she is responsible for the content of the IPS World Service and overall journalistic production, particularly in Spanish. Since March 2007, she has served as editor of the award-winning Tierramérica, a weekly service about the environment and sustainable development published by more than 20 Latin American newspapers. She led the teams that reported from the Copenhagen and Cancun climate change negotiations in 2009 and 2010. Diana has trained dozens of journalists throughout Latin America and taught journalism in the ORT University school of media and communications, Uruguay. In 2007, she was co-awarded the AVINA scholarship for investigative journalism in sustainable development for the project The Unusual Wealth of the Chocó. She began her career as a journalist in 1992 working for various media outlets in Uruguay, such as El Observador and El País newspapers, and the Sarandí and Setiembre FM radio stations. Cariboni specialises in technology, science and public health. She also worked as a writer on international politics, economy and the environment for Third World Institute publications, a subsidiary of the Third World Network. She is married and the mother of five children. She was born in Argentina in 1962 and has lived in Uruguay since 1984. She joined IPS in 2001. | Twitter |

Mayan pyramid of criticism of polluting countries in Cancunmesse.  Credit: Diana Cariboni/IPS

CLIMATE CHANGE: Lost in Cancun

"The hurricane season officially ended on Nov. 30," a local shopkeeper told this journalist reassuringly as she entered his store with her hair blown in every direction by the wind on a drizzly, cloudy day.

Demonstration in support of President Rafael Correa, who was just rescued by the army after being kidnapped by the police. Credit: Office of the President of Ecuador

Q&A: The President “Is Going to Pay for What He’s Done”

"We're not letting him (President Rafael Correa) leave, and he's going to pay for what he's done to the police."

Villagers in Shamva, Zimbabwe, test a prototype of a water pump and tank for irrigating their gardens.  Credit: Vusumuzi Sifile/IPS

How to Spend Environmental Funds

The world's multilateral credit institutions have often faced the criticism that they cause more problems than they prevent. As the challenges increase, such as those posed by climate change, the debate is shifting to environmental financing.

World Court Highlights Environmental Vulnerability of Uruguay River

If anything was left clear by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on the long-running pulp mill dispute between Argentina and Uruguay, it was the weakness of rules and regulations to prevent pollution of the Uruguay River in the 508-km stretch shared by the two countries.

President José Mujica and Vice President Danilo Astori leaving the legislative palace. Credit: Julieta Sokolowicz/IPS

URUGUAY: New President Aims for Leap in Development

"I've been crying (tears of joy) since yesterday. It's amazing to see how an ordinary person made it so far," said 44-year-old María del Rosario Corbo, referring to Uruguay's new President José "Pepe" Mujica, who was sworn in Monday at the head of this South American country's second leftist administration.

The ice is melting on Popocatépetl volcano in Mexico. Credit: Mauricio Ramos/IPS

CLIMATE CHANGE: Latin America’s Perpetual Fever

"To use a soccer metaphor, which Brazilian politicians like so much, the Kyoto Protocol was the 10-minute warm-up before the real game begins," said scientist Carlos Nobre in reference to global climate change treaties.

The glaciers of Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano are disappearing. - Mauricio Ramos/IPS

Latin America's Perpetual Fever

Twenty-three Latin American scientists responded to an extensive questionnaire from Tierramérica. The result is a map of the biggest challenges that climate change poses for the region, from a journalistic perspective.

URUGUAY: Next President to Emerge from November Runoff

Uruguay's Electoral Court announced Monday that the governing Broad Front (FA) candidate José Mujica took 48 percent of the vote in Sunday's elections, which means he will face off with former conservative president Luis Alberto Lacalle of the National Party (PN) in a second round on Nov. 29.

HONDURAS: Coup d'Etat – What's In a Name?

The events unleashed two weeks ago in Honduras have raised questions about the options available in a democratic system to penalise infringements of the constitution without, in turn, trampling the constitution.

URUGUAY: Women Breaking Out of Political Corset

When Uruguay returned to democracy in 1985, "a political corset was put on women," said a member of the opposition Colorado Party.

LATIN AMERICA: Indigenous Reporting – Between Activism and Professionalism

Indigenous journalism would seem to be in a stage similar to what environmentalism experienced a few decades ago: born of necessity and protest, it is caught in a constant state of tension between activism and professionalism.

URUGUAY: Congress Votes to Legalise Abortion, But Veto Likely

Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez and his cabinet have 10 days to promulgate or veto a bill that would decriminalise abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, which was passed Tuesday by the Senate.

 Credit: US government

COLOMBIA: No Big Changes Expected after Rebel Chief’s Death

The death and replacement of FARC chief "Manuel Marulanda" will bring neither a breakdown nor a change in direction in the Colombian rebel group, which has been militarily weakened and has fallen silent on the political front, according to experts on Latin America’s longest-lived guerrilla movement.

MEDIA-COLOMBIA: Unraveling the “New” FARC Announcement

Colombian and international media outlets reported Thursday and Friday that the FARC guerrillas had "ruled out" the release of Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt in an article issued after a French emergency medical mission to save the gravely ill hostage got underway. The problem is that the FARC statement is actually more than two weeks old.

Transporting building materials by "panga". Credit: Jesús Abad Colorado

COLOMBIA: Black Communities Organise in Country’s Poorest Region

During the "high season" of popular festivals in Colombia’s Chocó region, "pregnant girls as young as 13 start flowing in," says a nursing assistant in the obstetrics department at the hospital of the provincial capital, Quibdó.

The flooded villages along the Atrato River are breeding grounds for malaria mosquitoes. Credit: Jesús Abad Colorado

COLOMBIA: Malaria Winning the Battle in Choco

The Atrato River is "full of malaria", according to a dozen men in rubber boots, standing in the water that has inundated the village of Tanguí, in Colombia's north-western jungle.

Nuevo Bellavista Credit: Jesús Abad Colorado

COLOMBIA: A Painful Pilgrimage

"Father Antún! Father Antún is back!" were the happy, surprised shouts heard by the IPS news team accompanying Catholic priest Antún Ramos as he returned to his former parish in the village of Bellavista in northwestern Colombia.

The flooded villages along the Atrato River are breeding grounds for malaria mosquitoes. - Jesús Abad Colorado

Malaria Winning in Chocó

Malaria has taken hold in the Colombian department of Chocó and across almost the entire country, which will not meet the international goal of halving the disease by 2010.

Armed men are ubiquitous in Atrato. Credit: Jesús Abad Colorado

ELECTIONS-COLOMBIA: The Going Rate for Votes

What was the going rate for a vote? "About 100,000 pesos (50 dollars)," says Víctor Raúl Mosquera, the ombudsman for the northwestern Colombian department (province) of Chocó.

A load of lumber travels down the Atrato River. Credit: IPS/Jesús Abad Colorado

ENVIRONMENT-COLOMBIA: The Unusual Wealth of the Choco

"Let's go to the sea, let's go to the sea," one hears a nervous voice say every so often in the fishing village of Bahía Solano, on the Colombian Pacific coast. A package has been seen floating and boats are going after a not-so-traditional catch: cocaine thrown out by fleeing drug traffickers.

Log shipment on the Atrato River. - Jesús Abad Colorado

The Unusual Wealth of the Chocó

Colombia's megadiverse Chocó region lacks a sustainable development plan. A handful of researchers are looking for the key to prosperity for its extremely poor communities.

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