Editor of the International section of Estado de Minas, the main daily newspaper of Minas Gerais, Pablo Pires Fernandes reports from the Federative Republic of Brazil, pop. 201,032,714 (est. 2013). There is rising turbulence as Brazil sinks deeper into recession, the massive corruption scandal involving the national oil company Petrobras has ensnared scores of politicians and businessmen. President Dilma Rousseff's popularity rating, less than a year after her re-election, is down to one digit, and recent nationwide protests reverberated with calls for her impeachment.